Ranitidine has stirred up a lot of controversies as well as opinions in recent times ever since it has been pulled off many shelves in the last couple of years. Better known as ‘Zantac’, ranitidine is a form of medication people take to relieve heartburn and abdominal discomfort.

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In recent times scientists and doctors have been quickly unfolding how it may be bad for your health as well as linking it with causing cancer. Although these allegations are serious, it isn’t very clear how detrimental ranitidine is. With that being said, let’s break down what ranitidine is and how exactly it affects our health.

What is Ranitidine

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Ranitidine is an antibiotic drug that works to reduce the amount of acid produced by the stomach. Ranitidine is also used to treat and prevent the development of stomach and intestinal ulcers.

This medication is commonly used for people who have persistent heartburn or experience acid reflux. Most forms of ranitidine medication are over the counter and do not require you to have a medical prescription, making it an available and consumer-friendly medicine. 

Recent Findings and Ranitidine Concerns

Zantac and similar products containing ranitidine have been pulled off many shelves around the world as the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), has discovered that certain substances found in ranitidine have been linked with causing cancer.

The findings have come to light after they discovered that NDMA was found in a Zantac pill. NDMA, also known as N-nitrosodimethylamine, is a carcinogen found in lots of blood pressure and heart treating medication. NDMA is a contaminant that is found in water and foods including, red meat, poultry, dairy products, vegetables, and water.

Although there has been much product recalls over the last few months for Zantac and ranitidine medication, the FDA still advises consumers to follow their personal preference as more findings and research is required to identify the cause and effect relationship it has with cancer development.

Speak With Your Doctor


In light of the recent findings on ranitidine and its alarming association with cancer development, now is the best time to speak with your doctor regarding what type of medication you can take for your heartburn.

Although the controversy, speculation and overall negative light that ranitidine is being viewed under at the moment, some doctors will still tell you that it’s okay. So speak with your doctor and clear up any concerns that you may have, If you are still uncomfortable with taking ranitidine or any certain type of medication, your doctor will be able to advise you on other suitable alternatives of treatment. 

Preventing and Treating Gastric Reflux and Heartburn Naturally


Whether you are for, against or sitting on the fence regarding the safety of consuming ranitidine, you can learn and apply natural and safer remedies and lifestyle adjustments to treat, manage and prevent acid reflux from occurring.

Not only is it more reliable, but it’s also a more practical and sustainable approach to taking antibiotics. Here are a few you can try today.

  • Eat slowly and control your portions – When the stomach is overfed or too full, more reflux will go into the oesophagus. This is why it’s important to eat slowly as well as not overeating. You may want to eat more often, but in smaller portions throughout the day as opposed to having three large meals. 
  • Don’t sleep straight after eating – standing up or even just sitting will help to keep the acids in your stomach and not into your oesophagus. This means not napping after heavy meals or just lying down. 
  • Minimize carbonated Drinks – Carbonated drinks not only makes you feel bloated, but they encourage you to burp, sending acids into the oesophagus. Avoid sodas and sparkling drinks with juice and plain water instead.
  • Avoid trigger foods – Foods that are fatty, spicy or oily can trigger acid reflux and cause heartburn. Other foods such as garlic, coffee, mint, onions, and chocolates are known to increase acid reflux. Eat these foods sparingly and in smaller portions. Try to eliminate them and see if they may be the cause of your acid reflux. Speak with your dietician or doctor on what foods are most suitable for your health condition. 
  • Avoid fast movements – Do not exercise or make any rapid movements after eating. Wait a few hours before performing any physical activity. Try to avoid tasks that involve bending over as it may send acid from your stomach into your oesophagus.

When To See A Doctor?

Are you having any gastric problems, go to Okadoc.com or download our mobile app, and choose your preferred method of meeting your Gastroenterologist.