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Study Reveals Z-Pak May Increase Risk of Cardiovascular Death or Severe Arrhythmias

A recent study revealed that patients who are prescribed Z-Pak may be at increased risk of cardiovascular death or severe arrhythmias.

WHAT IS ZITHROMAX/Z-PAK?

Azithromycin (Zithromax/Z-Pak) is one of the most commonly prescribed antibiotics in the word. It is often used to treat ear infections, strep throat, pneumonia, sinus infections, tonsillitis, and many other illnesses. Z-Pak is made by Pfizer and is available in generic form. It was approved by the FDA in 1994.

HEART DAMAGE AND CARDIOVASCULAR DEATH

In May 2012, a study published in the New England Journal of Medicine revealed that while taking Z-Pak, patients were at an increased risk of cardiovascular death.

  • The study compared people taking azithromycin with those taking different antibiotics, and those who were not taking any antibiotic.
  • Patients taking azithromycin had an increased risk of cardiovascular death. This increase was most serious in patients with heart disease.
  • The study indicated there were 47 extra heart deaths per 1 million courses of azithromycin. At least 55.3 million courses are prescribed a year. This means that approximately 2,600 people might suffer cardiac death a year while taking this drug.
  • Compared to patients taking no antibiotics, patients on Z-Pak face a threefold higher risk of heart death. Patients have twice the risk than those on amoxicillin, according to the study.
FDA ANNOUNCEMENT

Following the study’s release, the FDA announced that it was reviewing the study’s implications. It added that healthcare officials should be aware of potential heart arrhythmias when prescribing the medication. The FDA Advisory notes that patients currently taking azithromycin should not stop without talking to their doctor.

WERE YOU OR A LOVED ONE AFFECTED?

If you or a loved one took Z-Pak and suffered cardiac arrest, cardiac death, dangerous arrhythmias or other heart damage, you might have been affected by Z-Pak. If you now suffer heart problems that you never had before taking Z-Pak, you might be affected.

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