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What is Pneumonia

Pneumonia is an inflammation or infection of the lungs.

The lungs' air sacs fill with pus, mucus, and other liquid and can not function properly. Oxygen can not reach the blood. If there is insufficient oxygen in the blood, body cells can not function properly and may die.

Lobar pneumonia affects a section (lobe) of a lung. Bronchial pneumonia (or bronchopneumonia) affects patches throughout both lungs.

Lung Affected By Lobar Pneumonia Lung Affected By Bronchial Pneumonia
Lobar Pneumonia Bronchial Pneumonia


What causes pneumonia?

Pneumonia is not a single disease. It can have over thirty different causes.

What is The Treatment For Pneumonia

If you develop pneumonia, your chances of prompt recovery are greatest under certain conditions:

  • you are young
  • your pneumonia is diagnosed early
  • your defenses against disease are working well
  • the infection has not spread
  • you are not suffering from any other illness

Prompt treatment with antibiotics almost always cures bacterial and mycoplasma pneumonia, and a certain percentage of rickettsia cases. There is no effective treatment yet for viral pneumonia.

The drug or drugs used are determined by the germ causing the pneumonia and the judgment of the physician. The drugs lower body temperature within a day or two and produce a dramatic recovery. After temperature returns to normal, medication must be continued according to physician's instructions, otherwise the pneumonia may recur. Relapses can be far more serious than the first attack.

Besides antibiotics, patients are given supportive treatment:

  • proper diet
  • oxygen to relieve bluish cast to lips
  • medication to ease chest pain

and in the case of mycoplasma:

  • medication to help ease the violent cough

anything that can produce and maintain in the patient the best possible conditions for recovery.

A vigorous young person may lead a normal life within a week of recovery from pneumonia.
A middle-aged person, however, may require weeks before regaining accustomed strength, vigor, and feeling of well-being. Adequate rest is important to maintain progress toward full recovery and to avoid relapse.

Pneumonia medications come in various forms

•orally • intramuscular injection • 

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Products used to treat pneumonia include

AAA-Erythro Base tablets •AA-Erythro-S tablets •Act-Azithromycin tablets •Act-Ciprofloxacin tablets •Act-Clarithromycin XL tablets •Act-Levofloxacin tablets •Apo-Amoxi capsules •Apo-Amoxi Clav tablets •Apo-Amoxi sugar free suspension •Apo-Amoxi suspension •Apo-Azithromycin tablets •Apo-Cefadroxil capsules •Apo-Cefuroxime tablets •Apo-Ciproflox tablets •Apo-Clarithromycin tablets •Apo-Clarithromycin XL tablets •Apo-Clindamycin capsules •Apo-Doxy capsules •Apo-Doxy tablets •Apo-Levofloxacin tablets •Apo-Minocycline capsules •Apo-moxifloxacin tablet •Auro-Amoxicillin capsules •Auro-Cefuroxime tablets •Auro-Ciprofloxacin tablets •Auro-Clindamycin capsules •Auro-moxifloxacin •Avelox® tablets •BBiaxin BID® tablets •Biaxin® suspension •Biaxin® XL tablets •Bio-Ciprofloxacin tablets •CCeftin® suspension •Ceftin® tablets •Cipro® suspension •Cipro® tablets •Clavulin® suspension •Clavulin® tablets •Clindamycin capsules •DDalacin C® capsules •Dalacin C® suspension •Dom-Azithromycin tablets •Dom-Ciprofloxacin tablets •Dom-Clarithromycin tablets •Doxycin tablets •Doxytab tablets •EEryc® capsules •GGD-Azithromycin suspension •GD-Azithromycin tablets •JJamp-Amoxicillin capsule •Jamp-Azithromycin tablets •Jamp-Ciprofloxacin tablets •Jamp-Moxifloxacin •MMAR-Ciprofloxacin tablets •MAR-Moxifloxacin tablet •Mint-Ciprofloxacin tablets •Mylan-Amoxicillin capsules •Mylan-Ciprofloxacin tablets •Mylan-Clindamycin capsules •Mylan-Minocycline capsules •NNovamoxin capsules •Novamoxin chewable tablets •Novamoxin sugar-reduced suspension •Novamoxin suspension •Novo-Rythro Estolate suspension •PPMS-Amoxicillin capsules •PMS-Amoxicillin suspension •PMS-Azithromycin Suspension •PMS-Azithromycin tablets •PMS-Ciprofloxacin tablets •PMS-Clarithromycin tablets •PMS-Minocycline capsules •Prevnar-13® •Priva-ciprofloxacin tablet •PRO-Amox capsules •PRO-Amox suspension •PRO-Azithromycin tablets •PRO-Cefadroxil capsules •PRO-Cefuroxime tablets •PRO-Ciprofloxacin tablets •PRO-Clarithromycin tablets •PRO-Levofloxacin tablets •RRAN-Ciproflox tablets •RAN-Clarithromycin tablets •Ratio-Cefuroxime tablets •Riva-Azithromycin tablets •Riva-Ciprofloxacin tablets •Riva-Clarithromycin tablets •Riva-Clindamycin capsules •SSandoz Amoxi-clav tablets •Sandoz Azithromycin tablets •Sandoz Azithromycin Suspension •Sandoz Ciprofloxacin tablets •Sandoz Clarithromycin tablets •Sandoz Levofloxacin tablets •Sandoz Linezolid tablets •Sandoz-Moxifloxacin tablets •Sanis-Amoxicillin capsules •Sanis-Amoxicillin Suspension •Sanis-Azithromycin tablets •Sanis-Clarithromycin Suspension •Sanis-Clarithromycin tablets •Sanis-Doxycycline capsules •Sanis-Doxycycline tablets •Siv-amoxicillin capsules •Siv-amoxicillin suspension •Sivem-Azithromycin tablets •Sivem-Ciprofloxacin tablets •Sivem-Clarithromycin tablets •Sulfatrim and Sulfatrim DS tablets •Sulfatrim Pediatric tablets •TTaro-clarithromycin suspension •Teva-Azithromycin tablets •Teva-Cefadroxil capsules •Teva-Clarithromycin tablets •Teva-Clindamycin capsules •Teva-Doxycycline capsules •Teva-Doxycycline tablets •Teva-Minocycline capsules •Teva-moxifloxacin tablet •Teva-Trimel and Teva-Trimel DS tablets •Teva-Trimel suspension •ZZithromax® suspension •Zithromax® tablets •Zyvoxam® •

Active ingredients used to treat pneumonia include

aamoxicillin • azithromycin • ccefadroxil • cefuroxime axetil • ciprofloxacin • clarithromycin • clindamycin • ddoxycycline • eerythromycin • llevofloxacin • mminocycline • moxifloxacin • ppneumococcal conjugate vaccine (Pneu-C-13) • pneumococcal conjugate vaccine adsorbed (Pneu-C-10) • pneumococcal polysaccharide vaccine (Pneu-P-23) • prednisone • 

Page Last Updated: 21/02/2017