What if I took Zantac while pregnant?
If you took Zantac, for any reason, while you were pregnant, your child may develop a birth defect or even cancer. Recent research has shown that ranitidine-based medications can potentially cause birth defects in unborn children, and infants who take these medications may potentially develop cancer.
Can I take Zantac in pregnancy?
Zantac is considered safe to take at any time during pregnancy. OTC drugs do not have pregnancy categories, but prescription Zantac is considered a pregnancy category B drug by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Category B means that studies have shown Zantac is not harmful to a developing fetus.
Does Zantac cause birth defects?
Zantac also breaks down into NDMA after a person has taken the medication. Prolonged usage of either ranitidine or Zantac can lead to elevated levels of NDMA in the body, which can lead to cancer in pregnant women as well as birth defects in unborn children.
What is the best thing to take for heartburn while pregnant?
For heartburn relief, over-the-counter antacids (such as Tums, Mylanta, Rolaids, and Maalox) are all considered safe medications to use during pregnancy. As always, consult with your provider about any medications you’re taking – even if they’re considered safe.
Is Zantac still recalled?
Due to a possible cancer risk, all forms of ranitidine were recalled by the FDA in 2020, including over-the-counter Zantac. This acid reflux medication has finally returned to pharmacy shelves but with a different ingredient called famotidine.
Is Mylanta safe in pregnancy?
Antacids containing magnesium hydroxide or magnesium oxide – like Maalox, Mylanta, and Rolaids – are probably safe when used occasionally at the recommended dosage. But they’re not your best option while pregnant because they also contain aluminum hydroxide. Aluminum can be constipating and, in large doses, toxic.
Is Maalox safe in pregnancy?
OTC antacids containing alginic acid, aluminum, magnesium, and calcium are generally safe during pregnancy: aluminum hydroxide-magnesium hydroxide (Maalox; category B) calcium carbonate (Tums; category C)
Which antacids are safe in pregnancy?
What medications are safe to take during pregnancy? Over-the-counter antacids such as Tums, Rolaids, and Maalox may help you cope with occasional heartburn symptoms. Those made of calcium carbonate or magnesium are good options. However, it may be best to avoid magnesium during the last trimester of pregnancy.
Is Zantac safe while breastfeeding?
Safe During Breastfeeding: Zantac 75 is excreted in breast milk. It is estimated about 300 mcg/kg of the medication is consumed by the breastfed infant when the mother is dosed at 150 mg per day. This amount is about 20% of the prescribed amount given to infants suffering from stress ulcer prophylaxis.
What’s the difference between Zantac and Pepcid?
The medications can (and should) be taken on an empty stomach to allow them to work their best. Compared to Pepcid, Zantac has been shown to be more effective at lowering acidity and relieving symptoms associated with heartburn; it also works faster.