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Is the antibiotic Ketek safe from liver damage?
The ketolide antibiotic Ketek has been linked to hepatitis and liver damage resulting in liver transplants and death. Do you have a Ketek lawsuit?
Ketek (KEE tek, Key Tech =) or telithromycin tablets is a ketolide antibiotic. Telithromycin kills certain bacteria or stops its growth. Ketek kills many of the types of bacteria infections that are found in the lungs, sinus, and throat. Ketek will not work for colds, flu, or other viral infections. Since Ketek came on the market in 2004, there is no generic equivalent.
Hepatitis is a gastroenterological disease known as inflammation of the liver. The clinical signs and prognosis, as well as the therapy, depend on the cause. Hepatitis is characterized by fatigue, malaise, joint aches, abdominal pain, vomiting two or three times a day for the first five days, loss of appetite, dark urine, fever, jaundice, and an enlarged liver. Some chronic forms of hepatitis show very few of these signs. When the ongoing inflammation has led to the replacement of liver cells by connective tissue resulting in cirrhosis does the liver damage become diagnosed. Certain liver function tests can also indicate hepatitis.
Telithromycin may be affecting the way your heart beats. If you have a disease called myasthenia gravis, Ketek may worsen your symptoms. If you experience any worsening of your symptoms (such as muscle weakness, difficulty breathing) while taking telithromycin, stop taking telithromycin and contact your doctor immediately.
Serious Ketek side effects Report these Ketek side effects to your doctor as soon as possible:
▪ jaundice (yellowing of the skin and/or eyes)
▪ redness, blistering, peeling or loosening of the skin, including inside the mouth
▪ severe or watery diarrhea or persistent diarrhea
▪ skin rash, itching
▪ swelling of tongue or throat
▪ difficult breathing
▪ fainting spells
▪ eye problems such as blurred vision, difficulty focusing, and objects doubled
Ketek side effects that usually do not require medical attention are: diarrhea, dizziness, headache, and nausea. However, do report the above Ketek side effects to your doctor if they continue or become bothersome. It sounds as though the Ketek side effects are more threatening than the real symptoms of a sinus or bacterial lung infection.
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