As parents, we want what’s best for our babies.
So when they are constantly crying and spitting up, it’s hard to be sure if it’s normal or something more.
This scenario has led some parents to the doctor’s office where they may have been prescribed low-doses of a ranitidine-based medication to help soothe their child’s acid reflux.
While these medications can help combat acid reflux, they may be causing more unseen damages beneath the surface.
For decades these medications were considered safe, but recent research says otherwise.
Can Zantac Harm My Baby?
Zantac is a drug commonly used to treat heartburn symptoms in those who are pregnant, babies, children, and other adults.
Its widespread usage is what makes the possibility of serious side-effects so impactful and unheard of.
Zantac products are linked to allegedly causing cancer among adults and children as well as birth defects.
The dosage of ranitidine that babies take is far less than that of a child or adult, but the effects of the drug on such small bodies are still unknown.
There is no solid answer on whether or not Zantac can harm infants, but there are more and more lawsuits being filed by the day for those who have taken Zantac and experienced devastating side-effects.
Can I Give My Baby Ranitidine?
Ranitidine is just the generic form of Zantac, and is the basis for the Zantac recall.
All ranitidine-based medications were recalled by the FDA on April 1, 2020.
This means that adult variations, as well as those for children and babies, have been pulled from store shelves or are no longer being prescribed.
If you have leftover Zantac in your medicine cabinet, throw it away!
Ranitidine breaks down into NDMA, which is a known carcinogen.
The level of NDMA that develops in the packaging or by breaking down the drug within the body is highly disputed.
Zantac and Pregnancy: Possible Birth Defects
There are alleged links between taking Zantac while you are pregnant and birth defects. Birth defects linked to NDMA exposure may include (but are not limited to):
- cleft palate
- heart murmurs
- postnatal cancer
There have been studies on the effects of NDMA on mice that have had even greater birth defects including:
- neonatal deaths
Zantac has long been labeled as a Category B drug by the FDA. This means that the drug is supposed to be safe for a developing fetus.
Research is showing that this may not be true–Zantac may be more of a danger than previously thought.
Acid Reflux Alternatives to Zantac for Babies
We are not doctors, so you should contact your doctor for appropriate advice for your situation.
That being said, you should begin looking for an alternative to Zantac to help with your baby’s acid reflux.
We are not making any recommendations on which route you take. Again, please don’t take any of this as medical advice, but more as talking points to discuss options with your doctor.
Zantac Lawsuits and Babies: Qualifications to File
There are a growing number of lawsuits alleging that some birth defects and cancers in children resulted from taking Zantac.
There are different requirements for each of these cases when filing a lawsuit for your Zantac claim. These depend on whether or not the case is prenatal or pediatric.
Prenatal Exposure Cases
- At least 6 mos. of use during pregnancy
- Minimum of 300 mg/week during 6 months of pregnancy; and
- No more than 5 years after birth until the diagnosis of cancer
Pediatric Exposure Cases
- At least 1 year of use prior to cancer diagnosis
- Minimum of 150 mg/week during the 1-year period of use
- No more than 1 year since last use prior to cancer diagnosis
If you fit one of these categories of Zantac use and you or your child have experienced unfortunate side effects, please don’t hesitate to reach out for a free consultation.
Contact VanDerGinst Law
At VanDerGinst Law, we know that a lawsuit or settlement cannot reverse the damage that certain medications may have on you.
We also know that you are now experiencing financial burdens because of you or your child’s diagnosis. Seeking compensation can help relieve some of this burden.
If you decide to seek compensation for damages you believe may have been caused by Zantac, you can fill out our pre-qualification form. We would be honored to help during this difficult time.
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