You may have heard in the news recently that the Food and Drug Administration is warning about a serious side effect of the antibiotic azithromycin.
Azithromycin is also known under the brand names Zithromax and Zmax. It can be referred to as a “Z-pack” or “Z-Pak.” Azithromycin is used to treat infections like bronchitis, pneumonia, sinus infections and skin infections.
The FDA has reported that it can cause changes that can lead to serious abnormal heart rhythms in some people. Not everyone is at risk. Those who are at risk include those with specific heart problems and heart-rhythm problems, those with low potassium or magnesium levels, and those taking certain medications.
The FDA advises: