Zantac is a heartburn drug that has been used on the market for decades. Just recently, in 2019, the FDA announced that the chemical N-nitrosodimethylamine, or NDMA, found in Zantac could cause cancer.
Additionally, the World Health Organization (WHO) has stated that NDMA may cause colorectal or gastric cancer when consumed in large volumes over time.
Signs You Might Have Cancer
According to ZME Science, if you have been regularly taking Zantac for heartburn and acid reflux, the following signs might mean you have developed colorectal (colon) cancer.
- Anemia related to intestinal bleeding
- Sudden and persistent changes in stool including diarrhea or constipation
- Episodes of pain, cramps, or gas in the abdomen
- Bloatedness or the gut never feels empty even after defecating
- The feeling of fatigue or weakness
- An unexpected loss of weight
Your risk for developing cancer is increased if your family has a history of colon cancer. If you suspect that you have cancer, get tested immediately.
Zantac Cancer Testing Options
MRI – The magnetic resonance imaging method is the best test so far for detecting colorectal cancer in humans.
CT scan – This scan is used on patients who have already been diagnosed with colorectal cancer. It checks whether the cancer has metastasized in other body parts.
Blood tests – Some doctors use this method to detect cancer, but it is not always 100% accurate. Blood tests identify colon cancer through the presence of the chemical carcinoembryonic antigen or CEA.
Taking a biopsy of your colon through surgery – If the doctor thinks you might have colon cancer, the doctor may suggest taking a biopsy of your colon through surgery. Surgeons will remove material from your colon to be tested at the laboratory.
Contact Your Doctor
If you have been taking Zantac for some time, you should ask your doctor if you are at risk of colon cancer. Your doctor will recommend tests to determine if you already have cancer, including blood tests as these may be the first to indicate the cancer presence in your body.
The FDA and the WHO have not released any definite statement that Zantac causes cancer, but because of the risks, you may consider using a different drug.
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