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Food and Drug Administration Warns about Z-Pak

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The Food and Drug Administration is warning consumers that the commonly-prescribed antibiotic Azithromycin, also known as Z-Pak, Zithromax, or Zmax can potentially be fatal.

Chief Quality Officer at United Hospital Center Mark Povroznik said Z-Pak is typically prescribed for illnesses such as bronchitis or pneumonia. 

He said the drug can lead to an arrhythmia, which can lead to a heart attack, and then death. 

But, Povroznik said for the most part, it's considered a low risk drug.

He said only a select group of patients are of concern. 

"What's more important are other effects that together with the medication can lead to this affect. Those include low potassium levels, low magnesium, low calcium, having an underlying congenital heart defect to begin with," Povroznik said.

Povroznik added that low heart rate and coronary artery disease are other risk factors as well, but he stresses that most people don't have to worry.