Many people with Asian Flush turn to antihistamines or antacids like Zantac, Pepcid AC and Zyrtec for relief against Asian Flush symptoms. But is Zantac safe for Asian Flush?
Zantac recall over cancer fears
Recently, huge retailers in the United States have taken products off the shelves that contain Ranitidine, which is found in Zantac and its generic versions. The Food and Drug Administration believes there may be evidence that the drug has been contaminated with NDMA, a chemical that has a risk factor in the development of certain cancers. The nitrosamine impurity known as N-nitrosodimethylamine or NDMA has been “classified as a probable human carcinogen based on lab tests”
Stores like WalMart, CVS and Walgreens have all pulled the products and will not be selling them to the public. At most stores, customers can return their Zantac products for a refund. However, the FDA is not recommending that patients stop taking ranitidine products for which they have been prescribed.
It’s one thing to be taking Zantac as per your doctor. It’s another thing take Zantac off-label for Asian Flush relief, especially when there have been possible links to contamination.
But, does Zantac stop Asian Flush?
Zantac and Pepcid AC can have a seemingly “positive” effect against Asian Flush symptoms, primarily turning red and experiencing the all-too-common facial flushing after drinking alcohol.
However, it’s important to note that Zantac does nothing against the actual process of Asian Flush, or improve the alcohol flush reaction. Zantac simply masks some of the symptoms without dealing with the underlying problem.
Those with Asian Flush have an ineffective ALDH2 enzyme, which means they can’t metabolize alcohol properly. This leads to a build up of toxic chemicals including acetaldehyde. Studies showed that prolonged exposure to this carcinogen can increase the risk of certain side effects, health concerns and esophageal cancer.
So when people with alcohol flush reaction drink alcohol, acetaldehyde accumulates in their body. They might decide to take Zantac to reduce their facial flushing and continue drinking. However, this toxic chemical will continue to build-up in their symptoms, along with their increased levels of alcohol. They may also experience other symptoms of Asian Glow, like dizziness and headaches, which Zantac will not reduce.
Zantac and alcohol – a good mix?
Products that use Ranitidine, like Zantac, are for issues like heartburn, indigestion and acid reflux. It’s also designed to prevent or treat stomach ulcers. In short, Zantac reduces the amount of acid your stomach makes.
Technically, you can drink alcohol while taking ranitidine but the medicine itself also contained a small amount of alcohol.
However, recent studies have shown that Zantac can significantly increase blood alcohol levels when the individual is consuming alcohol. This can get dangerous. Essentially, the combination of Zantac and alcohol can increase the rate at which you get drunk. This could be far quicker or more intense than your used to and could leave you to overdrink without realizing
The study showed that subjects that took part in the study had a 38% higher blood alcohol level than would be expected from drinking.
Is Zantac Safe for Asian Flush?
Any with anything related to your health, make sure to speak to your doctor. If your negative symptoms from alcohol become too much, stop drinking and make an appointment with your doctor first.
How can I stop Asian Flush?
Here at Asian Flush Cure, we’re always looking for new Asian Flush patches, supplements, drinks and products to test against Asian Flush symptoms. However, Zantac is not designed specifically for Asian Flush, but the products we test are.