Rocket Fuel Compound Found in Diabetes Medication


  • N-nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA) has been found in metformin, a drug used to treat diabetes. NDMA has also been found in blood pressure medication and Zantac, an OTC drug that treats stomach issues
  • Zantac contamination may have started in 2012 when the process produced NDMA as a byproduct to improve manufacturing efficiency
  • Metformin prescriptions increased from 59 million in 2007 to 78.6 million in 2017, one indication of the rising number using medication to control diabetes
  • Simple lifestyle changes can improve your health and reduce your dependence on drugs

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