Ranitidine (Zantac) Provider Recommendation

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If you are a patient that is currently taking ranitidine, commonly known as Zantac, and you are worried about the recent news and FDA statement, we want to answer your questions.

Concern:
There has been a report that several manufacturers have found low levels of a contaminant called NDMA in their products. NDMA is a possible carcinogen. Although NDMA may cause harm in large amounts, the amounts found in ranitidine barely exceeds what can be found in water and foods, such as meats, dairy products, and vegetables.

In an effort to be cautious, Digestive Health Specialists, PA providers recommend switching to an alternative medication while the FDA completes their investigation of ranitidine. Below are alternative medications that may be an option for you.

  • Pepcid (famotidine)
  • Prilosec (omeprazole)
  • Nexium (esomeprazole)
  • Prevacid (lansoprazole)

Before making any changes to your medication, speak to your doctor or your gastroenterologist. You may reach out to us through MyChart or calling our office at (336) 768-6211 and asking to speak to a triage nurse.

The FDA is still investigating this concern. If you would like to read the statement, click on the following link.
Ranitidine FDA Statement

 

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