Heartburn medicine in cancer link

| 24/09/2019 | 15 Comments
Cayman News Service

(CNS): The commonly used heartburn medicine Ranitidine, or generic Zantac, has been found to contain some cancer-causing impurities beyond the usual permissible levels. Although the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the European Medicines Agency (EMA) have not yet banned the drug, it is now under evaluation and the Cayman Islands Health Services Authority said it was closely monitoring the review.

Once more information is released, the HSA said it will provide an update for the public but in the meantime officials recommend patients continue taking their Ranitidine as prescribed, despite the concerns.

Ranitidine is an over-the-counter and prescription histamine-2 blocker, which decreases the amount of stomach acid in patients. It is also used in the treatment of benign gastric ulcers.

Regulators were alerted by a US-based online pharmacy when their sample tests revealed the drug to contain some cancer-causing impurities. Since then Novartis and Sandoz have now recalled their Ranitidine or generic Zantac drugs, although the drugmakers have said they have not received any reports of adverse events related to the product as part of this recall.

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  1. Anonymous says:

    Natural remedies and good diet is the answer to any health issue x

  2. Anonymous says:

    I prefer to grow my medicine naturally with sun soil and water. Unfortunately I need a prescription for it from a place just like the one that was just raided for stocking a legal product. Oh well, it’ll be legal in a few years.

  3. Anonymous says:

    The dump will kill all you fools long before you need worry about this.

  4. Anonymous says:

    This has never been an entirely risk-free remedy. I found out a few years ago that taking it with most popular painkillers can lead to kidney damage. My GP in the UK had prescribed Voltarol for back pain but it was causing stomach upsets so he added Zantac to the mix. Thankfully the pharmacist spotted the potential problem and refused to supply the two medications together. The real solution was to change to another NSAI.

    Also check this out – https://www.edp24.co.uk/news/health/norfolk-teen-s-horrific-allergic-reaction-to-heartburn-tablets-left-her-fighting-for-her-life-1-3342535

  5. Anonymous says:

    Oh but this was developed by SCIENTISTS! There must be a mistake.

  6. Anonymous says:

    DGL (Deglycyrrhizinated Licorice) and seabuckthorn oil are the best when it comes to digestive system problems.

    • Anonymous says:

      Putting the right fuel in the tank can avoid having any problem to solve.

    • Anonymous says:

      5:43 I probably attract rude comments for posting this but Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Honey also works pretty well. A small shot drunk well chilled always eases trapped wind for me.

      • Anonymous says:

        Honey is a great medicine! Manuka honey in particularl good for someone with H.Pylori.

  7. STEVE says:

    I was prescribed two different acid drugs for a period of time. not wanting to be on meds I researched healthier remedies. food and diet was my enemy. I also had high blood pressure and was then diagnosed diabetic type 2. not wanting the diabetic tablets I again researched. result= lost 35 lbs. and all my meds through healthy eating.
    its all in the food folks. trust me.

  8. Anonymous says:

    Italy pharmaceutical banned this drug from their marker already.

  9. Anonymous says:

    Ignoring your body, and the gastro-inflammation behind the heartburn, can also lead to cancer. I was prescribed Nexium for >10yrs for GERD, and developed another disease. I eliminated gluten from diet and no more pills or problems.

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