Pharmaceutical giant, GlaxoSmithKline, has recalled one of it’s most popular heartburn medications, Zantac, after unacceptable levels of potential carcinogen were reported to be found in the drug.

The heartburn medication, Ranitidine, which is marketed as Zantac, has been recalled globally after the FDA (US Food and Drug Administration) found an impurity that may cause cancer.

As per the Therapeutic Goods Administration website “The TGA is advising consumers and health professionals that several ranitidine-containing products have been removed from the Australian market due to contamination with an impurity called N‑nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA).”

Zantac 300mg Tablets and Zantac 150mg Tablets, Zantac 150mg/10mg Syrpup and Zantac 50mg/2ml Injection have been recalled.

A picture of prescription medication for heartburn

Anyone who has been taking the medication has been advised to see their GP. For more information, please visit the Therapeutic Goods Administration website here

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  • Thanks for the information.

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  • I used heartburn medicine when I was pregnant but can’t remember which brand. This is scary

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  • Thanks for the warning – hope it isn’t on the shelf any longer.

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  • Is it just me or is there more room recalls these days than there used to be?

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  • Don’t know why people use these drugs, there are natural remedies that are much safer but better still you need to get to the root of the cause, usually eating the wrong foods, eating too fast, not chewing enough, and eating too much processed foods. I find celery juice fixes digestive problems which often cause heart burn.

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  • Thanks for keeping us updated. I don’t use this, but it’s very useful to know to inform friends and family

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  • Good that I use the generic brand, thanks for notifying us

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  • Thank you for sharing. I didnt know it

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  • Eeek that’s frightening as I use this brand ????

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  • Oh gosh that is very concerning. I don’t take it but thanks for the update.

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  • I don’t use them. Thanks for the information.

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  • My Mum used to take this… for years! She’s on a different tablet now, thank God.

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  • Oh goodness that’s alarming!

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  • They found an impurity that may cause cancer?!? Why is this news not more broadly televised? This is the first I’m seeing this and know people who are currently taking this.

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  • Oh gosh, I lived on this during my pregnancy! Heartburn is the absolute worst :(

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