Zantac (ranitidine), has been available on the market since 1983 when it was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for the treatment of heartburn, stomach ulcers, acid indigestion, and other conditions. It has been used to treat many conditions and millions of people believe it is safe to ingest.
The FDA suggested that some groups of these medicines had tested positive for the appearance of N-nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA), a probable human carcinogen. Consumers are concerned because it is not clear how long these drugs could have been containing this chemical.
If you were prescribed Zantac and ranitidine frequently and later became sick with stomach cancer or another form of cancer then you may be eligible for antacid cancer lawsuits.
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What is Stomach Cancer?
Stomach cancer is also known as gastric cancer. It's any form of cancer that occurs in the stomach. Stomach cancer develops slowly over many years. It begins as pre-cancerous changes to the sac's inner lining. There are rarely any symptoms during this stage, and most people don't know the danger. The stomach section in which cancer begins is what defines the type of stomach cancer.
Although symptoms are rare in the early stages, they can include:
- Unusual fatigue
- Unintentional weight loss
- Heartburn that persists and is severe
- After eating small quantities of food, feeling bloated or full
- Severe indigestion that doesn't go away
- Persistent nausea
- Persistent vomiting
- Stomach pain
The treatment options for stomach cancer include surgery, radiation therapy, chemotherapy, and targeted drug therapy.