Is There a Safe Alternative to Zantac?
Safe Zantac Alternatives
In the wake of the FDA’s urgent warning that Zantac may cause cancer, many heartburn sufferers are wondering about Zantac alternatives. In particular, “Are there any safe alternatives to Zantac?” And if so, “What is the best alternative to Zantac?”
WARNING: The FDA has ordered manufacturers to stop selling Zantac and generic ranitidine due to potential cancer associated with possible NDMA contamination. If you take prescription Zantac, talk with your doctor immediately. Those taking over-the-counter Zantac and other ranitidine medications are encouraged by the FDA to stop taking it immediately and seek Zantac alternatives.
Potential Zantac Alternatives
Zantac is one of the most common medications for treating heartburn in the United States. More than 15 million people are estimated to take prescription Zantac in the U.S., and millions more take the over-the-counter (OTC) version or other generic equivalents containing ranitidine.
The FDA and scientific researchers have warned that Zantac and other ranitidine-containing medications are contaminated with “unacceptable” levels of NDMA — a potentially cancer-causing chemical.
If you take prescription Zantac, over-the-counter Zantac or generic ranitidine, the FDA advises you and your doctor to consider Zantac alternatives.
Two classes of drugs may be appropriate alternatives to Zantac and generic ranitidine:
- Proton pump inhibitors (PPIs)
- H2 histamine receptor antagonists
Proton Pump Inhibitor Zantac Alternatives
The following proton pump inhibitors are FDA-approved and may be appropriate, safe Zantac alternatives for treating heartburn, depending on the advice of your doctor:
- Esomeprazole (brand name Nexium)
- Lansoprazole (brand name Prevacid)
- Omeprazole (brand name Prilosec)
Esomeprazole (Nexium), lansoprazole (Prevacid), and omeprazole (Prilosec) are PPIs (proton pump inhibitors). According to a report by MedTruth, PPIs are a “class of drug that work by irreversibly blocking the secretion of acid into the stomach by specific enzymes.
H2 Histamine Receptor Antagonist Zantac Alternatives
Zantac belongs to a class of medications called H2 histamine receptor antagonists. These medications work “by blocking histamine from activating he stomach lining cells that create and secrete acid into the stomach,” according to MedTruth.
While Zantac has been linked to NDMA contamination which may cause cancer, the contamination appears to be present only in ranitidine.
Two other H2 histamine receptor antagonists may be appropriate Zantac and generic ranitidine alternatives:
It is important to note that while these medications are generally tolerated well by patients, but certain H2 histamine receptor antagonists like cimetidine (Tagamet) have been linked to certain, potentially dangerous side effects.
“I take Zantac. Now what?”
The FDA advises those taking Zantac or generic ranitidine over-the-counter (OTC) to stop taking these drugs and seek potential alternatives. Those taking prescription Zantac or generic equivalents are advised to consult with their prescribing physician immediately. There are a variety of safe ranitidine alternatives available and your physician can help you make an informed decision.
The medications listed above are often effective in treating heartburn, which is a symptom of gastroesophageal reflux disease, or GERD. They may be appropriate alternatives to Zantac, but your specific circumstances may warrant different treatment.
IMPORTANT: As always, patients seeking Zantac alternatives are advised to consult with their doctor immediately for professional advice.
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