SILVER SPRING, Md. — A study released earlier this year in the online journal Pediatrics demonstrates that the use of various antibiotics such as Zithromax by infants who are six weeks or younger may result in serious digestive problems for the babies. More specifically, using the antibiotics may result in pyloric stenosis, which is a gastrointestinal condition that prevents food from moving from the stomach to the small intestine and can cause projectile vomiting. Infants are frequently prescribed Zithromax in order to treat whooping cough or chlamydia infections (received from the mother), but this is not the only antibiotic drug available to treat these conditions in infants.
Doctors have long been aware of this risk of Zithromax resulting in pyloric stenosis, but this study finally confirms the connection. The risk is especially strong in infants who are two weeks old or younger, but the risk can continue for infants who are up to six weeks old. For babies up to two weeks old who are given Zithromax, the risk is eight times higher than for a baby of the same age who has not taken Zithromax. For a baby between two and six weeks who is taking Zithromax, the risk is three times that of a baby of the same age who is not taking the antibiotic. Although pyloric stenosis can be treated today, it is still such a serious condition that a baby may even need to undergo surgery for if he or she develops the condition.
Zithromax is prescribed in older children and adults, too, for various conditions. Although its use as an antibiotic medication has been approved by the United States Food and Drug Administration, the FDA has since issued a requirement that the drug contain a label noting health concerns that have been linked to its use. In addition to digestive conditions in infants, Zithromax has also been linked to cardiovascular issues and a rare condition called Stevens Johnson syndrome (or SJS). SJS, also called toxic epidermal necrolysis in more severe cases, causes patients to develop allergies to medications. 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 and can also result in loss of nails, hair and eyesight.
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