Does Taking Zantac Lead to Organ Damage? | Dreyer Boyajian LLP

Organ Damage Linked to Zantac

Zantac – the well-known medication used to treat heartburn, stomach ulcers, gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), and various other conditions impacting the digestive tract – has been linked to various forms of cancer. One of Zantac’s main ingredients, N-nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA), has been labeled as a “probable human carcinogen” by the World Health Organization (WHO) and other authorities. Many cancer patients and their families have already started to pursue claims against the manufacturers of Zantac.

In addition to cancer, organ damage is another adverse effect linked to Zantac. Although some of the damage to internal organs occurs as a result of cancer, other issues associated with the drug are not.

If you live in the Saratoga Springs area, took Zantac, and were later diagnosed with cancer or another serious health issue, it is important to know your rights. Dreyer Boyajian LLP in New York is currently investigating Zantac claims, and we can review your case for free.

What Types of Organ Damage Have Been Linked to Zantac?

To date, evidence of organ damage linked to Zantac has primarily been restricted to the organs in the digestive and renal systems. These are the systems that are responsible for processing food as it comes in and processing waste as it goes out.

Specifically, use of both over-the-counter (OTC) and prescription Zantac has been linked to:

  • Gallbladder Damage – The gallbladder is a small, pear-shaped organ that assists with digestion in the intestines. While one of the manufacturer-recommended uses of Zantac is treatment of gallstones, there is evidence to suggest that using Zantac can cause damage to the gallbladder.
  • Kidney Damage – The kidneys are vital organs that serve several functions, from processing waste to assisting with the development of red blood cells. As a result, kidney damage can be extremely dangerous and even fatal in some cases. Zantac has been linked to kidney disease, which is a potentially permanent and degenerative condition that can eventually lead to kidney failure.
  • Large and Small Intestine Damage – Damage to the large and small intestines is another known side effect of Zantac use. Intestinal cancer is among the leading known causes of intestine damage linked to Zantac, though intestinal obstructions and other issues have been identified as well.
  • Liver Damage – Zantac has been linked to various forms of liver damage. These include liver swelling, liver blockages, liver disease, and other medical conditions. Depending on the severity of a patient’s liver damage, a full recovery may be possible. Alternatively, the patient could experience chronic or terminal effects.
  • Pancreas Damage – The pancreas is a digestive organ located behind the stomach in the upper abdomen. As part of the digestive system, the pancreas is susceptible to various side effects from the use of Zantac. These include pancreatitis, pancreatic cancer, and other conditions.
  • Stomach Damage – While common side effects of Zantac include stomach cramps, stomachaches, and digestive problems, in some cases these conditions can be symptoms of potentially serious organ damage. Similar to the other types of Zantac-related organ damage discussed above, stomach damage from Zantac can vary in both its effects and its severity.

This list is not exhaustive, but rather highlights some of the most common forms of organ damage that have been linked to Zantac to date. If you believe that you or a loved one may have suffered any type of organ damage related to Zantac use, you should consult with an attorney promptly.

Recovering Financial Compensation for Organ Damage Linked to Zantac

Zantac’s manufacturers are already facing numerous lawsuits alleging cancer, organ damage, and other issues linked to use of the drug. Many of these lawsuits remain pending in courts across the country.

In order to recover financial compensation for your losses – whether resulting from your own organ damage or the death of a loved one – you will need to hire an attorney to file a lawsuit against the makers of Zantac.

While the prospect of filing a lawsuit can seem daunting, your attorney will handle the entire process on your behalf. You will need to remain involved but, when there are steps you need to take, you can expect your attorney to provide advice and guidance along the way.

It costs nothing out of pocket to hire an attorney, as your attorney’s fees will be calculated as a percentage of the compensation you recover through a settlement or awarded to you in a jury verdict. Attorney fees are contingent on the successful outcome of your case.

Get Started on Your Zantac Claim

Being diagnosed with cancer, organ damage, or any serious ailment is a devastating experience. When a severe illness is linked to a drug you assumed to be safe, it is important to understand your rights and take legal action.

Dreyer Boyajian LLP have extensive experience handling claims involving dangerous drugs and other defective products. This is a complex area of law, and it is crucial to work with an attorney who has the knowledge, skills, resources, and tenacity to represent you effectively.

The first step toward recovering financial compensation for organ damage linked to Zantac is to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation. Call the Albany, NY attorneys at Dreyer Boyajian LLP at (518) 463-7784 today to get started.

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