Ultimate Medications for Pneumonia

Babies and Children

Babies 1 week old or less

Babies this young are given antibiotics directly into a vein in hospital.

Babies aged 1 week to 4 months

Babies in this category might be given with azithromycin or erythromycin based in the doctor’s diagnosis and it is given through mouth.

If they have high fever too they might be given with benzyl penicillin or cefotaxime through a vein.

Children aged 4 months to 5 years

Viral pneumonia

Pneumonia occurred in children of this age group is usually caused  due to a virus , so antibiotics won’t be effective as they don’t kill viruses.

Pain relievers like Paracetamol or ibuprofen can be taken as it can also eradicate fever if you have high temperature

Bacterial pneumonia

It is quite unlikely but if somehow your child’s pneumonia is caused by bacteria, then your doctor will you’re your child with some antibiotics.

If there are no severity in your child’s symptoms, amoxicillin can be taken as it may be prescribed.

Children that are suffering with a severe infection and symptoms which are rapidly worsening might need other types of antibiotics and they may also need to go to hospital, where the antibiotics will be given intravenously into a vein. The type of antibiotic that your child will be given will depend on what bacteria might be causing the infection.

Children aged 5 to 15 years old

Pneumonia in this age group is generally caused by bacteria and should and can be treated at home with antibiotics.

Your doctor might usually prescribe amoxicillin. Amoxicillin is effective against the Streptococcus pneumonia bacteria, which is the cause of pneumonia in most cases in this age group.

Your doctor may prescribe roxithromycin or clarithromycin that are mostly taken by mouth. These are for treating the bacteria Mycobacterium pneumonia that is also a root cause of pneumonia in children in this age group.

If your child’s symptoms contains severity, they are very likely to develop other complications and in turn they will need antibiotic treatment or even, in worst cases, hospitalization, where they will mostly be given antibiotics intravenously into a vein. The type of antibiotic will be prescribed on the basis of the type of bacteria causing the infection and is given to your child.

Adults

The treatment for your pneumonia will depend on which type of germ is causing it (i.e. a viral or bacterial infection).

Pneumonia in adults is usually caused by bacteria. If the cause of infection is bacteria, your doctor may prescribe antibiotics which is most appropriate for you depends on what type of bacteria is causing the infection, and how severe your symptoms are.

Less severe pneumonia infections doesn’t need intensive care and can be treated with antibiotics at home.

Severe pneumonia

If you have severe pneumonia or you are an older person or if you have another medical condition, you may have to be prescribed with antibiotics and you might need to go to hospital.

Take your antibiotics for the length of time directed by your doctor, even if you may be feeling better. Not taking the antibiotics for the recommended length of time can result in bacteria that are not killed can become resistant to that antibiotic and this resistance may be passed on to other bacteria, and to other people which makes it hazardous.

Which antibiotics are used to treat pneumonia?

Amoxicillin

Amoxicillin (sold as Amoxil or other names) is taken by mouth and is one of the most recommended treatment for Streptococcus pneumoniae bacteria that commonly cause pneumonia.

Amoxicillin is from the same category of antibiotics as penicillin, so if you have had a reaction to penicillin in the past, tell your doctor. Your doctor might prescribe doxycycline or clarithromycin instead.

Other antibiotics

If you happen to need hospital treatment for your pneumonia, the doctor-prescribed antibiotics you will receive will be given depending on the severity of your symptoms as well as the type of bacteria causing the infection.

Benzyl penicillin together with doxycycline or clarithromycin are given by doctor if the case is less severe.

But in case of severity, you may be given azithromycin along with benzyl penicillin and gentamicin.

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