Once one of the world’s most popular pharmaceutical drugs, heartburn medication Zantac has now be linked to several cancers due to what some researchers believe are high levels of a cancer-causing chemical. A Virginia woman is one of many who has recently taken legal action against Zantac manufacturers like GlaxoSmithKline, Sanofi, and others – filing a Zantac esophageal cancer lawsuit in New Jersey.
If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with cancer after regular longterm Zantac use, you should be aware that your family could have grounds for legal action against the manufacturers of Zantac. Our experienced defective drug lawyers can help you understand your family’s legal options in a free consultation.
Virginia Woman Files Zantac Esophageal Cancer Lawsuit Against Manufacturers of the Heartburn Drug
In January of this year, a Virginia woman sued various manufacturers of Zantac, alleging that the drug and other forms of ranitidine contain high levels of probable carcinogen NDMA. The woman believes that her esophageal cancer was caused by her regular use of Zantac.
Dozens of others have begun filing lawsuits against Zantac for a wide range of cancers.
What Are the Symptoms of Esophageal Cancer?
Symptoms of esophageal cancer vary from patient to patient. Some esophageal cancer patients do not notice any symptoms. Additionally, others may have some of these symptoms but due to another medical condition.
Common symptoms of esophageal cancer include:
- Painful and difficult swallowing, especially when eating meat, raw vegetables, or bread.
- Unexplained weight loss
- Coughing and hoarseness
- Pressure or burning sensation in the chest
- Indigestion and heartburn
- Choking on food frequently
- Pain near the breastbone or the throat
Risk Factors for Esophageal Cancer
Some common risk factors for esophageal cancer that you should be aware of include:
- Age – Those between 45-70 years old are at the highest risk of esophageal cancer.
- Achlasia -A condition when the esophagus’ lower muscular ring does not relax when swallowing food.
- Alcohol – Heavy drinking over several years increases the risk of squamous cell carcinoma of the esophagus. Tobacco use with drinking greatly increases this risk.
- Barrett’s esophagus – A condition that develops in some people who have chronic gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) of esophagitis.
- Diet and nutrition – Diets low in fruits, vegetables, and certain types of vitamins and minerals can result in a higher risk of esophageal cancer.
- Gender – Men are 3-4 times more likely than women to be diagnosed with esophageal cancer.
- Lye – Cleaning products containing lye are sometimes accidentally swallowed by children, and ingesting lye can increase the risk of squamous cell carcinoma.
- Obesity – The severely overweight are at an increased risk of developing certain types of esophageal cancer.
- Tobacco – All forms of tobacco increase the risk of esophageal cancer.