SILVER SPRING, Md. — Although Zithromax was originally approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration as an antibiotic to treat various bacterial infections, the F.D.A. has since updated their assessment of the drug and mandated the use of warning labels when the drug is prescribed.

Zithromax (also marketed as Zmax and known as Azithromycin) has become a popular antibiotic medication because it is faster than most antibiotics and requires a shorter prescription period. The drug is often prescribed for acute bacterial exacerbations of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, urethritis, cervicitis, pneumonia, strep throat, tonsillitis, gonorrhea and other sexually-transmitted diseases, ear infections, staph infections and other skin infections. Manufactured by Pfizer, the drug has been prescribed to over 40 million patients. After the New England Journal of Medicine published a study in 2012 that linked Zithromax to cardiovascular issues such as fatal irregular heart rhythms due to how it changes electrical activity in the heart, the FDA announced that Pfizer was required to include a label on all Zithromax prescriptions that warned of the increased risk. The link between patients and cardiovascular conditions is especially high for Zithromax users who have a history of heart problems, especially those with existing QT interval prolongation, arrhythmia or low levels of potassium or magnesium. Other side effects include diarrhea, blisters, cracked skin and fever.

The bad news does not stop there, though. Research published by the National Center for Biotechnology Information studied the link between Zithromax and a rare disease called Stevens Johnson syndrome. Stevens Johnson syndrome, also called toxic epidermal necrolysis in more severe cases, causes patients to develop allergies to medications. The report investigates the link between Zithromax and the development of SJS in two azithromycin patients. One patient was a 62-year-old female and the other was a child. This potential link is especially bothersome because SJS results in death about 30% of the time, and it can develop at any time. SJS typically causes blisters all over the body, skin loss and damage to mucous membranes. SJS sufferers can also lose their nails, hair and eyesight.

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