(WIAT & CNN) Some common heartburn and acid reflux medicine may be contaminated with a cancer-causing impurity.
According to the Food and Drug Administration, the drug Zantac and it’s generic contain small amounts of a substance known as NDMA.
NDMA is an environmental contaminant found in water and foods, including meats, dairy products, and vegetables. It is classified as a probable human carcinogen.
It is the same probably carcinogen that prompted a July recall of several blood pressure medications.
An FDA Spokeswoman says the discovery is not prompting a recall at this time, and people should not panic. But the agency says it is a good idea to switch to another over the counter drug.
Those on a prescription version should talk to their doctor or pharmacist.