Bacterial Pneumonia Treatment
- Stop smoking
- Avoid alcohol
- Increase fluids:
- Important to avoid dehydration
- Must be cautious in those with a history for heart disease or congestive heart failure
- Antibiotics for bacterial pneumonia: selection depends on underlying organism:
- Amoxicillin and clavulanate (Augmentin)
- Azithromycin (Zithromax)
- Cefprozil (Cefzil)
- Ceftazidime (Ceptaz, Fortaz, Tazicef, Tazidime)
- Ceftriaxone (Rocephin)
- Cefuroxime (Ceftin, Kefurox, Zinacef)
- Clarithromycin (Biaxin)
- Doxycycline (Doryx, Bio-Tab)
- Ertapenem (Invanz)
- Erythromycin (EES, Erythrocin, Ery-Tab)
- Levofloxacin (Levaquin)
- Linezolid (Zyvox)
- Moxifloxacin (Avelox)
- Vancomycin (Vancocin)
- Bronchodilators for wheezing:
- Cough medications:
- Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications for pain:
- Ibuprofen (Motrin, Advil, Nuprin, NeoProfen)
- Ketoprofen (Actron, Orudis, Oruvail)
- Naproxen (Anaprox, Naprosyn, Aleve)
- Oxygen therapy
- Respiratory therapy for pneumonia
- Chest physiotherapy
- Mechanical ventilation:
- Use of a ventilator to support breathing in severe pneumonia
Bacterial Pneumonia Drugs Antibiotics
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Bacterial Pneumonia Questions For Doctor
The following are some important questions to ask before and after the treatment of bacterial pneumonia.
Questions to ask before treatment:
- What are my treatment options?
- What are the risks associated with treatment?
- Do I need to stay in the hospital?
- How long will I be in the hospital?
- Am I contagious?
- For how long?
- What are the complications I should watch for?
- How long will I be on medication?
- What are the potential side effects of my medication?
- Does my medication interact with nonprescription medicines or supplements?
- Should I take my medication with food?
Questions to ask after treatment:
- Do I need to change my diet?
- When can I resume my normal activities?
- When can I return to work?
- What else can I do to reduce my risk for having this problem again?
- How often will I need to see my doctor for checkups?
- What local support and other resources are available?
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