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Zantac (heartburn medication)

Zantac is an over-the-counter (OTC) heartburn medication.  The generic name is ranitidine.  The company has spent billions in advertising the product; it is virtually a household name.  After numerous studies showed Zantac caused liver damage, the product was recalled.  Recent studies show it also causes cancer in the same way drugs with NDMA cause cancer. 

Valsartan (high blood pressure medication)

Valsartan is an angiotensin II receptor blocker (ARB) used to treat hypertension (high blood pressure), recent heart attacks, and heart failure.  Numerous batches of the drug have been found to be contaminated with the cancer-causing substances N-nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA), N-Nitrosodiethylamine (NDEA), and/or N-Methylnitrosobutyric acid (NMBA).  Several drug companies have voluntarily recalled their blood pressure and heart medication that contains valsartan.  Symptoms of NDMA overexposure include: headaches; fever; nausea; jaundice; vomiting; abdominal cramps; enlarged liver; reduced function of the liver, kidneys and lungs; and, dizziness. 

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Nexium and Prilosec (acid reflux medication)

Nexium & Prilosec are drugs called proton pump inhibitors (PPIs). They are used to treat gastroesophageal reflux disease, by reducing the amount of acid in a person’s stomach. The long-term use of these drugs can increase the likelihoood of strokes, bone fractures, acute kidney injury, renal failure, and heart damage.  The manufacturers of these products failed to warn doctors and patients that use of its medication could cause kidney and renal failure, including acute interstitial nephritis (AIN). 

Uloric (gout medication)

Uloric is a medication prescribed for the management of chronic gout.  A large study published in 2018 revealed  a statistically significant increased risk of cardiovascular death for users of Uloric. 

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