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Review: could Azithromycin cause Clostridium difficile colitis?

Summary: Clostridium difficile colitis could be caused by Azithromycin, especially for people who are male, 30-39 old, have been taking the drug for < 1 month, also take Omeprazole, and have Pseudomonas infection.

We study 10,896 people who have side effects while taking Azithromycin from FDA and social media. Among them, 57 have Clostridium difficile colitis. Find out below who they are, when they have Clostridium difficile colitis and more.

On Apr, 10, 2014: 10,759 people reported to have side effects when taking Azithromycin. Among them, 57 people (0.53%) have Clostridium Difficile Colitis. They amount to 0.19% of all the 30,326 people who have Clostridium Difficile Colitis on eHealthMe.

Trend of Clostridium difficile colitis in Azithromycin reports

Time on Azithromycin when people have Clostridium difficile colitis * :

< 1 month1 - 6 months6 - 12 months1 - 2 years2 - 5 years5 - 10 years10+ years
Clostridium difficile colitis91.67%0.00%8.33%0.00%0.00%0.00%0.00%

Gender of people who have Clostridium difficile colitis when taking Azithromycin * :

FemaleMale
Clostridium difficile colitis19.30%80.70%

Age of people who have Clostridium difficile colitis when taking Azithromycin * :

0-12-910-1920-2930-3940-4950-5960+
Clostridium difficile colitis0.00%1.92%0.00%19.23%36.54%5.77%7.69%28.85%

Severity of Clostridium difficile colitis when taking Azithromycin ** :

n/a

How people recovered from Clostridium difficile colitis ** :

n/a

Top conditions involved for these people * :

  1. Pseudomonas infection (18 people, 31.58%)
  2. Gastrooesophageal reflux disease (15 people, 26.32%)
  3. Mycobacterium abscessus infection (13 people, 22.81%)
  4. Prophylaxis (8 people, 14.04%)
  5. Pneumonia (8 people, 14.04%)

Top co-used drugs for these people * :

  1. Omeprazole (30 people, 52.63%)
  2. Meropenem (26 people, 45.61%)
  3. Ciprofloxacin (23 people, 40.35%)
  4. Clarithromycin (18 people, 31.58%)
  5. Minocycline hcl (15 people, 26.32%)

* Approximation only. Some reports may have incomplete information.

** Reports from social media are used.

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  • From this study (2 weeks ago):

  • one dose of Azithromycin taken and my eyes felt weird; stiff, gritty, gone by the next day. Haven't taken any more since

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  • From this study (3 weeks ago):

  • After 7 weeks on azithromycin 500mg IV daily, with pre-existing tinnitus, developed sudden hearing loss left ear. IV zithromax discontinued 3 days later. 4 days after Azithromycin discontinued, experienced vertigo; diagnosed with Meniere's disease.

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  • From this study (3 weeks ago):

  • I have so many side effects that chronic fatigue seems simplistic. Almost every cell in my body has been damaged. I have seen over 20 doctors since my cascade of symptoms started (13years ago). They all play dumb, tell me my problem is not in their specialty, or offer me antidepressants. Yet when I look up actual research, I see that most of the pieces of the physiology of my syndrome have been known for years (some for decades).

    I also note that on this web site, there is no way to report a high number of side effects or simplify them as mitochondrial damage.

    I believe it is the intent of this web site, the AMA, drug companies, and most doctors to deliberately avoid "knowing" about the holocaust of poisoning that is occurring in the name of heath care.

    The logarithmical explosion of cancer, obesity, depression, allergies, auto-immune diseases, "rare genetic diseases," and diabetes (to name just a few) matches exactly the explosion of pharmaceutical consumption.

    It would be appropriate to apply the scientific method instead of the profit motive to further human health.

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