Azithromycin is an FDA-approved drug commonly used to treat ear infections, bronchitis, pneumonia, and other illnesses.   The common name for the drug is “Z pack”, and a reported 40.3 million prescriptions filled a prescription of this antibiotic in 2011.

A New England Journal of Medicine study last May found that there may be an increased risk of sudden cardiovascular death from a five day treatment of Zithromax or azithromycin. The study stated that there would be 47 extra heart-related deaths per one million in the course of the five day treatment.

The popular antibiotic Azithromycin could trigger a potentially deadly irregular heart rhythm for some patients, the FDA warned in March 2013.

The FDA has warned that the drug can cause abnormal changes in the heart’s electrical activity that could lead to a fatal heart rhythm. Certain Zithromax patients are at particular risk for developing this potentially deadly condition.  Individuals who are a greater risk include individuals with low blood levels of potassium or magnesium, individuals with slower than normal heart rates, and individuals with an existing QT interval prolongation.

Some of the common side effects may include:

  • Irregular heartbeat
  • Shortness of breath
  • Dizziness
  • Fainting.

If you or a loved one has taken azithromycin and experienced these side effects please contact the attorneys at Goldberg Simpson, LLC for a free consultation.