Zithromax, generically known as azithromycin, is a commonly prescribed antibiotic used to treat infections in children and adults. The drug is also marketed as a "Z-Pak," referring to its 6 pill packaging in a narrow envelope. Zithromax is often preferred by both patients and physicians due to its 5-day course, as opposed to other antibiotics' standard 10-day course. Some of the types of infections that Zithromax is used to treat include:
On March 12, 2013, the United Stated Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a safety communication warning consumers that using azithromycin can cause changes to the normal electrical activity of the heart that may lead to potentially fatal irregular heart rhythms. People with pre-existing conditions such as QT interval prolongation, low levels of potassium or magnesium, a slow heart rate, or were taking certain drugs to treat arrhythmia were at a particular risk for an adverse event. The FDA is advising that health care professionals consider an alternative to Zithromax treatment for patients who are already at risk for cardiovascular problems. In addition to these potentially serious side effects, other Zithromax side effects can include:
If you or a loved one has suffered an injury that you believe may be related to the use of Zithromax, you may be able to recover compensation through a defective drug product liability claim. These types of claims raise complicated scientific and legal issues, and it is important to retain the services of an attorney who is experienced in handling defective drug claims.
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