Antibiotics can be a literal life-saver when
treating bacteria infections, but some are linked to less-than-desirable health effects.
When it comes to pneumonia and older adults, new research is showing that the good may
out-weigh the bad. I’m Rachelle Grossman with your latest health news. The antibiotic azithromycin,
commonly prescribed as Zithromax or a Z-Pak, is often used to treat pneumonia. Some patients
experience heart problems after taking it, however a recent review of older people, mostly
men, finds that the short-term survival rate is higher in those who take this antibiotic,
compared to those who are prescribed something else. The researchers say the increased survival
odds may be due to the effect azithromycin has on the immune system. You should discuss
any medication side effects with your pharmacist.