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 12,907 people who have side effects while taking Azithromycin from FDA and social media. Among them, 802 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 14,131 users)

Muscle Weakness

Muscle weakness (a lack of muscle strength) has been reported by people with breathing difficulty, rashes, diarrhea, insomnia, fatigue (latest reports from 199,501 Muscle weakness patients).

On Aug, 19, 2016

12,907 people reported to have side effects when taking Azithromycin.
Among them, 802 people (6.21%) have Muscle Weakness


Number of reports submitted per year:

Could Azithromycin cause Muscle weakness?

Time on Azithromycin when people have Muscle Weakness *:

  • < 1 month: 87.1 %
  • 1 - 6 months: 8.6 %
  • 6 - 12 months: 0.0 %
  • 1 - 2 years: 0.0 %
  • 2 - 5 years: 1.08 %
  • 5 - 10 years: 2.15 %
  • 10+ years: 1.08 %

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

  • female: 65.65 %
  • male: 34.35 %

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

  • 0-1: 0.0 %
  • 2-9: 1.01 %
  • 10-19: 1.88 %
  • 20-29: 8.83 %
  • 30-39: 11.0 %
  • 40-49: 15.2 %
  • 50-59: 21.42 %
  • 60+: 40.67 %

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 (60 people)
  • Multiple Myeloma (41 people)
  • Hiv Infection (35 people)
  • Hypertension (33 people)
  • Hypercalcaemia (33 people)

Top co-used drugs for these people *:

  • Prednisone (165 people)
  • Aspirin (159 people)
  • Levaquin (142 people)
  • Furosemide (142 people)
  • Albuterol (134 people)

* Approximation only. Some reports may have incomplete information.

** Reports from social media are used.

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