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Clarithromycin Dangerous For Patients With Cardiac Conditions

Results from a Danish study published in the British Medical Journal analyzed data from 1997 to 2011 suggest that the antibiotic clarithromycin may be associated with an increased risk for cardiac death, according to an article published by CBS News. In the participants aged forty to seventy-four, those who used the antibiotic were at a seventy-six percent greater risk for cardiac death than those who took penicillin. However, the increase is small on a relative scale and researchers assert that physicians should not alter their practice of prescribing clarithromycin until results can be confirmed. Still, patients with pre-existing heart problems should take this into consideration when selecting antibiotic treatments.

Read the article published by CBS News.

Read the study published in the British Medical Journal.