Disclaimer: Florin|Roebig is no longer accepting claims against Zantac for tongue cancer. This content is for informational purposes.
Zantac is now associated with various cancers because of detected levels of a possible human carcinogen in ranitidine products. The once-popular heartburn medication Zantac (generic version ranitidine) is under intense scrutiny and litigation after the online pharmacy Valisure discovered significant levels of N-nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA) within the drug.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has urged the drugmakers of these products to issue voluntary recalls of their medications if they detect any levels of NDMA. As of early 2020, there have been at least 14 recalls of ranitidine products by various pharmaceutical companies.
The cancerous chemical in Zantac, NDMA, has been associated with several cancers, including stomach cancer and bladder cancer, but has not been directly associated with tongue cancer, oral cavity cancer, or head and neck cancer.
The Link Between N-Nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA) And Cancer
Various animal studies suggest there are carcinogenic, or cancerous, effects from ingesting NDMA. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) classifies NDMA as likely cancerous to humans. However, it’s important to note that studies in humans are limited.
Although NDMA has been associated with liver, lung, nasal cavity, bile duct, and kidney tumors in various lab rodents, there has been little evidence that NMDA causes oral or tongue cancer.
What Is Tongue Cancer?
Cancer of the tongue occurs when cells grow in an abnormal way and form a malignant, or cancerous, tumor or growth. In a technical sense, tongue cancer is actually a form of head and neck cancer.
However, if the cancerous tumor begins in the front part of the tongue that you stick out of your mouth, then it’s technically a type of oral cavity cancer. If the cancer occurs in the backside of the tongue, then it falls into the throat cancer category.
Is There A Link Between NDMA And Tongue Cancer?
There is little evidence to suggest exposure to NDMA or other nitrosamines can cause oral cavity cancer. However, one study assessed almost 9,000 rubber workers who experienced significant exposure to the chemical. The rubber industry is responsible for the highest known exposure of nitrosamines in humans.
Results from the study suggested this exposure was associated with an increased rate of cancer mortality. This includes deaths associated with cancers of the oral cavity (mouth) and pharynx, the membrane-lined cavity behind the nose and mouth.
Common Causes Of Tongue Cancer
Tongue cancer can occur from a variety of issues. Oral cavity and pharynx cancers are more likely to develop in the tongue than the lips, gums, or bottom of the mouth. White men and black men have the highest rates of oral cavity and pharynx cancer.
Some common causes of tongue cancer include:
- tobacco use
- alcohol use
- human Papillomavirus (HPV)
- exposure to direct sunlight
Tongue Cancer Facts And Symptoms
The five-year survival rate for oral cavity and pharynx cancers is 68 percent for white men and 45 percent for black men. The survival rate is lower for black men because they are often diagnosed at a later stage where the cancer is likely to have spread.
To spot the cancer as soon as possible, here are some signs of oral cavity and pharynx cancer:
- sore throat
- lump in nose, neck, throat, mouth, gums, or lips
- trouble breathing, speaking, chewing, and swallowing
- trouble opening the mouth
- trouble moving the jaw or tongue
- ear pain
- voice changes
Take steps to decrease your risk for tongue cancer by eating well, being active, not smoking or using tobacco, avoiding alcoholic drinks, and getting a vaccination for HPV.
Our Featured Case Results
What To Do If You Have Tongue Cancer And Have Taken Zantac
If you had a prescription for Zantac or took it regularly to treat heartburn or GERD, and have since developed tongue cancer, you may have options for legal recourse. After consulting with your physician, contact an attorney to find out if you’re eligible to join a Zantac lawsuit.
Your Zantac lawsuit is likely to be filed under multidistrict litigation (MDL). With MDL, several cases with the same or similar defendants are consolidated into one case. This way, courts don’t get bogged down by the same case over and over again.
The defendant in Zantac cases is likely to be one of the major pharmaceutical companies who failed to warn consumers about the possible cancerous risks associated with the medication.
We Are Nationally Awarded Lawyers
Contact Florin|Roebig For Help Filing A Zantac Lawsuit
With Zantac manufacturers under increasing litigation for failing to warn consumers about the drug’s risk for cancer, you may have the right to file a legal claim. If you developed tongue cancer and took Zantac, you likely have a case that’s worth considering.
At Florin|Roebig, we specialize in dangerous drug cases to help patients collect damages for harm caused by taking a medication that should have been safe. We offer free case evaluations to help you decide if pursuing legal action is the right thing to do.
To start your free case evaluation, or to learn more about Zantac lawsuits, contact Florin|Roebig today.