Zantac panic: Is it safe for pregnant women to take?


HAPPENED NEAR HOWARD’S FLEA MARKET. AT THIS TIME WE ARE HEARING NO ONE WAS SERIOUSLY INJURED. A ROUGH NIGHT ON THE ROADS TONIGHT. THERE’S NEW CONCERNS TONIGHT ABOUT THE POPULAR HEARTBURN MEDICINE, ZANTAC. IT’S ONE OF THE MOST COMMON DRUGS DOCTORS RECOMMEND TO PREGNANT WOMEN. 8 ON YOUR SIDE VICTORIA PRICE JOINS US NOW IN TAMPA WITH MORE. Reporter: HEY GUYS, WITH RETAILERS LIKE WALGREENS, YANKING ZANTAC OFF THEIR SHELVES THAT HAS WOMEN WORRIED NOT ONLY ABOUT THEIR OWN HEALTH, BUT THEIR BABIES. SHE’S JUST A HEALTHY, HAPPY LITTLE BAY PITCH Reporter: ASHLEY MCKEEN’S SECOND BABY CAME WITH A LOT MORE HAIR AND A LOT MORE HEARTBURN. WITH THIS ONE IT HAS BEEN A LITTLE BIT OF A ROLLER COASTER ON THE REFLEX AND EVERYTHING LIKE THAT FROM HER. Reporter: LIKE MANY PREGNANT WOMEN, MCKEEN TURNED TO ZANTAC, ONE OF THE FEW MEDICATIONS APPROVED FOR PREGNANT WOMEN TO TAKE. BUT NOW RETAILERS ARE RECALLING IT AFTER THE FDA FOUND TRACES OF A CANCER CAUSING SUBSTANCE. IT’S SCARY. I COMPLETELY DON’T BLAME THEM. Reporter: PRESCRIPTION OTC AND GENERIC VERSIONS OF THE DRUG ARE COMING OFF SHELVES. BUT THE FDA DOES NOT RECOMMEND PATIENTS TO STOP TAKING IT. DOCTORS SAY IT IS CREATING A LOT OF CONFUSION. THE BOTTOM LINE WHAT IS THEIR ADVICE? MY ADVICE IS TO TAKE A DIFFERENT MEDICATION. Reporter: FOR PREGNANT WOMEN AND HEARTBURN PATIENTS IN GENERAL. PRILOSEC AND TUNNELS ARE ALL SAFE ALTERNATIVES TO TAKE. WHEN IN DOUBT JUST ASK YOUR DOCTOR LIKE ASHLEY MCKEEN DID. AND WE DON’T TRUST ANYONE ELSE MORE THAN YOU TRUST YOUR DOCTORS. Reporter: AND THE CARCINOGEN THEY FOUND IN THAT HEARTBURN MEDICATION IS THE SAME EXACT SUBSTANCE THAT THEY FOUND IN

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