Zantac Cancer Lawsuits Being Reviewed by Alonso Krangle LLP
Recently, the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) found that Zantac, the popular heartburn medication, is contaminated with a carcinogen. The FDA discovered small amounts of NDMA in brand name Zantac and generic Ranitidine. NDMA is a carcinogen. In the aftermath of these findings, some manufacturers have voluntarily recalled Zantac, and stores have pulled the drugs off the shelves.
Lawyers across the country have also begun reviewing cases and preparing lawsuits against the makers of these medications. Why? Because, the lawsuits allege, the makers of Zantac knew that the drug could cause cancer. Millions of people take Zantac and its generic counterpart daily, often for years. People rely on drug manufacturers to be truthful and to warn them of dangers and side effects associated with using their products. When a drug manufacturer fails to do so, and injuries result, the company might be liable for the injuries.
If you or someone you love developed colon cancer after taking Zantac, call our lawyers at Alonso Krangle, LLP. We are reviewing claims now and can determine if you have a viable case against the makers of Zantac. We can help you collect the maximum damages the laws allow.
What is Colon Cancer?
Colon cancer can also be called colorectal cancer. It is cancer that usually begins in the colon or the large intestine. Rectal cancer begins in the rectum, but the terms are often interchangeable. Cancers in this part of the body usually start as small polyps that develop into cancerous tumors. Colon cancer typically grows slowly, so with screening, it is possible to remove polyps before they become cancerous.
What are the Symptoms of Colon Cancer?
- Unexplained weight loss
- Persistent, severe fatigue
- Abdominal pain, cramps, gas, bloating, that does not subside
- Rectal bleeding
- Blood in stool
- A persistent change in your bowels- diarrhea, constipation, change in consistency
- Feeling of weakness
Unfortunately, many people ignore the signs of colon cancer, attributing them to other ailments or just assuming they are “normal.” It is important to recognize physical changes that might indicate you have colon cancer. When found early, it is often treatable. Colon cancer, when it does spread, may injure the liver, lungs, and abdomen.
Risk Factors of Colorectal Cancer
- Personal medical history – If you’ve already had colon cancer or you have had noncancerous polyps, you have an increased risk of getting colon cancer. Having colitis or Chron’s disease can also increase your risk of getting colon cancer.
- Age – Most people diagnosed with colon cancer are over 50.
- Smoking – People who smoke may have an increased risk of colon cancer.
- Genetics – Some gene mutations passed through your family can increase your risk of colon cancer.
- Diet – Colon cancer and rectal cancer may be associated with a typical Western diet. Low fiber, high fat, high-calorie diets increase the risk of colon cancer. Eating an abundance of processed food and red meat may also increase this risk. Drinking alcohol also increases the risk of developing colon cancer.
- Family medical history – You are more likely to get colorectal cancer if you have a close relative with the disease.
- Lifestyle – Inactive people are more likely to develop colon cancer than people who are active and exercise regularly.
- Diabetes – People with diabetes have an increased risk of colon cancer.
- Weight – Compared with people who maintain a healthy weight, people who are obese have an increased risk of having colon cancer and dying from colon cancer.
- Environmental factors – Mutations to your genes caused by environmental factors can increase your risk of colon cancer.
Treating Colorectal Cancer
Like all cancers, treatment is something patients discuss with their doctors and depends mainly on the stage of the cancer. Possible treatments for colon cancer include:
- Surgery to remove the polyps or tumors from the colon
- Partial resection
- Partial colectomy
- Colostomy temporary or permanent
- Lymph node removal
- Advanced colon cancer may require liver surgeries
- Targeted therapy
If you took Zantac and developed colon cancer, consider whether filing a lawsuit is right for you. Call our lawyers at Alonso Krangle, LLP, to find out if you have a Zantac claim. If taking Zantac caused your cancer, you might be entitled to substantial monetary damages.
Call our lawyers today at 800-403-6191 for a free evaluation of your Zantac claim.