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Pneumonia Treatments

Pneumonia: Treatments Inroduction

One goal of treatment of pneumonia is to control symptoms, such as fever, cough, and shortness of breath, until a person recovers. Another goal is to minimize the development of serious complications, such as severe shortness of breath and hypoxia. With treatment, generally healthy adults can often recover from bacterial pneumonia or viral pneumonia.

However, a strong strain of pneumonia can be fatal to people who have diseases that affect the immune system, such as HIVAIDS, or to people who have chronic illnesses, such as COPD or congestive heart failure, or to the very young or very old. Pneumonia is often a fatal complication of chronic illnesses.

A very serious type of pneumonia, called methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus pneumonia, can be very difficult to treat because the bacteria that causes it are resistant to the effects of antibiotics.

The first step in treatment of pneumonia is prevention. The risk of developing pneumonia can be reduced by not smoking and avoiding air pollutants, and contact with people who are sick with pneumonia, influenza, and other respiratory infections. Good hand washing practices minimize the spread of viruses, bacteria, and microorganisms that cause pneumonia. In addition, a vaccine is available to prevent specific kinds of pneumonia, including Pneumococcal pneumonia.

Mild cases of pneumonia that occur in generally healthy adults may be treated at home. Treatment includes getting plenty of rest and fluids and using a humidifier. The physician will also recommended over-the-counter or prescription medications to relieve pain, fever, and cough. Antibiotics are prescribed if the illness is a form of bacterial pneumonia. Antibiotics are ineffective in curing viral pneumonia.

If there is shortness of breath, a bronchodilator may be needed. Bronchodilators help to relax and open up the lower airways in the lungs and are inhaled into the lungs using a device called an inhaler.

Moderate to severe pneumonia may result in low levels of oxygen in the blood and require hospitalization and intravenous antibiotic administration if the cause is a bacterial infection.

Treatment often includes oxygen therapy, in which extra oxygen is given through nasal prongs or a mask. Supplemental oxygen can help relieve the shortness of breath and ensure that the vital organs, such as the heart and the brain, get enough oxygen. Concentrations of oxygen and the types of devices used vary depending on the severity of an individual's condition.

In the most severe cases in which complications such as hypoxia, respiratory failure and shock occur or are likely to occur, a breathing tube may be inserted into the lungs through the mouth to keep the airway open (intubation). Breathing is then supported by mechanical ventilation.

Treatments for Pneumonia

The following treatments are listed for Pneumonia in our knowledge base:

Alternative Treatments for Pneumonia

Alternative treatments, home remedies, other other complementary therapies that have been listed as possibly helpful for Pneumonia in various sources may include:

  • Vitamin A
  • Vitamin C
  • Vitamin E
  • Bioflavonoids
  • Bromelain
  • Thymus extract
  • Goldenseal
  • Echinacea
  • Shitake mushroom
  • Maitake mushroom
  • Probiotics (while taking antibiotics)
  • Phosphorus homeopathic remedy
  • Aconite homeopathic remedy
  • Ferrum phos homeopathic remedy
  • Arsenicum homeopathic remedy
  • Antimonium tartaricum homeopathic remedy
  • Bryonia homeopathic remedy
  • Lycopodium homeopathic remedy
  • Hepar sulph homeopathic remedy
  • Sulphur homeopathic remedy
  • Mercurius homeopathic remedy
  • Ipecacuanha homeopathic remedy
  • Hydration
  • Ayurvedic medicine
  • Avoid dairy products
  • Breathing exercise
  • Triphala tea or supplement
  • Chinese folk remedies
  • Oral pain reliever
  • Stay mobile to encourage movement of lung secretions
  • Cough several times an hour to expel lung secretions
  • Mullein tincture every three hours
  • L. acidophilus supplement or yogurt (while taking antibiotics)

Drugs and Medications used to treat Pneumonia:

Some of the drugs and medications used in the treatment of Pneumonia may include:

  • Flucytosine - mainly used to treat pneumonia caused by Candida or Cryptococcus
  • 5-fluorocytosine - mainly used to treat pneumonia caused by Candida or Cryptococcus
  • 5-FC - mainly used to treat pneumonia caused by Candida or Cryptococcus
  • Ancobon - mainly used to treat pneumonia caused by Candida or Cryptococcus
  • Ancotil - mainly used to treat pneumonia caused by Candida or Cryptococcus
  • Novo-triphyl - mainly used to treat pneumonia caused by Candida or Cryptococcus
  • Macrolide antibiotics
  • Azithromycin
  • Zithromax
  • Clarithromycin
  • Biaxin
  • Biaxin XL
  • Biaxin XL Pac
  • Erythromycin
  • Apo-Erythro Base
  • Apo-Erythro E-C
  • Apo-Erytrho-ES
  • Apo-Erythro-S
  • E.E.S
  • E.E.S. 200
  • E.E.S. 400
  • E-Mycin Controlled Release
  • E-MycinE
  • E-Mycin 333
  • Eramycin
  • Erybid
  • ERYC
  • EryPed
  • Eryphar
  • Ery-Tab
  • Erythrocin
  • Erythromid
  • Ethril
  • ETS-2%
  • Ilosone
  • Ilotycin
  • Novo-Rythro
  • PCE
  • Pediamycin
  • Pediazole
  • PMS-Erythromycin
  • Robimycin
  • SK-Erythromycin
  • Wyamycin E
  • Wyamycin S
  • Cefdinir
  • Omnicef
  • Cefditoren
  • Spectracef
  • Cefpodoxime
  • Vantin
  • Orelox
  • Dicloxacillin
  • Dycill
  • Pathocil
  • Cilpen
  • Ditterolina
  • Posipen
  • Dirithromycin
  • Dynabac
  • Ertapenem
  • Invanz
  • Fusidic Acid
  • Fucidin
  • Linezolid
  • Zyvox
  • Zyvoxam
  • Pentamidine - mainly used for pneumonia ccaused by Pneumocystis canii
  • Pentacarinat - mainly used for pneumonia ccaused by Pneumocystis canii
  • Pentan-300 - mainly used for pneumonia ccaused by Pneumocystis canii
  • NebuPent - mainly used for pneumonia ccaused by Pneumocystis canii
  • Pivampicillin
  • Pondocillin

Unlabeled Drugs and Medications to treat Pneumonia:

Unlabelled alternative drug treatments for Pneumonia may include:

Treatments for Causes of Pneumonia

Review the treatment information pages for various causes of Pneumonia:

More causes: not all possible causes for Pneumonia are listed above; for a full list refer to causes of Pneumonia.

Treatment Notes

Only your doctor can advise whether any of these treatments are appropriate for your specific medical situation. Always discuss all treatment options with your doctor before making a decision, including whether to start or discontinue any treatment plan.

Conditions listing medical symptoms: Pneumonia:

The following list of conditions have 'Pneumonia' or similar listed as a symptom in our database. This computer-generated list may be inaccurate or incomplete. Always seek prompt professional medical advice about the cause of any symptom.

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Conditions listing medical complications: Pneumonia:

The following list of medical conditions have 'Pneumonia' or similar listed as a medical complication in our database.


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