Popular Antibiotic Could Be A Health Risk
There is a new claim that a well-known antibiotic could be a health risk.
Commonly called Zithromax or Z-Paks, Azithromycin is a popular antibiotic used to treat common ailments such as bronchitis, ear infections, and pneumonia.
But a new study published in the "New England Journal of Medicine" suggests Azithromycin may lead to a greater risk of heart disease and cardiovascular death.
The study looked at more than half a million medicaid patients who took the medication and it showed a greater risk of sudden heart death among those taking the drug.
Last year, doctors wrote prescriptions for Z-Paks more than 55 million times.
But, experts say the overall risk for death in patients taking Zithromax is still very low.
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