Antibiotic Caution for Heart Patients

The FDA is cautioning doctors about prescribing azithromycin (Zithromax), often used to treat bronchitis and sinus infections, for patients with certain heart conditions. This antibiotic may increase the risk of death from heart problems for patients with irregularities in their hearts’ electrical systems (such as arrhythmias), structural changes to the heart, heart damage, or underlying heart disease. While the exact cause of the problem is still unknown, it is thought that azithromycin may cause changes in the heart’s electrical activity. While people with underling heart problems should be cautions about using azithromycin, the FDA assures the rest of the general population that the antibiotic “can be prescribed without concern about an increased risk of death from cardiovascular cause.”

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HINT: It has previously been found that the antibiotic erythromycin has been linked with an increased risk of death from abnormal heartbeats.