Common Antibiotic Side Effects
Taking certain antibiotic medications can cause serious complications and side effects. That’s why the attorneys at Ferrer, Poirot & Wansbrough would like to let you know about some of the most common cases of antibiotics side effects we see today.
Azithromycin is marketed under the name Zithromax® and is often a first line antibiotic for those who are allergic to penicillin. While the drug boasts of a short, easy regimen, it has also been linked to cardiac abnormalities. Researchers have found that the drug can cause prolonged QT intervals, which can result in death. One study showed Zithromax users faced a two and a half times higher risk of a fatality caused by irregular heart rhythms than those who used other antibiotic treatments.
Levaquin® is another antibiotic that can cause serious side effects. While the drug is effective in eliminating serious infections from the body, it can also cause patients to experience Levaquin nervous system injuries. A story from WPXI News highlighted a few of these risks, including ruptured tendons, tendonitis, and changes in sensation.
While Zithromax and Levaquin are used to treat bacterial infections, Diflucan® is used to rid the body of fungal infections. However, studies have linked the drug to birth defects in children whose mothers take the drug during pregnancy. Our Diflucan injury lawyers discuss some of the birth defects in detail on our website.