Zithromax (Azithromycin) is a highly popular but very potent antibiotic more commonly known as “Z-Pak”. Zithromax is manufactured by Pfizer and prescribed for treatment of mild to moderate infections.
Zithromax users have reported experiencing liver damage including elevated liver enzymes, jaundice and liver failure. Some patients that have experienced Z-Pak liver complications have undergone liver transplant surgery. Zithromax liver damage has even led to death.
Common symptoms of liver damage include:
• Yellow eyes
• Abdominal pain
• Clay-colored stool
• Dark urine
• Elevated or abnormal liver enzymes
There have been reports suggesting Pfizer was aware of the potential side effects of Zithromax as far back as 1998, but only changed their warning label to include liver failure, abnormal liver function and necrosis in 2001 when required to do so by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
Zithromax has also been linked to Stevens Johnson Syndrome, a severe rash that affects the skin and mucous membranes and can lead to permanent injuries including blindness, lung damage and damage to the esophagus.
In a 2006 study published by the National Center for Biotechnology Information, a 62-year-old woman who was given Zithromax for several days developed symptoms of Stevens Johnson Syndrome, including a rash on her hands, fever, chills and discoloration around her eyes. The patient recovered after switching from Zithromax to another antibiotic.
If you or a loved one used Z-Pak and experienced liver damage or liver failure or Stevens Johnson Syndrome, contact the lawyers at Hissey Kientz, LLP to learn more about your legal rights. You can reach us by calling toll-free at 8-555-HELPYOU, or by filling out the free case evaluation form to the right of this page.