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Zithromax Stevens Johnson Syndrome

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Zithromax side effects reportedly include an increased risk of Zithromax Stevens Johnson Syndrome. At least one report has linked side effects of Zithromax and the development of Stevens Johnson Syndrome, a potentially fatal condition.


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Zithromax, known generically as azithromycin, is an antibiotic used to treat infections caused by bacteria, including respiratory infections, skin infections and sexually transmitted diseases. It is often used in children to treat middle ear infections, pneumonia and tonsillitis.

Zithromax Side Effects

darvondarvocetpillstackartA 2006 report found at the National Center for Biotechnology Information suggests that use of Zithromax is linked to the development of Stevens Johnson Syndrome (also known as SJS) in at least two cases. In one case, a 62-year-old woman was given azithromycin for an upper respiratory tract infection. The patient developed a rash on her hands, fever and chills and discoloration around her eyes. After treatment with corticosteroids, the patient recovered. The same report notes that a child was also found to have developed Stevens Johnson Syndrome after using azithromycin.

Stevens Johnson Syndrome Symptoms

Stevens Johnson Syndrome is a potentially fatal allergic reaction to medication. It can arise at any time and can occur even after the patient has used a particular drug for a long time with no adverse reaction.

Stevens Johnson Syndrome (referred to as Toxic Epidermal Necrolysis in its more serious stages) usually begins with a fever, sore throat and headache. As the syndrome progresses, the patient develops skin lesions and blisters. The patient's mucus membranes in the mouth and throat can be affect, as can the eyelids. Eventually, the patient often loses a majority of her skin, as it sloughs off. Some patients suffer internal burning, as well, which can cause severe damage to internal organs. Many patients with SJS are treated in hospital burn units because of the loss of skin and risk of infection.

Stevens Johnson Syndrome can be fatal. In situations where it is not fatal, the patient often suffers long-term effects, including blindness, sensitivity to light, loss of hair, scarring, loss of nails and respiratory problems.

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Frequent skin rash and blisters. I think I have the same rash inside my body as I experience severe pain in my abdomen and chest area. Same rash and burning is experienced in my eyes frequently.

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I have had 2 occurences of SJS in the past year. Resulting in large sores in nose, eye & mouth. It has also caused me to have to carry an epi-pen for swollen sinus and tongue and caused nausea and migraine.


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