Treatment for pneumonia depends on the underlying cause. Treatment for pneumonia may include rest, plenty of liquids, antiviral medications, antibiotics, cough suppressants, bronchodilator medications for wheezing, and acetaminophen or nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications for pain and fever.
Specific treatment for pneumonia includes:
- Antibiotics for bacterial pneumonia
- Inhalers for wheezing
- Cough medications
- Decongestant medications:
- Acetaminophen for pain and fever control
- Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications for pain and fever control
- Ibuprofen (Motrin, Advil, Nuprin, NeoProfen)
- Ketoprofen (Actron, Orudis, Oruvail)
- Naproxen (Anaprox, Naprosyn, Aleve)
- Oxygen therapy
- Respiratory therapy for pneumonia
- Mechanical ventilation:
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Pneumonitis Questions For Doctor
The following are some important questions to ask before and after the treatment of 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 pneumonia again?
- How often will I need to see my doctor for checkups?
- What local support and other resources are available?
Physicians from the following specialties evaluate and treat pneumonia:
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