Getting to the Heart of Antibiotics

Plenty of us know someone who has taken the popular antibiotic azithromycin to fight everything from strep throat to pneumonia. While these potent drugs can be life-saving as they combat dangerous infections, the federal Food and Drug Administration has issued a warning that these popular antibiotics can also be associated with fatal heart rhythms.

Azithromycin, sold under the brand names such as Zithromax of Zmax, have a risk associated with fatal heart rhythms in certain circumstances. (Particularly vulnerable are the elderly and anyone with a prior heart irregularity.)

As a result of the FDA’s recent ruling, these drug warning and precaution labels have been updated to make note of these potential risks.