Here is all about these two antibiotics.
The New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM), a warning to the public and doctors that the antibiotics azithromycin (Zithromax and Zmax) and levofloxacin (Levaquin) can cause the chance from death from cardiovascular reasons and especially heart rhythm disturbances.
The NEJM author of the study figured this out by searching the records of the 3.5 million Tennessee Medicaid patients and they were three times more of a risk of sudden cardiac death. When they took azithromycin, commonly called the five day “ZPAK” than those who took no antibiotic.
When comparing those who took azithromycin and amoxicillin (Amoxil), the people who took the azithromycin are 2.5 times more likely to die. which means 47-245 more cardiovascular deaths.
People who took Levofloxacin had a 50 per cent of death from cardiovascular reasons than those who took Amoxicillin. In 2010 48 million prescriptions were given out for it. Nine million prescriptions were written for levofloxacin in 2010,
The problem is that these anitbiotics are given too freely. A person gets a cold and goes to the doctor to demand an antibiotic when a cold is really a virus and antibiotics only work for bacterial infections.
Some people have used it with success for a bacterial infections. But I doubt after this report many doctors will prescribe these two antibiotics.
But if you do have a bacterial infection, like the time I had a sinus infection and didn’t know it and it went to my ear and it hurt so bad I couldn’t open my mouth to talk or eat for two weeks even with an antibiotic. That is what you use antibiotics for, not a sinus headache.
If you have a cold, a viral infection, wait it out, it will go away in a few days.