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Pneumonia

What medications help treat pneumonia?

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  • If you have bacterial pneumonia, the most common kind, your doctor will probably prescribe antibiotic drugs. It's important to take the drugs on schedule. Don't stop taking the pills when you start feeling better. Finish the full prescription to be sure you've treated the infection completely and to keep it from coming back. Antibiotics don't help treat viral pneumonia. In most cases, people with viral pneumonia get better by themselves. In some cases, antiviral medications may be prescribed. For people who are at risk of getting a bacterial infection on top of viral pneumonia, doctors sometimes prescribe antibiotics.
  • AHealthwise answered

    Doctors use antibiotics to treat pneumonia that is caused by bacteria. Although experts differ on their recommendations, the first antibiotic used is usually one that kills a wide range of bacteria (broad-spectrum antibiotic). 8, 9 All antibiotics used have a high cure rate for pneumonia. 5

    There are many types of antibiotics. Your doctor will decide which antibiotic will work best for you. In most cases, a doctor will prescribe antibiotics without first identifying the exact organism causing the illness.

    If you don't get better with your first antibiotic, your doctor may add a second antibiotic to cover other bacteria that are not being treated with the first one. Or you may have more testing to identify the specific organism that is causing the pneumonia.

    Sometimes doctors use two antibiotics when first starting treatment.

    What to think about-More and more bacteria are becoming resistant to certain antibiotics, making them less effective. An example of this is MRSA, or methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, which is resistant to many types of penicillin. To help fight antibiotic resistance, ask your doctor how to take your antibiotics correctly, such as always finishing your prescription.

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