Review: could Azithromycin cause Clostridium Difficile Colitis?


Clostridium difficile colitis is found among people who take Azithromycin, especially for people who are male, 60+ old , have been taking the drug for < 1 month, also take medication Omeprazole, and have Pseudomonas infection . We study 17,402 people who have side effects while taking Azithromycin from FDA and social media. Among them, 80 have Clostridium difficile colitis. Find out below who they are, when they have Clostridium difficile colitis and more.

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Azithromycin has active ingredients of azithromycin. It is often used in sinusitis. (latest outcomes from Azithromycin 19,299 users)

Clostridium Difficile Colitis

Clostridium difficile colitis (inflammation of colon by clostridium difficile bacteria infection) has been reported by people with multiple myeloma, high blood pressure, osteoporosis, pain, multiple sclerosis (latest reports from 6,129 Clostridium difficile colitis patients).

On Sep, 22, 2016

17,402 people reported to have side effects when taking Azithromycin.
Among them, 80 people (0.46%) have Clostridium Difficile Colitis

Number of reports submitted per year:

Could Azithromycin cause Clostridium difficile colitis?

Time on Azithromycin when people have Clostridium Difficile Colitis *:

  • < 1 month: 86.36 %
  • 1 - 6 months: 4.55 %
  • 6 - 12 months: 4.55 %
  • 1 - 2 years: 0.0 %
  • 2 - 5 years: 4.55 %
  • 5 - 10 years: 0.0 %
  • 10+ years: 0.0 %

Gender of people who have Clostridium Difficile Colitis when taking Azithromycin *:

  • female: 27.27 %
  • male: 72.73 %

Age of people who have Clostridium Difficile Colitis when taking Azithromycin *:

  • 0-1: 2.9 %
  • 2-9: 1.45 %
  • 10-19: 1.45 %
  • 20-29: 15.94 %
  • 30-39: 28.99 %
  • 40-49: 5.8 %
  • 50-59: 14.49 %
  • 60+: 28.99 %

Top conditions involved for these people *:

  • Pseudomonas Infection (18 people, 22.50%)
  • Gastrooesophageal Reflux Disease (15 people, 18.75%)
  • Mycobacterium Abscessus Infection (13 people, 16.25%)
  • Pneumonia (6 people, 7.50%)
  • Hypertension (6 people, 7.50%)

Top co-used drugs for these people *:

  • Omeprazole (30 people, 37.50%)
  • Meropenem (25 people, 31.25%)
  • Clarithromycin (19 people, 23.75%)
  • Minocycline Hcl (15 people, 18.75%)
  • Metronidazole (14 people, 17.50%)

Top other side effects for these people *:

  • Dehydration (35 people, 43.75%)
  • Tachycardia (28 people, 35.00%)
  • Pseudomembranous Colitis (28 people, 35.00%)
  • Hypotension (28 people, 35.00%)
  • Diarrhoea (25 people, 31.25%)

* Approximation only. Some reports may have incomplete information.

** Reports from social media are used.

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