Antibiotic can kill if you have heart disease, FDA says

People with heart disease need to be careful about using the common antibiotic clarithromycin, the Food and Drug Administration said Thursday. Heart disease patients who take the drug, sold under the brand name Biaxin, can die years later, the FDA said. The FDA said it does not know how clarithromycin might cause heart problems or death, but it’s been warning about the problem since 2005. But a review of data 10 years later shows heart patients still have a higher risk of dying if they took the antibiotic for two weeks. “FDA is advising caution before prescribing the antibiotic clarithromycin...

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