Medicines update

Common antibiotic linked to cardio events

The antibiotic clarithromycin could increase the risk of cardiac-related death, new research has revealed.

Danish researchers found a 76% increased risk of cardiac death among patients taking a seven-day treatment course of clarithromycin. The effect was most pronounced (increased more than twofold) among women

Their study, published in the BMJ, included 160,000 patients aged 40-74 taking clarithromycin, compared to groups taking roxithromycin or

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