Lung and respiratory problems

Pneumonia

About Pneumonia

Pneumonia is an infection in one or both of the lungs. Many germs, such as bacteria, viruses, and fungi, can cause pneumonia. You can also get pneumonia by inhaling a liquid or chemical. People most at risk are older than 65 or younger than 2 years of age, or already have health problems.

Symptoms of Pneumonia
  • High fever
  • Shaking chills
  • Cough with phlegm that doesn't improve or gets worse
  • Shortness of breath with normal daily activities
  • Chest pain when you breathe or cough
  • Feeling suddenly worse after a cold or flu

Top Medications for Pneumonia according to our users

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  • amoxicillin
    Prescription only

    Amoxil (amoxicillin) is a good and cheap antibiotic that comes in different forms to treat many types of bacterial infections.

    • Available dosage forms:
    • Pill
    • Chewable tablet
    • Extended-release tablet
    • Liquid
  • piperacillin-tazobactam
    Prescription only

    Zosyn (piperacillin-tazobactam) is only available as an injectable, so it's usually only given in the hospital. You can take Zosyn (piperacillin-tazobactam) at home, but it has to be stored in the fridge and used every 6 hours.

    • Available dosage forms:
    • Injection
  • teflaro
    (ceftaroline)
    Prescription only

    Teflaro (ceftaroline) only comes as an injectable and is usually only given in the hospital for serious bacterial infections.

    • Available dosage forms:
    • Injection
  • Zovirax
    (acyclovir)
    Prescription only

    Zovirax (Acyclovir) is good for treating viral infections like herpes, chickenpox, and shingles. It won't cure the disease, but it'll shorten the length of a breakout.

    • Available dosage forms:
    • Pill
    • Oral suspension
    • Dissolving tablet extended release
    • Cream, gel, or ointment
  • Augmentin
    (amoxicillin / clavulanate)
    Prescription only

    Augmentin (amoxicillin / clavulanate) is first-choice antibiotic for most common types of infections. However, it may not work against more serious or uncommon types of infections.

    • Available dosage forms:
    • Pill
    • Chewable tablet
    • Extended release
    • Liquid
  • Ceclor
    (cefaclor)
    Prescription only

    Ceclor (cefaclor) is good for treating many bacterial infections, but be sure to take the full course without stopping so that the medicine can work.

    • Available dosage forms:
    • Pill
    • Extended release
    • Liquid
  • cefotaxime
    Prescription only

    Claforan (cefotaxime) is good for treating many bacterial infections, but it is only available as an injectable, so it is usually only used in the hospital.

    • Available dosage forms:
    • Injection
  • ceftriaxone
    Prescription only

    Rocephin (ceftriaxone) is good for treating many bacterial infections, but it is only available as an injectable, so it is usually only used in a hospital or doctor's office.

    • Available dosage forms:
    • Injection
  • Cipro
    (ciprofloxacin)
    Prescription only

    Cipro (ciprofloxacin) is a good, cheap antibiotic that treats many types of bacterial infections, but it interacts with some food and drugs.

    • Available dosage forms:
    • Pill
    • Liquid
    • Injection
    • Extended release pill
  • Tobramycin
    Prescription only

    • Available dosage forms:
    • Inhaler
  • cefazolin
    Prescription only

    Ancef (cefazolin) is only available as an injectable, so it is usually only used in the hospital. It's good for treating many bacterial infections.

    • Available dosage forms:
    • Injection
  • doxycycline
    Prescription only

    Vibramycin (doxycycline) is good for treating many bacterial infections, but can increase your skin's sensitivity to sunlight and make you more likely to get a sunburn or rash.

    • Available dosage forms:
    • Pill
    • Delayed release pill
    • Liquid
  • Erythromycin
    Prescription only

    Ery-Tab (Erythromycin) works well to treat a variety of bacterial infections, but check for drug interactions before taking it.

    • Available dosage forms:
    • Pill
    • Delayed release tablet
    • Extended release
  • Keflex
    (cephalexin)
    Prescription only

    Keflex (cephalexin) is good for treating many bacterial infections, and is available as a generic.

    • Available dosage forms:
    • Pill
    • Liquid
  • Minocycline
    Prescription only

    Solodyn (Minocycline) is an effective way to treat certain skin infections, acne, and rosacea, but you'll need to use barrier methods of birth control since it can make birth control pills less effective and cause birth defects.

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    • Available dosage forms:
    • Pill
    • Extended release
    • Extended release capsule
  • Tetracycline
    Prescription only

    Acnecycline (Tetracycline) treats many different types of infections and is cheap, but dosing and drug interactions may be somewhat of a hassle.

    • Available dosage forms:
    • Pill
    • Cream, gel, or ointment
  • Cipro
    (ciprofloxacin)
    Prescription only

    Cipro (ciprofloxacin) is a good, cheap antibiotic that treats many types of bacterial infections, but it interacts with some food and drugs.

    • Available dosage forms:
    • Pill
    • Liquid
    • Injection
    • Extended release pill
  • Levaquin
    (levofloxacin)
    Prescription only

    Levaquin (levofloxacin) effectively treats different types of bacterial infections, but it is relatively more expensive than some of its alternatives.

    • Available dosage forms:
    • Pill
    • Liquid
  • Zyvox
    (linezolid)
    Prescription only

    Zyvox (linezolid) is good first-choice treatment for serious infections caused by gram positive bacteria.

    • Available dosage forms:
    • Pill
    • Liquid
    • Injection
  • Tetracycline
    Prescription only

    Acnecycline (Tetracycline) treats many different types of infections and is cheap, but dosing and drug interactions may be somewhat of a hassle.

    • Available dosage forms:
    • Pill
    • Cream, gel, or ointment

Medication side effects for Pneumonia

These are some of the most common side effects from clinical trials for Diarrhea.

  • Cipro: 2%
  • Ceclor: 8%
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At this end, no one is expected to have Diarrhea

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At this end, almost everyone is expected to have Diarrhea

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