611 W. Union Street
Benson, AZ 85602
(520) 586-0800

Health Choice Integrated Care crisis Line
1-877-756-4090

NurseWise 24-Hour Crisis Line
1-866-495-6735

NAZCARE Warm Line
1-888-404-5530



SEABHS
611 W. Union Street
Benson, AZ 85602
(520) 586-0800

NurseWise 24-Hr Crisis Line
1-866-495-6735

NAZCARE Warm Line
1-888-404-5530


powered by centersite dot net

Getting Started
Here are some forms to get started. These can be printed and brought with you so that you can pre-fill out some known info ahead of time. More...


Medical Disorders
Resources
Basic InformationLookupsLatest News
Only Select Incidental Thyroid Nodules Need Further EvaluationTravelers Bring Malaria Back to U.S., With High CostsThe Top 5 Conditions That Shorten Americans' Lives -- And Are PreventableHealth Tip: Dealing With Foot ArthritisCDC: Salmonella Infection Prevalence Down in 2016Do Diet Sodas Pose Health Risks?Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome Risk Up for Some PopulationsHealth Tip: When Asthma Doesn't ImproveHealth Tip: Help Manage ConstipationChagas Disease Presents Public Health Challenge in the U.S.FDA Approves Device to Help Curb Cluster HeadachesReview: Interventions Don't Promote Exercise in Rural AdultsDiffering Statin Guidelines Leave Many Clinicians UncertainIllness From 'Kissing Bug' Now Widespread in U.S.Conflicting Statin Guidelines Leave Millions in 'Gray Zone'No Link Between Common Antibiotic, Irregular HeartbeatEpilepsy: Another Potential Zika Threat to BabiesUveitis Risk Higher Among Individuals With PsoriasisOne in Five Post-Op Patients Need Unscheduled HelpNew Bowel Disorder Treatments Needed, FDA SaysWhat's the Best Seasonal Allergy Med for Your Kid?Another Type of Mosquito May Carry ZikaCould a Daily Vitamin Curb Smog's Effect on the Heart?Accurate Diagnosis of Endocrine Hypertension ImportantKidney Disease a Big Contributor to Heart-Related Deaths: StudyOverweight, Underweight Both Tied to MigrainesDon't Let Ticks Get Under Your SkinSpecific Factors Influence First-Line Biologic Rx for PsoriasisA Healthier Weight May Mean Fewer MigrainesDiabetes Continues Its Relentless Rise1st Drug for Tardive Dyskinesia ApprovedHealth Tip: When to Worry About Neck PainChemicals Found in Many U.S. Streams: StudyAHA: Patients Lack Confidence in Managing Their CholesterolAsymptomatic C. difficile Ups Risk for Other Hospital PatientsSilk Clothes Won't Soothe Eczema's ItchHealth Tip: Recognizing Symptoms of Lactose IntoleranceHealth Tip: Should You Be Tested for Kidney Disease?Many Americans Don't Know How to Handle High CholesterolBotox May Help Ease 'Burning Mouth' SyndromeInsulin Resistance Predicts Later Cognitive DeclineMusic Therapy Relieves Post-Op Pain in Spinal Surgery PatientsLower Risk of Gastrointestinal Bleeding for ApixabanBedbugs Building Resistance to More InsecticidesObesity May Make Rheumatoid Arthritis Tough to Spot, TrackXanax, Valium May Boost Pneumonia Risk in Alzheimer's PatientsU.S. Blood Banks Can Protect Blood Supply From Zika VirusHow to Protect Yourself From Air PollutionIntestinal Reovirus Infection May Be Cause of Celiac DiseaseFDA Approves Hep C Drugs for Kids 12 and Older
Questions and AnswersLinksBook Reviews
Related Topics

Cancer
Men's Health
Women's Health

No Link Between Common Antibiotic, Irregular Heartbeat

HealthDay News
by -- Robert Preidt
Updated: Apr 18th 2017

new article illustration

TUESDAY, April 18, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- The widely used antibiotic azithromycin doesn't increase the risk of an abnormal heart rhythm, a new study finds.

Azithromycin (Zithromax) is often used to treat respiratory and urinary tract infections. It belongs to a class of drugs known as macrolides. Another type of macrolide called erythromycin can disrupt the heart's normal rhythm. That antibiotic has been linked to a potentially life-threatening heart condition called ventricular arrhythmia.

Recent studies have reached conflicting conclusions about whether azithromycin is also linked to an increased risk of death from that condition.

In an effort to clarify the issue, researchers analyzed data from more than 14 million new antibiotic users. The patients were located in Denmark, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom.

The study found that 0.1 percent developed ventricular arrhythmia. Only 30 of those patients were new users of azithromycin.

People who took azithromycin weren't any more likely to develop ventricular arrhythmia than those who took another widely used antibiotic called amoxicillin. Amoxicillin is a penicillin drug. However, those taking azithromycin were at higher risk than those who didn't take antibiotics, the study found.

Findings from the study were published April 18 in the CMAJ (Canadian Medical Association Journal).

"This finding suggests that the risk of ventricular arrhythmia is more likely to be due to a person's poor health and caused by their infection, rather than to azithromycin itself," study author Dr. Gianluca Trifiro, from the University of Messina in Italy, said in a journal news release.

The researchers noted their data came from people who weren't hospitalized. That means their findings may not apply to the use of azithromycin in hospitals, where the health of patients and use of antibiotics is quite different.

More information

The American Heart Association has more on heart rhythm problems.