Pneumonia patients who took azithromycin had slight increase in heart attack risk but not heart failure or arrhythmia risk
(dailyRx News) While some antibiotics may cure a bacterial infection, they also may be linked to less desirable health effects.
Azithromycin (brand name Zithromax or Z-Pak) is an antibiotic that may be used to treat pneumonia. Some patients who have taken azithromycin in the past have experienced heart problems that included irregular heartbeats and heart attacks.
A recent study of older people with pneumonia compared patients who took azithromycin to those who did not take azithromycin.
The researchers found that short-term survival was higher in those treated with azithromycin. The researchers also found a slight increase in heart attack risk, but no increase in risk of irregular heartbeat or heart failure in patients who were treated with azithromycin.
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