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Getting to the Heart of Antibiotics

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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.

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