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What are the best antibiotics for pneumonia?

Medically reviewed by Drugs.com. Last updated on Oct 10, 2019.

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by Drugs.com

Many different types of antibiotics can be used to treat community-acquired pneumonia. Your doctor will select the most appropriate antibiotic based on your infection and other medical conditions, the patterns of local antibiotic resistance, cost, and other patient-specific characteristics such as your age, weight, allergies, and previous antibiotic treatment.

First-line antibiotics that might be selected include the macrolide antibiotics azithromycin (Zithromax) or clarithromycin (Biaxin XL); or the tetracycline known as doxycycline.

Other appropriate antibiotics may include the fluoroquinolone antibiotics such as levofloxacin (Levaquin); or combined therapy of a beta-lactam such as amoxicillin or amoxicillin/clavulanate (Augmentin) with a macrolide antibiotic.

See also: Medications to treat pneumonia

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