The FDA requested removal of Zantac from the market on April 2020.
Each drug has its own set of flaws. And these flaws when left unchecked can lead to some very critical consequences. In fact, not being able to know when or when not to take a specific drug can separate you from life and death. When it comes to medicinal flaws, we often try to look at side effects. Strictly speaking, these are unwanted and unintended effects coming from the use of certain drugs. Zantac is one of the most popular drugs in the world, but that doesn’t mean that it is perfect. In fact, it is not even close to being one because of the existence of some side effects. So what are these side effects that you should watch out for?
But the most dangerous thing you can get of using Zantac is cancer.
One of the side effects that you should watch out for is what you call allergic reactions. It is a fact that humans, for one reason or another, reacts adversely towards a certain drug or food. And that adverse reaction can result into varying types of health problems. Allergic reactions can be as minor as some itching, redness, or nausea. But one of the worst allergic reactions associated with ranitidine use is anaphylaxis. This is the swelling of the airways, causing difficulty in breathing. Lastly, there’s a chance that the use of ranitidine can actually cause the development of certain food allergies because of their direct association to the development of food-rejecting IgE antibodies.
Another known side effect of Zantac use is that it can reduce mucosal perfusion in patients using this drug. It may not sound like a big deal, but it actually is. It can cause acute cardiac and renal failure, potentially causing sudden death to the person. Also, those who already have heart or kidney problems prior to taking ranitidine are more at risk to potentially have an organ failure.
Ranitidine is known to inhibit the effects of certain drugs, and can even affect the absorption of certain nutrients into the body. One nutrient that comes into mind is Vitamin B12. Because of this drug’s role as a H2 receptor antagonist, it can significantly reduce the absorption of this vitamin. Also, it can also reduce the absorption (and therefore the efficiency) of certain drugs. This is especially true for drugs that require an acidic stomach for optimal absorption such as calcium carbonate and azoles.
H2 inhibitors such as ranitidine is also linked with increased risk factors for certain health problems. Though the reasons are not yet clear, it is directly linked to a person’s susceptibility to diseases such as pneumonia and infectious diarrhea. In rare cases, thrombocytopenia, a condition that can lead to blood problems such as anemia and lowered platelet count, can also be encountered.
To sum it up, the use of ranitidine, popularly known as Zantac for most, has never been perfect. This is the reason why just like any drug, taking it needs careful precaution. It would be best to ask for the advice of your doctor first and to explore all options before sticking to a specific treatment.