Zithromax (azithromycin), commonly known as Z-Pak, is one of the world’s best-selling antibiotics used to treat and prevent certain bacterial infections including bronchitis, ear infections, pneumonia, and strep throat. Zithromax is primarily administered in tablet form to be taken orally. A Vanderbilt University study published in the New England Journal of Medicine, on May 17, 2012, noted the small but significant risk of cardiovascular death in patients being treated with Zithromax, particularly those with preexisting cardiovascular risk factors who were receiving antibacterial drug therapy. The most concerning Zithromax side effect is the risk of developing lethal arrhythmia as a result. The study determined that for every 1 million courses of Zithromax, there was an average of 85 deaths. In 2012, there were 21,417 adverse events reported including hospitalizations, life threatening conditions, deaths, and disability. Relying on the study published in the New England Journal of Medicine, the FDA issued a March 2013 safety communication about Zithromax and “the risk of potentially fatal heart rhythms.”
Some common side effects of Zithromax use include swelling, abdominal pain, diarrhea, and nausea. Among the more serious Zithromax possible side effects are: liver damage and liver failure, arrhythmia, and sudden heart failure. In regards to cardiovascular-specific conditions, some symptoms may include: palpitations, fainting, ventricular fibrillation (the uncoordinated contraction of the cardiac muscle of the heart’s ventricles), cardiac arrest, and in some cases, sudden death. To learn more, please refer to the Zithromax infographic.
Lawsuits filed over cardiovascular events associated with Zithromax date back as early as 2005. Due to the most recent warnings about irregular heart rhythms and heart injuries coming from the US FDA, there have been threats of class action lawsuits as well as lawsuits on behalf of single individuals as a result of these injuries. Those who have been injured by dangerous drugs such as Zithromax may have a right to compensation for those injuries.
If you believe that you or a loved one have experienced heart complications while on the antibiotic Zithromax, you may wish to speak with a qualified personal injury attorney regarding the possibility of a dangerous drug claim. A Zithromax lawyer who is familiar with the side effects and pending investigation regarding cardiovascular conditions in particular may be able to assist you. d’Oliveira & Associates is working closely with investigators and some of the more experienced attorneys around the country, who are handling these types of Zithromax lawsuits. Please contact the law offices of d’Oliveira & Associates, at 1-800-992-6878 or visit us online for a free consultation.