A Drug Safety Communication has been issued by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in regards to the safe use of Azithromycin. This drug is also sold under the names of Zithromax and Zmax. Further study and use of this drug has found that it has the potential to lead to abnormal heart rhythms, also referred to as arrhythmias. The change in the heart rhythm is something that can prove fatal in some cases. This antibiotic is widely used and it is predominantly targeted at common bacterial infections, such as those leading to bronchitis, strep, sinusitis, middle ear infections and other prevalent health concerns. The uses of it have continued to develop and doctors are now prescribing it for a wide use of ailments.
Previously some of the main side effects that were recognized were predominantly gastrointestinal related. Now, the issues are in regards to the electrical activity of the heart. The warning came after the results of medical researchers were acquired, as well as findings from the actual manufacturer of Azithromycin. A statement was given by the FDA last year as well, after studies compared the use of levofloxacin, azithromycin, ciprofloxacin, amoxicillin or no antibacterial drug. The use of azithromycin for a five day period or the use of levofloxacin noted an increased risk of cardiovascular deaths, as well as death from other causes compared to the other drugs or no drug use.
A higher risk factor is present for those who are already dealing with a slow heart rate, QT interval prolongation or low blood levels of magnesium or potassium. Those that are on certain drugs for the treatment of arrhythmias will also have an increased chance. It is important for doctors to present the potential issues to patients, as well as consider the full scope of their health concerns before prescribing them something that could prove harmful.
There is a responsibility for the products that are put out for consumer use to be properly tested to ensure safety to the consumer. Unfortunately, many companies are more concerned with selling and this can put those suffering with health issues at a further loss. If you have taken Azithromycin or another drug and have suffered as a result, bring your case to our firm for review. At Jackson Allen & Williams, LLP, we can review the details and better determine if there are grounds for a case. You can fill out a free case evaluation form on our site and someone will be in touch with you shortly or call our toll free number at (888) 811-9747.