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Best alternatives to recalled heartburn medication Zantac

Earlier this month we wrote about the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s official recall of ranitidine, the medication known as Zantac. The product was recalled after it was determined to contain NDMA, a probable human carcinogen. If you’re someone that regularly takes Zantac though, you may have been left scrambling and wondering where to turn for heartburn relief. Today, we’re going to give some insight from on some possible alternatives to Zantac. 

As always, please consult with your doctor before making any changes to your medication. Below is a list of heartburn medications that, according to the FDA, have not been found to contain NDMA.

Safe Alternatives:

famotidine (Pepcid)

cimetidine (Tagamet)

esomeprazole (Nexium)

lansoprazole (Prevacid)

omeprazole (Prilosec)

In addition to the safe alternatives listed above, Dr. Robert Weber, pharmacy administrator at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, recommends looking into how changing your diet might help relieve your heartburn. Dr. Weber identifies caffeine, as well as alcohol, red wine, black pepper, garlic, raw onions, spicy foods, and hot sauce all as likely culprits in contributing to heartburn. It’s not just caffeine and spicy foods, everyday favorites such as chocolate, citrus fruits, and even tomatoes can all contribute.

Again, please consult with your doctor before making any changes to your medication. That being said, if you’re a prevalent Zantac user, it appears there are some good and truly safe alternatives out there.

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