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The antibiotic that could stop your heart cold

It’s the go-to drug doctors prescribe every day for common infections.

And if your own doc “goes to” this drug for an illness you’re battling, you could find yourself “going to” some places you’d never want to visit: the ER… or even the morgue!

It’s a class of antibiotics called macrolides, the most common of which is azithromycin — aka the old “Z-Pak” that docs hand out the way that Santa hands out toys.

But if your doc offers you this drug, think twice — new research finds it can stop your heart cold or make it race like a greyhound chasing a rabbit.

Overall, azithromycin raises the risk of serious heart problems by a stunning 250 percent, and death from heart problems by nearly a third, according to the review of 33 studies published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.

Azithromycin and other macrolides are given out for just about everything under the sun. You name it, your doc will try to throw a macrolide at it: pneumonia… whooping cough… gastroenteritis… skin infections… STDs… and more.

If you ever see a doc on the side of the road with a flat tire, don’t be surprised if he tries to give it azithromycin!

As usual, the armchair experts are out in force, claiming the overall risk is so small it shouldn’t stop docs from handing out Z-Paks. They claim more people could die of minor infections if they don’t take the drug.

C’mon already. The problem isn’t that people who need the drug aren’t taking it.

It’s that most of the people who take it DON’T need it!

Antibiotics are among the most overused meds on the planet, and, in the eyes of most docs, azithromycin is the fairest of them all.

Some docs even give it to their bronchitis patients despite the fact that bronchitis is almost always caused by a VIRUS, and antibiotics do nothing against viral illnesses.

Yes, there are times you might really need an antibiotic. And if that’s truly the case, take the darned thing — but before you swallow so much as a single pill in your pak, talk to your doc first and make sure you really need it.

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