Saturday’s Daily Piece: Removal of OTC Ranitidine (OTC Zantac) from Market: Why and Alternatives

Well, I have am going away from diabetes on this daily piece. Over the counter (OTC) medications are medications available for purchase without a prescription. OTC ranitidine ( OTC Zantac) has now been discontinued due to impurity of N-Nitrosodimethylamine (NMDA; increases person’s risk of developing cancer) found in some of the products. NMDA within some of the OTC ranitidine increases over time and at temperatures above room temperature. We do not know who long or how these products are stored so discontinuation of OTC ranitidine (OTC Zantac) is best. OTC alternatives for ranitidine within the same drug class (histamine 2 receptor antagonists) are famotidine (Pepcid) and cimetidine (Tagamet). I do advise caution with cimetidine (Tagament) as it interacts with many medications.

FDA Requests Removal of All Ranitidine Products (Zantac) from the ...
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