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Medications for Aspiration Pneumonia

Other names: Anaerobic Pneumonia; Aspiration of vomitus; Aspiration Pneumonitis; Chemical Pneumonitis; Necrotizing Pneumonia

Aspiration pneumonia is an inflammation of the lungs and bronchial tubes caused by inhaling foreign material, usually food, drink, vomit, or secretions from the mouth into the lungs. This may progress to form a collection of pus in the lungs (lung abscess).

Drugs used to treat Aspiration Pneumonia

The following list of medications are in some way related to or used in the treatment of this condition.

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Drug name Rating Reviews Activity ? Rx/OTC Pregnancy CSA Alcohol
prednisone 4.0 1 review for prednisone to treat Aspiration Pneumonia
Rx C N
Generic name:
prednisone systemic
Drug class:
glucocorticoids
For consumers:
dosage, interactions, side effects
For professionals:
AHFS DI Monograph, Prescribing Information
Augmentin 1.0 1 review for Augmentin to treat Aspiration Pneumonia
Rx B N
Generic name:
amoxicillin / clavulanate systemic
Drug class:
beta-lactamase inhibitors
For consumers:
dosage, interactions, side effects
For professionals:
Prescribing Information
amoxicillin / clavulanate 5.5 2 reviews for amoxicillin / clavulanate to treat Aspiration Pneumonia
Rx B N
Generic name:
amoxicillin / clavulanate systemic
Brand names:
Augmentin, Augmentin XR, Amoclan
Drug class:
beta-lactamase inhibitors
For consumers:
dosage, interactions, side effects
For professionals:
AHFS DI Monograph, Prescribing Information
clindamycin 10 1 review for clindamycin to treat Aspiration Pneumonia
Rx B N
Generic name:
clindamycin systemic
Brand names:
Cleocin, Cleocin HCl, Cleocin Pediatric, Cleocin Phosphate
Drug class:
lincomycin derivatives
For consumers:
dosage, interactions, side effects
For professionals:
AHFS DI Monograph, Prescribing Information
metronidazole Rate Add review
Rx B N X
Generic name:
metronidazole systemic
Brand names:
Flagyl, Flagyl IV, Flagyl 375, Likmez
Drug class:
amebicides, miscellaneous antibiotics
For consumers:
dosage, interactions, side effects
For professionals:
AHFS DI Monograph, Prescribing Information
dexamethasone Rate Add review
Rx C N
Generic name:
dexamethasone systemic
Brand names:
Dexamethasone Intensol, De-Sone LA, Dxevo, HiDex
Drug class:
glucocorticoids
For consumers:
dosage, interactions, side effects
For professionals:
AHFS DI Monograph, Prescribing Information
Flagyl Rate Add review
Rx B N X
Generic name:
metronidazole systemic
Drug class:
amebicides, miscellaneous antibiotics
For consumers:
dosage, interactions, side effects
For professionals:
Prescribing Information
lansoprazole Off-label 3.0 2 reviews for lansoprazole to treat Aspiration Pneumonia
Rx/OTC B N
Generic name:
lansoprazole systemic
Brand names:
Prevacid, Prevacid OTC, Prevacid SoluTab
Drug class:
proton pump inhibitors
For consumers:
dosage, interactions, side effects
For professionals:
AHFS DI Monograph, Prescribing Information
Off-label:
Yes
Prevacid Off-label Rate Add review
Rx B N
Generic name:
lansoprazole systemic
Drug class:
proton pump inhibitors
For consumers:
dosage, interactions, side effects
For professionals:
Prescribing Information
Off-label:
Yes
Zosyn Rate Add review
Rx B N
Generic name:
piperacillin / tazobactam systemic
Drug class:
beta-lactamase inhibitors
For consumers:
dosage, interactions, side effects
For professionals:
Prescribing Information
Cleocin Rate Add review
Rx B N
Generic name:
clindamycin systemic
Drug class:
lincomycin derivatives
For consumers:
dosage, interactions, side effects
For professionals:
Prescribing Information
piperacillin / tazobactam Rate Add review
Rx B N
Generic name:
piperacillin / tazobactam systemic
Brand name:
Zosyn
Drug class:
beta-lactamase inhibitors
For consumers:
dosage, interactions, side effects
For professionals:
AHFS DI Monograph, Prescribing Information
ampicillin / sulbactam Rate Add review
Rx B N
Generic name:
ampicillin / sulbactam systemic
Brand name:
Unasyn
Drug class:
beta-lactamase inhibitors
For consumers:
dosage, interactions, side effects
For professionals:
AHFS DI Monograph, Prescribing Information
Augmentin XR Rate Add review
Rx B N
Generic name:
amoxicillin / clavulanate systemic
Drug class:
beta-lactamase inhibitors
For consumers:
dosage, interactions, side effects
For professionals:
Prescribing Information
cefoxitin Rate Add review
Rx B N
Generic name:
cefoxitin systemic
Drug class:
second generation cephalosporins
For consumers:
dosage, interactions, side effects
For professionals:
AHFS DI Monograph, Prescribing Information
Dexamethasone Intensol Rate Add review
Rx C N
Generic name:
dexamethasone systemic
Drug class:
glucocorticoids
For consumers:
dosage, interactions, side effects
Unasyn Rate Add review
Rx B N
Generic name:
ampicillin / sulbactam systemic
Drug class:
beta-lactamase inhibitors
For consumers:
dosage, interactions, side effects
For professionals:
Prescribing Information
Amoclan Rate Add review
Rx B N
Generic name:
amoxicillin / clavulanate systemic
Drug class:
beta-lactamase inhibitors
For consumers:
dosage, interactions, side effects
For professionals:
Prescribing Information
cilastatin / imipenem Rate Add review
Rx C N
Generic name:
cilastatin / imipenem systemic
Brand name:
Primaxin IV
Drug class:
carbapenems
For consumers:
dosage, interactions, side effects
For professionals:
AHFS DI Monograph, Prescribing Information
Flagyl IV Rate Add review
Rx B N X
Generic name:
metronidazole systemic
Drug class:
amebicides, miscellaneous antibiotics
For consumers:
dosage, interactions, side effects
Flagyl 375 Rate Add review
Rx B N X
Generic name:
metronidazole systemic
Drug class:
amebicides, miscellaneous antibiotics
For consumers:
dosage, interactions, side effects
For professionals:
Prescribing Information
Cleocin HCl Rate Add review
Rx B N
Generic name:
clindamycin systemic
Drug class:
lincomycin derivatives
For consumers:
dosage, interactions, side effects
Cleocin Pediatric Rate Add review
Rx B N
Generic name:
clindamycin systemic
Drug class:
lincomycin derivatives
For consumers:
dosage, interactions, side effects
For professionals:
Prescribing Information
Cleocin Phosphate Rate Add review
Rx B N
Generic name:
clindamycin systemic
Drug class:
lincomycin derivatives
For consumers:
dosage, interactions, side effects
For professionals:
Prescribing Information
De-Sone LA Rate Add review
Rx C N
Generic name:
dexamethasone systemic
Drug class:
glucocorticoids
For consumers:
dosage, interactions, side effects

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Rating For ratings, users were asked how effective they found the medicine while considering positive/adverse effects and ease of use (1 = not effective, 10 = most effective).
Activity Activity is based on recent site visitor activity relative to other medications in the list.
Rx Prescription only.
OTC Over-the-counter.
Rx/OTC Prescription or Over-the-counter.
Off-label This medication may not be approved by the FDA for the treatment of this condition.
EUA An Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) allows the FDA to authorize unapproved medical products or unapproved uses of approved medical products to be used in a declared public health emergency when there are no adequate, approved, and available alternatives.
Expanded Access Expanded Access is a potential pathway for a patient with a serious or immediately life-threatening disease or condition to gain access to an investigational medical product (drug, biologic, or medical device) for treatment outside of clinical trials when no comparable or satisfactory alternative therapy options are available.
Pregnancy Category
A Adequate and well-controlled studies have failed to demonstrate a risk to the fetus in the first trimester of pregnancy (and there is no evidence of risk in later trimesters).
B Animal reproduction studies have failed to demonstrate a risk to the fetus and there are no adequate and well-controlled studies in pregnant women.
C Animal reproduction studies have shown an adverse effect on the fetus and there are no adequate and well-controlled studies in humans, but potential benefits may warrant use in pregnant women despite potential risks.
D There is positive evidence of human fetal risk based on adverse reaction data from investigational or marketing experience or studies in humans, but potential benefits may warrant use in pregnant women despite potential risks.
X Studies in animals or humans have demonstrated fetal abnormalities and/or there is positive evidence of human fetal risk based on adverse reaction data from investigational or marketing experience, and the risks involved in use in pregnant women clearly outweigh potential benefits.
N FDA has not classified the drug.
Controlled Substances Act (CSA) Schedule
M The drug has multiple schedules. The schedule may depend on the exact dosage form or strength of the medication.
U CSA Schedule is unknown.
N Is not subject to the Controlled Substances Act.
1 Has a high potential for abuse. Has no currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States. There is a lack of accepted safety for use under medical supervision.
2 Has a high potential for abuse. Has a currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States or a currently accepted medical use with severe restrictions. Abuse may lead to severe psychological or physical dependence.
3 Has a potential for abuse less than those in schedules 1 and 2. Has a currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States. Abuse may lead to moderate or low physical dependence or high psychological dependence.
4 Has a low potential for abuse relative to those in schedule 3. It has a currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States. Abuse may lead to limited physical dependence or psychological dependence relative to those in schedule 3.
5 Has a low potential for abuse relative to those in schedule 4. Has a currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States. Abuse may lead to limited physical dependence or psychological dependence relative to those in schedule 4.
Alcohol
X Interacts with Alcohol.

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