Emergency Medicine Expert Witness On Zithromax

In Zithromax and Sudden Death, emergency medicine expert witness Barry E. Gustin, MD, MPH, FAAEP, FACFM, writes:

At one time or another, most of us have taken the antibiotic, Zithromax. It is one of the most commonly prescribed medications for conditions including bronchitis, pharyngitis, sinusitis, and others. The discussion that follows has to do with Zithromax’s side-effects, some of which are potentially life-threatening. Recently, I have seen a case in my emergency room of sudden cardiac arrest secondary to the cardiac effects of Zithromax. The FDA has recently warned of this phenomenon.

A recent FDA bulletin wrote that antibiotic azithromycin (Zithromax, Zmax; Pfizer) poses the risk of a potentially fatal irregular heart rhythm and therefore warrants careful screening of patients for this drug.

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