Alternatives for pregnant women who use ranitidine — also known by the brand name Zantac

The FDA recently warned of a probable carcinogen found in over-the-counter stomach medication ranitidine.

Pregnant women who use ranitidine — also known by the brand name Zantac — to relieve heartburn and acid reflux should stop taking the medication and consider alternatives, according to obstetricians with Norton Women’s Care.

Pregnant women often suffer heartburn, and ranitidine has been a popular remedy. Recent recalls of the over-the-counter medication, however, have raised alarms.

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Obstetricians with Norton Women’s Care report that patients have been asking about what to do in light of the Food and Drug Administration’s announcement about ranitidine.

The FDA recently announced a recall of the medication made by Sandoz Inc. and Apotex Inc. The tablets may contain low levels of NDMA, a probable carcinogen.

Heartburn and acid reflux also can be treated with over-the-counter medications Tums, Mylanta, Maalox or famotidine (Pepcid).

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