Over the course of the past few years, various studies have discovered a link between the usage of popular heartburn drug Zantac and diagnoses of several forms of cancer, including brain cancer. Our defective drug lawyers are seeking to help anyone who has been diagnosed with brain cancer or another form of cancer after longterm usage of Zantac. If you or a loved one is a current or former Zantac user with cancer, consider contacting us today to learn more about your legal rights – including a possible cancer lawsuit against the makers of Zantac.
Can Zantac Cause Brain Tumors?
Yes, the use of Zantac (ranitidine) has been linked to multiple forms of cancer, including cancerous brain tumors. Scientists believe that these cancers may be caused by longterm exposure to a chemical called N-nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA), which is found in Zantac.
If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with a brain tumor and have also used Zantac or another form of ranitidine, it’s possible that your tumor was caused by the heartburn drug. If so, you may have the right to take legal action by filing a lawsuit against a ranitidine manufacturer, such as Sanofi, Novartis, or GlaxoSmithKline.
What Are the First Signs of a Brain Tumor?
If you suspect that you may have a brain tumor, you should contact your doctor as soon as possible. Some of the most common signs and symptoms of a brain tumor include:
- Fatigue and drowsiness
- Changes in personality and memory
- Nausea or vomiting
- Trouble sleeping
- Speech problems
- Balance problems
- Hearing problems
- Vision issues, including blurred vision, double vision, or loss of peripheral vision
- Easily confused in common situations
If you have any of these symptoms and are concerned that they could be an indication of a brain tumor, we highly advise making a doctor’s appointment as soon as you can.
Primary Brain Tumors
Primary brain tumors are tumors that originate in the brain or in tissues surrounding the brain – such as the pituitary or pineal gland.
Primary brain tumors are less common than secondary brain tumors – when cancer from another part of the body spreads to the brain.
Types of Primary Brain Tumors
There are several different forms of primary brain tumors, including but not limited to:
- Gilomas – Tumors that start in the brain or spinal cord
- Acoustic Neuromas – Benign tumors that develop on nerves that control balance and hearing
- Pituitary Adenomas – Usually benign tumors developing in the pituitary gland, sometimes affecting pituitary hormones.
- Meningiomas – A tumor that originates in the membranes surrounding the brain and spinal cord. Most are not cancerous.
- Medulloblastomas – The most common cancerous brain tumors in children, beginning in the lower back section of the brain. These tumors often spread through the spinal fluid. Less common but possible in adults.
Secondary Brain Tumors
Secondary brain tumors are much more common than primary ones. They happen most often in people who have had cancer in the past. All types of cancer can spread to the brain, but some types do so more commonly than others:
- Lung cancer
- Kidney cancer
- Colon cancer
- Breast Cancer