Ranitidine is a medication used to decrease the amount of acid created in the stomach. It is used for several indications such as prevention and relief of heartburn associated with acid ingestion and sour stomach. It is also used for the treatment and prevention of ulcers of the stomach and intestines, and treatment of gastroesophageal reflux disease. In addition, Ranitidine is sometimes used in the treatment of certain types of allergies.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has learned that some Ranitidine medications contain an impurity called N-nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA) at low levels. When the agency identifies a problem, it takes appropriate action quickly to protect patients. The FDA is evaluating whether the low levels of NDMA in Ranitidine pose a risk to patients. The FDA will post that information when it is available. Until this information is available from the FDA, the United Arab Emirates Ministry of Health and Prevention and the Department of Health have suspended the sale and import of Ranitidine.
NMDA is classified as a substance that could cause cancer, but this usually happens when higher amounts are used over a prolonged period of time. NDMA is a known environmental contaminant and is sometimes found in water and food, including meats, dairy products and vegetables.
The FDA is not calling for individuals to stop taking Ranitidine at this time. However, patients taking it who wish to discontinue use should talk to their healthcare professional about other treatment options.
If you require an alternative medicine, then you can visit your doctor’s office at Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi without an appointment. You can also return any unused boxes of medication to the Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi, Ground level Pharmacy, for proper disposal.