Review: could Azithromycin cause Muscle Weakness?


Summary

Muscle weakness is found among people who take Azithromycin, especially for people who are female, 60+ old , have been taking the drug for < 1 month, also take medication Prednisone, and have Pain . We study 17,402 people who have side effects while taking Azithromycin from FDA and social media. Among them, 939 have Muscle weakness. Find out below who they are, when they have Muscle weakness and more.

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Azithromycin

Azithromycin has active ingredients of azithromycin. It is often used in pneumonia. (latest outcomes from Azithromycin 19,265 users)

Muscle Weakness

Muscle weakness (a lack of muscle strength) has been reported by people with breathing difficulty, pain, urinary tract infection, weakness, diarrhea (latest reports from 271,258 Muscle weakness patients).

On Sep, 17, 2016

17,402 people reported to have side effects when taking Azithromycin.
Among them, 939 people (5.4%) have Muscle Weakness


Number of reports submitted per year:

Could Azithromycin cause Muscle weakness?

Time on Azithromycin when people have Muscle Weakness *:

  • < 1 month: 85.45 %
  • 1 - 6 months: 9.09 %
  • 6 - 12 months: 0.91 %
  • 1 - 2 years: 0.0 %
  • 2 - 5 years: 1.82 %
  • 5 - 10 years: 1.82 %
  • 10+ years: 0.91 %

Gender of people who have Muscle Weakness when taking Azithromycin *:

  • female: 64.61 %
  • male: 35.39 %

Age of people who have Muscle Weakness when taking Azithromycin *:

  • 0-1: 0.0 %
  • 2-9: 1.01 %
  • 10-19: 2.39 %
  • 20-29: 8.18 %
  • 30-39: 11.45 %
  • 40-49: 14.97 %
  • 50-59: 20.5 %
  • 60+: 41.51 %

Severity if Muscle Weakness when taking Azithromycin **:

  • least: 0.0 %
  • moderate: 100 %
  • severe: 0.0 %
  • most severe: 0.0 %

Top conditions involved for these people *:

  • Pain (72 people, 7.67%)
  • Hiv Infection (42 people, 4.47%)
  • Multiple Myeloma (41 people, 4.37%)
  • Hypertension (37 people, 3.94%)
  • Hypercalcaemia (33 people, 3.51%)

Top co-used drugs for these people *:

  • Prednisone (167 people, 17.78%)
  • Aspirin (164 people, 17.47%)
  • Levaquin (149 people, 15.87%)
  • Furosemide (142 people, 15.12%)
  • Albuterol (135 people, 14.38%)

Top other side effects for these people *:

  • Nausea (316 people, 33.65%)
  • Dyspnoea (306 people, 32.59%)
  • Pain (303 people, 32.27%)
  • Fatigue (283 people, 30.14%)
  • Anxiety (259 people, 27.58%)

* Approximation only. Some reports may have incomplete information.

** Reports from social media are used.

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