What is Zithromax?
Over the years, people have sought to develop drugs that serve to combat specific diseases that plague the human body. One of the most common type of drugs developed are the so-called antibiotics, which are considered to be very powerful medicines which fight against bacterial infections.
Zithromax is a type of drug with the generic name azithromycin, which belongs to a family of medications called the macrolide antibiotics. Azithromycin is derived from erythromycin and differs only from that drug in its chemical composition: azithromycin has a methyl-substituted nitrogen atom in a lactone ring. This is administered orally in the form of film-coated tablets with a 250 mg or 500 mg dosage. Zithromax can also be taken for oral suspension in the form of powder available in 300 mg, 600 mg, 900 mg, or 1,200 mg dosage.
What are the side effects of Zithromax?
As a macrolide antibiotic, Zithromax is most commonly used to treat ear infections, lung infections, mycobacterium avium complex (MAC), skin infections, throat infections, sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), and respiratory infections.
Among the most common side effects of this semi-synthetic drug include loose stools or diarrhea, vomiting, abdominal pain, and nausea. Other less severe side effects may also include loss of appetite, vaginal itching, skin rash, stomach cramps, and head pain.
However, Zithromax has also been pointed as the reason for some severe side effects, though these cases are said to be rare. Some of these side effects are: shearing loss, pancreatitis, liver failure, abnormally low blood pressure, hives, seizures, yellowing of skin or eyes, acute kidney disease, and allergic reactions among many others.
Zithromax and heart attacks
One of the more serious risks of taking Zithromax is its perceived effects to the cardiovascular system, particularly the heart. Some of the recipients of the said drug have been recorded to experience chest pain and palpitations, and in more acute conditions, heart attacks. Because of this, a Zithromax lawsuit has been faced by the company for these adverse reactions caused by the drug. People who are at a higher risk of getting heart attacks are the old ones and those who already have the condition of experiencing irregular heart rates.
Zithromax lawsuit information
A Zithromax lawsuit has been filed based on the unfavorable effects of the said drug. If you or a loved one has suffered due to the side effects and health risks associated with this drug, a Zithromax lawyer may be able to help.