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Amy Barczy is a brand journalist at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan and writes for AHealthierMichigan.org and MIBluesPerspectives.com. Prior to joining Blue Cross, she was a statewide news reporter for MLive.com. She has a decade of storytelling experience in local news media markets including Lansing, Grand Rapids, Holland, Ann Arbor and Port Huron.
- If your doctor prescribed you ranitidine, talk to your doctor about other treatment options before stopping the medication you have. There are multiple drugs approved for the same or similar use that do not carry the risks of NDMA.
- You will not be able to refill your prescription for a ranitidine medication. That’s why it’s important to consult your doctor about finding an alternative.
- If your doctor did not prescribe you ranitidine and you are taking the over-the-counter version, stop taking that ranitidine product.
- Do not purchase any more ranitidine. Consider using other approved over-the-counter products for your condition.
- Safely dispose of any remaining ranitidine medication in the household trash. The FDA advises it is not currently necessary to bring it to a drug take-back location due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Here’s how to safely dispose of medication at home:
- Mix the pills or liquid with dirt, cat litter or used coffee grounds. Do not crush the pills.
- Put the mix in a sealed container, like a plastic bag.
- Throw the container away in your trash.
- Remove any personal information on prescription labels of empty medication bottles and throw them away or recycle them.
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