Zithromax Side Effects Update 3/12/13: Zithromax has recently been found to have the potential to cause abnormal changes in the electrical activity of the heart that may lead to a potentially fatal irregular heart rhythm. Patients at risk for developing Zithromax heart problems include those with known risk factors such as QT interval prolongation, low potassium or magnesium levels, depressed heart rate, or use of certain heart medications.
Zithromax Update 5/18/12: The U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) issued a warning today informing the public that a new study has identified an increase in cardiovascular death in patients being treated with a 5-day course of Zithromax. The term ‘cardiovascular death’ refers to an unexpected death that occurs due to cardiac causes within a relatively short period of time in a person with known or unknown cardiac disease.
What’s the problem?
Zithromax (generic: azithromycin) is a popular prescription medication used in the treatment of a number of common bacterial infections and sexually transmitted diseases. The drug works by decreasing bacteria’s ability to make protein and affecting peptide activity, thus stopping bacteria from continuing to live and cause infection in the body. Zithromax is available in either tablet form or as a liquid suspension and is licensed for use in both adults and children. Unfortunately, due to reports of acute liver injury in certain patients, taking Zithromax may not be the best choice when there are other antibiotic alternatives available.
Zithromax Liver Injury Symptoms
Common side effects reported in Zithromax users include diarrhea, nausea, abdominal pain and vomiting. Nervousness, dermatologic reactions, and anaphylaxis have also been reported. In the case of Zithromax-induced liver damage, telltale signs and symptoms may include (but are not limited to):
- jaundice (yellowish color in the skin or eyes)
- abdominal pain
- severe fatigue
- dark urine
- elevated liver enzymes