Digestion

Recent Warnings That Common Heartburn Medication Ranitidine May Contain Contaminants

Ranitidine is a medication commonly used to treat heartburn, acid reflux and GERD. It is available both over-the-counter and by prescription.

A CBC article states that "Current evidence suggests that NDMA may be present in ranitidine, regardless of the manufacturer. As a result, and at Health Canada's request, companies marketing ranitidine products in Canada have stopped any further distribution until evidence is provided to demonstrate that they do not contain NDMA above acceptable levels," the regulator said.

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NDMA is categorized as a possible carcinogen and long-term exposure may increase risk of developing cancer. Health Canada has issued this statement.

While acid-blocking medication can minimize symptoms, patients often become dependent on them and end up taking them long-term. These medications have their own negative long-term effects that are often unknown to patients.

Naturopathic Doctors can help with non-drug approaches to managing heartburn and reflux, decreasing reliance on medications, and treating the underlying cause.

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