URGENT: New warning for heart patients
The feds are out with a new warning that's making big headlines... stunning doctors and patients alike.
The FDA says that a wildly popular antibiotic can HURT and even KILL heart patients.
And it's urging docs to limit or avoid the meds in these folks.
The agency is acting like it's protecting you. It wants you to think that it just discovered this risk. It wants you to believe that it's taken swift action.
The media are even playing along, praising the agency for its urgent bulletin.
Too bad that it's only 10 YEARS too late!
A study published in Cardiology -- a major medical journal -- warned of this risk all the way back in 2008.
The study found that patients with stable heart disease who were given the drug clarithromycin (a.k.a. Biaxin) had a higher risk of dying... and not while taking the drug or even right after it.
No, this risk sinks in very slowly.
Taking this drug just one time -- a single two-week course, for example -- could increase your risk of death by 21 percent over six years.
That's not the only study, either.
Another one, published in 2014, confirmed that the drug increases the risk of death in heart patients.
That's frightening when you consider how popular this medication is.
For many docs, it's the go-to drug given for the illnesses behind some of the most common reasons for doctor visits: sinus infections, pneumonia, tonsillitis, bronchitis, and more.
Clarithromycin is also often used to kill off the bacteria that cause ulcers.
All of those infections add up to widespread use: According to the National Institutes of Health, this drug is prescribed 3 MILLION times a year.
With numbers like that, it's a sure bet that many of the people who've taken the drug have heart disease.
No doubt, some of them died because of it... while the FDA delayed taking action.
Don't let yourself become a victim of this drug.
First, recognize that many infections DON'T require antibiotics. Bronchitis, for example, is viral 95 percent of the time, so unless you have special risk factors, aren't getting better, or have a test to confirm bacteria, you might not need an antibiotic at all.
And second, if you do need drugs, there are better and safer options. Work closely with your doctor to choose the best antibiotic, especially if you have heart disease.