A Look at Antibiotics to Treat Pneumonia

The treatment for pneumonia consists of curing the infection while preventing any further complications. Antibiotics are availed to treat bacterial pneumonia. Factors such as time and age should be considered. Treatment is precise when the particular type of bacteria causing the illness is identified and accordingly medications are used to treat it.


When an average person is diagnosed with pneumonia, the antibiotic of choice is Macrolide or doxy medications. A healthy person with asthma or other comorbidities are diagnosed, a combination of the medicines, Amox or augmentin plus macrolide or doxy. When an individual is diagnosed with series levels of pneumonia enough to be admitted in the hospital, an antibiotic course of ceftriaxone (amp, cefotaxime) should be administered. When the patient is not getting better after general care and is moved to the intensive care unit, antibiotic courses ceftriaxone or unasyn plus azithromycin or quin should be immediately administered. When the patient is sick enough for the need of Intensive Care Unit and is at the same time prone to high risk for methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus or MRSA and pseudo, a combination of zosyn or cefepime, imipenem, and meropenem plus Vanco or linezolid. The absolute worst kind of pneumonia involves diagnosed patients exposed to high risk for MDROs or multi-drug resistant organisms and late-onset healthcare-associated pneumonia, hospital-acquired pneumonia or ventilator-associated pneumonia or VAP.  When treating such severe cases, a course of zosyn or cefepime, imipenem, meropenem plus Vanco or linezolid. When exposed to high risks for aggressive pseudo add quin, aminoglycoside plus azithromycin or quin plus an aminoglycoside.


If the patient fails to improve on augmentin, double check the required dose, while to address severe cases of pneumonia, high doses of typically 2grams twice a day are availed. Facts to note is the oral antibiotic for pneumonia are the macrolide, doxy, penicillins, and quins. The most common kind of bacteria that cause pneumonia is the H. influenzae, S. pneumoniae, M. pneumonia, and C. pneumonia. When the patient fails to get better on the first line of antibiotics, suspect the bacteria Legionella spp or drug-resistant Streptococcus pneumoniae and DRSP. DRSP are resistant to macrolides and quins due to overuse of such medicines. When the patient persists to get better or is at risk for an MDRO because of the lifestyle of the patient, narrow down P. aeruginosa, E. coli, Klebsiella pneumoniae, Acinetobacter spp, MRSA or other anaerobes which usually exist from aspiration.