Review: could Azithromycin cause Muscle weakness (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 Aspirin, and have Pain. We study 10,953 people who have side effects while taking Azithromycin from FDA and social media. Among them, 728 have Muscle weakness. Find out below who they are, when they have Muscle weakness and more.
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Azithromycin has active ingredients of azithromycin. It is often used in sinusitis. (latest outcomes from 12,361 Azithromycin users)
Muscle weakness (a lack of muscle strength) has been reported by people with multiple sclerosis, high blood pressure, high blood cholesterol, osteoporosis, pain. (latest reports from 182,307 Muscle weakness patients)
On May, 1, 2015: 10,951 people reported to have side effects when taking Azithromycin. Among them, 731 people (6.68%) have Muscle Weakness.
Time on Azithromycin when people have Muscle weakness * :
|< 1 month||1 - 6 months||6 - 12 months||1 - 2 years||2 - 5 years||5 - 10 years||10+ years |
|Muscle weakness||89.36%||7.45%||0.00%||0.00%||1.06%||2.13%||0.00% |
Gender of people who have Muscle weakness when taking Azithromycin * :
|Muscle weakness||64.78%||35.22% |
Age of people who have Muscle weakness when taking Azithromycin * :
|Muscle weakness||0.00%||0.96%||1.65%||8.93%||10.71%||15.66%||20.60%||41.48% |
Severity of Muscle weakness when taking Azithromycin ** :
|least||moderate||severe||most severe |
|Muscle weakness||0.00%||100.00%||0.00%||0.00% |
How people recovered from Muscle weakness ** :
Top conditions involved for these people * :
- Pain (59 people, 8.07%)
- Multiple myeloma (51 people, 6.98%)
- Nausea (40 people, 5.47%)
- Hypercalcaemia (31 people, 4.24%)
- Eczema (28 people, 3.83%)
Top co-used drugs for these people * :
- Aspirin (195 people, 26.68%)
- Prednisone (182 people, 24.90%)
- Albuterol (165 people, 22.57%)
- Levaquin (156 people, 21.34%)
- Ambien (152 people, 20.79%)
* Approximation only. Some reports may have incomplete information.
** Reports from social media are used.
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I was diagnosed after a routine diabetes checkup with my PCP, who is a specialist in internal medicine. He referred me to a urologist, who confirmed the kidney stones. The urologist prescribed ciprofloxin and tamsulosin. At the same time, my PCP prescribed farxiga to help control my A1c. About 10 days later, I started breaking out in a rash with very large, painful wheals on my legs, arms, neck and buttocks. I first day my PCP, since this is also an adverse side effect of Farxiga, as listed on their PI sheet. I was taken off Farxiga, and issued resolved itself for a few days. 3 days later, this same rash recurred. I called the urologist. Since I ran out of my prescription of ciprofloxin, it was concluded that the tamsulosin was the issue. The urologist stopped the dosage, but never made any notes on my chart regarding this reaction.
The urologist also decided the my kidney stones were too large to dissolve with medication, and I was referred to the surgeon on staff in this practice. We discussed the options for surgery, and I opted for laser lithotripsy. The surgeon then prescribed tamsulosin, as well as urocit-k, since further bloodwork from the lab showed I had a low potassium level, as well as low creatinine levels. This occurred 1 week before my surgery, after having a cystoscope exam. The rash returned with the large wheals on my arms and legs, as well as my buttocks. When I reported to the hospital for surgery, the nurse commented on the condition of my legs. I did not say anything, as the anesthesia was beginning to take effect. The stones were removed, and a stent was placed in my bladder.
8 days after the surgery, and I still was not feeling well, not having any type of appetite. I started noticing several, small red dots appearing over 80% of my body. I drove myself to the nearest emergency room. The attending physician ran some tests, and determined I was having a severe reaction to tamsulosin and urocit-k. I was taken off both prescriptions, and prescribed vistaril and famotidine and was sent home.
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