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

Filter group. All currently selected

All Medications for Pneumonia

  • 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.

    Was it worth it?Review it
    • 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
  • 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.

    Was it worth it?Review it
    • 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.

    Was it worth it?Review it
    • Available dosage forms:
    • Injection
  • Cipro
    (ciprofloxacin)
    Prescription only

    Cipro (Ciprofloxacin) is a good and cheap antibiotic to treat many types of bacterial infections. However, you have to reduce your caffeine intake, and have to protect yourself from the sun.

    • Available dosage forms:
    • Pill
    • Extended release
    • Infusion (iv)
  • Tobramycin
    Prescription only

    Was it worth it?Review it
    • 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.

    Was it worth it?Review it
    • Available dosage forms:
    • Injection
  • Doxycycline
    Prescription only

    Vibramycin (Doxycycline) is good for treating many bacterial infections. It is also available as generic. However, it can make birth control pills less effective. You also have to protect yourself against sunburn.

    • Available dosage forms:
    • Pill
    • Delayed release capsule
    • 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.

    Was it worth it?
    Men
    Not enough review data. Review it!
    Women
    Not enough review data. Review it!
    • 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 and cheap antibiotic to treat many types of bacterial infections. However, you have to reduce your caffeine intake, and have to protect yourself from the sun.

    • Available dosage forms:
    • Pill
    • Extended release
    • Infusion (iv)
  • Levaquin
    (levofloxacin)
    Prescription only

    Levaquin (Levofloxacin) is good for treating many bacterial infections and is available as generic. However, it can cause damage to your tendons, and make your skin more sensitive to the sun.

    • Available dosage forms:
    • Pill
    • Liquid
  • 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%
  • ceftriaxone: 9%
0 of 100

At this end, no one is expected to have Diarrhea

100 of 100

At this end, almost everyone is expected to have Diarrhea

Tips, success stories, and coping strategies for Pneumonia

What tip would you give someone like me who was just diagnosed?

No tips yet for this condition, leave a tip!

What’s your best coping strategy?

No tips yet for this condition, leave a tip!

Besides medications, what else has worked for you?

No tips yet for this condition, leave a tip!