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An Overview of Zithromax

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Have you ever visiting a doctor complaining of a sore throat and fever? Odds are your doctor diagnosed you with strep throat, and prescribed an antibiotic for you, most likely Zithromax.

Zithromax, also known as Z-Pak and generically called Azithromycin, is an antibiotic commonly used to treat bacterial infections, including strep throat, pneumonia, respiratory infections, urinary infections, and even some sexually-transmitted infections.

This antibiotic is generally prescribed for a 5-day course, taken orally in pill form, and has few relatively mild listed side effects, such as nausea, abdominal pain, diarrhea and vomiting.

However, recent studies, most recently one published in 2012 by the New England Journal of Medicine, a summary of which can be found here, have concluded that an increased risk of heart arrhythmias and eventual cardiovascular death is associated with Zithromax, especially in those who are already at risk of cardiovascular disease.

Zithromax has also recently been associated with liver damage and possible failure, and pyloric stenosis, which occurs when the opening from the stomach into the small intestine narrows, causing vomiting.

If you are taking Zithromax and have experienced heart arrhythmias, then it is important to talk to your doctor immediately about your symptoms. If you would like to take action related to this condition, contact us here.