SAN DIEGO — According to a study released online via EBioMedicine, Zithromax appears to be effective in fighting “superbugs” that have developed in response to — and are resistant to — other antibiotics.
The research, performed by the San Diego School of Medicine at the University of California, may be great news for the millions of people who become sick as a result of superbugs each year, but there still may be extremely serious risks associated with taking Zithromax.
The superbugs that the study focuses on usually result from hospitalization after a patient is wounded or undergoes surgery, and these superbugs have been considered especially dangerous because of the lack of antibiotics to treat them up until now.
Despite previous studies showing that Zithromax has no effects on these strains, this new study is optimistic and suggests that the other tests failed because they were done in laboratories with cultures instead of with real patients in a hospital setting.
The study concludes that Zithromax may have a positive effect in environments that are closer to infected humans. Despite the positive message of the study, Zithromax may not be a silver bullet. Superbugs kill approximately 20,000 people in the United States every year, but Zithromax also has serious side effects.
Azithromycin (also known as Zithromax, Zmax or Z-Pak) has been approved by the United States Food and Drug Administration, but the FDA has since updated its assessment of the drug and mandated the use of warning labels when the drug is prescribed.
The antibiotic has been linked to cardiovascular issues such as arrhythmia and has also been linked to diarrhea, cracked skin, fever, and Stevens Johnson syndrome, which causes blisters all over the body, skin loss and damage to mucous membranes.
Despite these warnings and risks, Zithromax remains one of the most popular antibiotics due to its short prescription period.
Although the researchers in this study were pleased with how the advanced superbugs were completely wiped out by Zithromax, the patients who are taking the antibiotic might still suffer serious – and possibly even deadly – side effects.
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