Taking Zantac Was An Elective Decision Not A Medical Necessity
Doctors are warned to monitor the kidney health of those that have switched from Zantac to PPI drugs like Nexium, Prilosec, and Prevacid
Wednesday, September 23, 2020 - Ranitidine drugs like Zantac which were taken to relieve acid indigestion have been pulled from the market after researchers found highly elevated levels of NDMA, a known carcinogen. Thousands of Zantac users are filing lawsuits across the country accusing Zantac of causing their cancer and Zantac's maker, Sanofi, of failing to warn consumers of the cancer danger. Zantac users are reporting suffering from several types of cancer including cancer of the stomach, bladder, esophagas, colon, prostate, and breast and are seeking guidance from qualified legal professionals. Zantac heartburn stomach cancer attorneys offer a free consultation and no obligation to file a claim.
Ranitidine alternative drug called protein pump inhibitors (PPI)s sold by brand names like Nexium, Prilosec, and Prevacid, are now considered dangerous since there have been reports of causing gradual kidney damage and eventually kidney failure. When H2-blocker drug Zantac was recalled, the FDA recommended patients switch to PPI drugs which have not shown to contain dangerous levels of NDMA. Histamine blocker drugs are used when the stomach produces too much acid. Zantac users should think twice before making the switch, however, because reliable studies indicate PPI drugs could do more harm than good.
According to researchers at Washington University School of Medicine, taking PPI drugs over a long period is linked to kidney damage that is unnoticable until it is too late. Dr. Ziyad Al-Aly, MD, assistant professor of medicine at Washington University School of Medicine conducted a study of 125,000 PPI patients to examine their history of kidney problems and concluded: "Our results indicate kidney problems can develop silently and gradually over time, eroding kidney function and leading to long-term kidney damage or even renal failure. Patients should be cautioned to tell their doctors if they're taking PPIs and only use the drugs when necessary."
It is unsettling to note that most people that have switched to PPI drugs have done so out of convenience and habit more than due to wanting to improve their health. Yet another study indicates that most Zantac or PPI heartburn and acid reflux patients did not need to take either drug. The Guardian reports: "... out of the 15 million Americans prescribed heartburn medications, only one-fourth need them. The vast majority of consumers can stop taking over-the-counter or prescription heartburn drugs without experiencing any adverse effects." Doctors that prescribe or recommend OTC PPI drugs are urged to consider the patient's kidney health and advise them of the risks so they can make an informed decision. Heartburn and acid reflux is easily treated by eating less, eating more healithly, and leading a less-stressful lifestyle, rather than taking a Zantac or Prilosec the moment heartburn discomfort occurs.
Finally, the International Foundation for Gastrointestinal Disorders (GERD) warns patients considering taking PPI drug to consider long term PPI usage could have more adverse health consequences that kidney damage. "Be aware that an increased risk of fractures of the hip, wrist, and spine has been reported in some studies of patients using proton pump inhibitors. The greatest increased risk for these fractures was seen in patients who receive high doses of these medications or use them longer (a year or more)."
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