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Zithromax is a popular antibiotic manufactured by Pfizer that is used to treat various bacterial infections such as bronchitis, pneumonia, tonsillitis, respiratory infections, skin infections, ear infections and sexually transmitted diseases. It is also used to treat middle ear infection, pneumonia, tonsillitis, and strep throat in children.

Side Effects of Zithromax

There have been reports of severe side effects from the drug, including liver damage resulting in the need for liver transplant surgery and liver damage resulting in death. Following are the most common side effect of Zithromax:

  • Diarrhea;
  • headache;
  • loose stools;
  • nausea;
  • stomach pain;
  • vomiting;
  • Severe allergic reactions such as rash, hives, itching, difficulty breathing, tightness in the chest, swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue;
  • bloody stools;
  • chest pain;
  • dark red raised areas of the skin;
  • hearing loss;
  • pounding in the chest;
  • ringing in the ears;
  • severe diarrhea;
  • Stevens Johnson Syndrome (SJS);
  • stomach cramps/pain;
  • Liver and eye infections

Zithromax and Liver Failure

Zithromax is in a class of medications called macrolide antibiotics. An antibiotic of this class is abolished from the body through the liver. Additionally, Zithromax is a very strong antibiotic. So, the potential for liver damage and liver failure when using Zithromax is extremely high.

Zithromax was approved for children in 1995. Pfizer started receiving reports of liver damage associated with Zithromax as early as 1996. Most of these reports said that the liver damage associated to Zithromax was very severe, and sometimes deadly. However, Pfizer didn’t warn the public about this until 2000. In 2001, Zithromax label started including warnings about its potential to cause liver damage.

Free initial consultation - If you or a loved one has suffered liver damage, eye infection, SJS, or any dangerous side effects after using Zithromax, please fill out and submit the form at the right or contact us today at 1-800-780-2686.

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