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Azithromycin: Heart Risk?

Wednesday, 18 Jul 2012 10:44 AM


A popular antibiotic used to fight bronchitis and other common infections appears to slightly increase the risk of deadly cardiac problems.

Researchers at Vanderbilt University analyzed the health records of about 540,000 Tennessee Medicaid patients from 1992 and found 29 heart-related deaths among those who took the antibiotic azithromycin during five days of treatment. That was higher than those taking amoxicillin or other antibiotics.

Most at risk were patients with existing heart problems. In fact, the researchers suggested that there would be 47 extra heart-related deaths per 1 million courses of treatment compared with amoxicillin.

Although azithromycin is more expensive than other antibiotics, it’s popular because it’s a five-day treatment course — about half as long as amoxicillin. Because of this study, the Food and Drug Administration is doing further research on azithromycin.

In the meantime, I suggest you steer clear of this antibiotic.


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