Bladder Infection Treatment

A new study recently published in the New England Journal of Medicine today revealed that a popular drug prescribed as a bladder infection treatment as well as a treatment for bacterial infections of the respiratory system and tonsilitis subjected patients to a “small increase” in the risk of death by heart attack. The increased risk was for the drug Zithromax (Azithromycin), and is twice the amount for another popular antibiotic amoxicillin. The study folllowed 350,000 prescriptions of the drug to medicaid patients in Tennessee.  For anyone who is currently using or going to use a pharmaceutical antibiotic to treat re-curring UTI’s  this question now comes up-

Is Zithromax As  A Bladder Infection Treatment Dangerous?

A few snippets of the report are as follows:

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Background

…published reports of arrhythmias suggest that azithromycin may increase the risk of cardiovascular death.

Results

During 5 days of therapy, patients taking azithromycin, as compared with those who took no antibiotics, had an increased risk of cardiovascular death…  Patients who took amoxicillin had no increase in the risk of death during this period. Relative to amoxicillin, azithromycin was associated with an increased risk of cardiovascular death…  with an estimated 47 additional cardiovascular deaths per 1 million courses; patients in the highest decile of risk for cardiovascular disease had an estimated 245 additional cardiovascular deaths per 1 million courses. The risk of cardiovascular death was significantly greater with azithromycin than with ciprofloxacin but did not differ significantly from that with levofloxacin.

Conclusions

During 5 days of azithromycin therapy, there was a small absolute increase in cardiovascular deaths, which was most pronounced among patients with a high baseline risk of cardiovascular disease. (Funded by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute and the Agency for Healthcare Quality and Research Centers for Education and Research on Therapeutics.)

We encourage anyone who has concerns about the constant use of pharmaceutical antibiotics to treat recurring or chronic urinary tract infections to get as much information as they can so they can make good decisions regarding their own health and what they can to do not only lessen the chance of constantly getting UTIs but what they can do to safely treat them as well with natural  safe methods that will not subject them to increased risks as the article in the NEJM suggests. You can read the rest of the article here.  Proper bladder infection treatment is very important.

What do you think?  What does this report mean to you?

Topic: Bladder Infection  Treatment