Zantac, which is the brand name of ranitidine, is an antacid used to treat stomach ulcers. It also works to prevent the ulcers from returning once they have healed. In April of last year, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) requested all forms of Zantac (over the counter and prescription medications) be removed from the US market. The recommendation was made due to unacceptable levels of NDMA, which is a probable cancer-causing chemical, being found in some ranitidine products.
In addition to the issue listed above, Zantac has also been known to cause some hair loss in patients. The hair loss is usually temporary in nature and should cease once you stop taking the medication.
A doctor might not mention hair loss as a side effect of a drug such as Zantac, so it is important for you to perform your own research about the product before taking the medication. It is also important to read the warnings from the drug manufacturer before taking it on a regular basis. If you still have any questions or concerns about the medication, a pharmacist can also give you the necessary information.
Even if you are worried about possible hair loss from the version of Zantac that came back on the market in 2021, the chances of suffering from hair loss from the original version of Zantac was estimated at impacting around 1 in every 10,000 people. This means the side effect of hair loss does not impact every person that has taken the medication. You should also know that not every person will experience side effects so it is possible that you will not have any ill effects from taking Zantac.
The diagnosis of hair loss that is the result of drugs prescribed by a doctor is hard to diagnose. In general, the only way to confirm the diagnosis is to monitor your scalp and see if the condition ceases after you stop taking the drug.
It is also important to note that, as mentioned above, a new Zantac drug was scheduled to be released in June of this year in both an “Original Strength” and “Maximum Strength Version”. If you have any questions or concerns about the possible connection between hair loss and Zantac, it is best to schedule a consultation appointment with a doctor before starting to take the medication on a regular basis. It is important to have all of the necessary information about any medications associated with causing hair loss before taking them on a regular basis.