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Are you a heart patient? Think before taking unprescribed medicines. Also antibiotics for infections. It may cause a serious cardiac problem or high dosages may lead to death with prolonged illness.

The antibiotic clarithromycin can be harmful to the heart patients; a new study of Food and Drug Administration (FDA) explains. The antibiotic is generally sold under name of Biaxin. FDA said, the antibiotic causes major heart problem or can lead to death. This also resulted in a study of 2005. However, by reviewing last ten years’ data, it clears that the drug can cause harm to health. Consumption of the drug up to two weeks can be responsible for the death of a patient.

FDA is advising doctors to avoid prescribing Biaxin to heart patients, because of the potential for increased risk of heart problem or death. FDA added that the doctors must prescribe other antibiotics rather than Biaxin. And also aware the patient regarding the risk.

Clarithromycin is generally prescribed for the treatment of infection occurred to the skin, and respiratory systems, and sinus infection. FDA advised that doctors should try to avoid the drug and for treating Mycobacterium Avium Complex (MAC) infection which often found in human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) patients. However, the drugs can lead to a serious cardiac problem.

Initially, the study was conducted on the drugs such as azithromycin, erythromycin, and clarithromycin. Researchers found that these all antibiotics can affect the heart patients. FDA advised to heart patients must be sure to ask the doctor to advise doses of antibiotic or must visit their regular doctor.

FDA is trying to increase awareness levels among the patients. Even FDA advised not to take any medicine or antibiotic without doctor’s concern. A specific type of abnormal heart cases has reported in patients that consumes clarithromycin. FDA drug label indicates these antibiotics regarding the QT interval and infrequent cases of arrhythmia.

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