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My Quad Cities doctor prescribes Z-Pak for me when I get sinus infections, bronchitis, or other infections. I’ve taken it many times. Have people really been hurt by this drug?

Yes, people have reported fatal injuries after taking Zithromax or Z-Pak. According to a recent FDA warning, this type of antibiotic can interfere with the electrical activity in the heart, disturb normal heart rhythm, and result in a fatal heart injury.

The people with the highest risk of suffering this type of injury are those who:

  • Are elderly.
  • Have an abnormally low heart rate.
  • Have low levels of magnesium or potassium.
  • Already take drugs for abnormal heart rhythms.

In March 2013, the FDA issued a letter to doctors and approved a new warning for the Z-Pak drug label. The FDA advises patients not to stop taking Z-Pak without speaking to a doctor. Alternative antibiotics may treat a patient’s underlying condition but those antibiotics may also carry risks.

If you typically take Z-Pak to treat bacterial infections, or if your doctor is suggesting a Z-Pak, then it is important to talk to your doctor about the potential risks.

Additionally, it is important to know your rights if you have a loved one who suffered a serious or fatal heart injury while taking Zithromax. For more information about your family’s potential rights and recovery, we encourage you to contact an experienced Quad Cities pharmaceutical class action lawyer today via this website or by calling us directly at 1-800-800-5678 for a free consultation.

Jason F. Abraham
Managing Partner, Hupy and Abraham