The popular antibiotic Zithromax (azithromycin) has been associated with a number of extremely serious side effects including liver failure, pyloric stenosis, and death. Zithromax lawsuits are now being filed nationwide against Pfizer on behalf of patients who have suffered from liver damage or other side effects after taking the drug.
What’s the problem?
Zithromax is a popular antibiotic medication used to treat a number of mild to moderate bacterial infections, including some sexually-transmitted diseases (STDs). In patients under the age of 18, Zithromax is commonly prescribed to treat ear infection, pneumonia, tonsillitis, and strep throat. Zithromax is an extremely powerful antibiotic that is eliminated from the body through the liver, which makes the potential for liver damage and liver failure very high in certain individuals.
Liver Damage Symptoms
As part of the metabolic process, antibiotics are filtered through the liver and this can sometimes cause liver damage. Patients with mild to moderate liver damage may have few if any telltale signs or symptoms. When more serious damage occurs, symptoms may include: yellowing of the skin (jaundice); itching; easy bruising; fluid accumulation in the lungs (edema) and abdomen (ascites); mental confusion; coma; vulnerability to bacterial infections, and gastrointestinal bleeding.
One of these symptoms alone may not be a cause for worry, but the combination of multiple symptoms is a warning sign to contact your doctor immediately. Additional signs of liver problems should be analyzed by a professional.