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Pneumonia and Azithromycin

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Pneumonia Symptoms and Causes

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 vary from mild to severe. See your doctor promptly if you

  • Have a high fever
  • Have shaking chills
  • Have a cough with phlegm that doesn't improve or gets worse
  • Develop shortness of breath with normal daily activities
  • Have chest pain when you breathe or cough
  • Feel suddenly worse after a cold or the flu

Your doctor will use your medical history, a physical exam, and lab tests to diagnose Pneumonia. Treatment depends on what kind you have. If bacteria are the cause, antibiotics should help. If you have viral Pneumonia, your doctor may prescribe an antiviral medicine to treat it.

Preventing Pneumonia is always better than treating it. Vaccines are available to prevent pneumococcal Pneumonia and the flu. Other preventive measures include washing your hands frequently and not smoking.

NIH: National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute

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Recent Reviews

I am sorry you are in pain. But did you not just say you have Pneumonia!? I think that life threatening infection is worse than the diarrhea dont you?

A doctor subscribed this medication to me for a flu. On the 3rd day I had soft tissue blisters in my nose and my nose was swollen. Also my glands under my neck/jaw were sore. The 4th day my checks and jaws also swole up. *DONT_KNOW*

A week after finish the course of 5 day treatment. Itchy red rash developing all over my legs, very itchy. Wonder if I need to go back to my doctor.

Dear, Kindly ref my earlier post on 21/9/10. After 35 days of medication against side effects of azithromycin from different doctors, finally at the end of september 20

Definitely seems to cause a very down mood! Why don't they know this?

Diarrhea after eating. Bad headaches.

Elizabeth, I lost my sense of smell and my taste too. That was 3rd of May 2011. It is 8th of August and I still havent got it back yet. Have you got yours back yet?

Extreme sensitivity of joints experienced - especially hip, knee, ankle - which has effectively rendered walking painful and difficult. Suspicion of impact on tendons, sharp pain around shoulder blades on certain habitual movements, pressur

Got into a deep depression in 96 after taking zithromax and again in 2007 after the same medication. It started with major panick attacks and anxiety and just got worse. The first time I did not think the medication caused it but when it happened the

Hello my cat has a gurgling going on in his chest?

I am sorry you are in pain. But did you not just say you have Pneumonia!? I think that life threatening infection is worse than the diarrhea dont you?

I just wanted to share that on Sunday night I had a very horrible experience with Delsyn brand cough syrup. I had vivid and terrifying hallucinations after taking it. I am not on other meds except anti-biotics for pneumonia and only t

Background: 55 yr old female, never sick exc for rare cold. No meds (perhaps 10 NSAIDS per year for hormonally related headache). Got the flu before my flu shot kicked in...kids ok, my flu turned to pneumonia. Can't take PCNs. No other allergies or

Extreme muscle pain in legs, shoulders, neck and back. already had fibromyalgia and this was worse than any pain had previous to taking simvastatin. I was on it a yr. I had chonic insomnia, chest pain like pneumonia, so tired couldn't hardly move. co

Had been taking coversyl 10mg for a couple of years Had flu like symptoms for last 3 months with dry cough, then got chest pain/shortness of breath. Hospitalised pneumonia in both lungs, a PE and the pain was from pleurisy. Stopped coversyl after see

Hi am a nursing student and my pt has pneumonia and pleural effusion and empyema withlarge abcessand the hostpital is giving him perfalgan is that wrong?

I am a 95yr old male with Age related macular degeneration,the worst diagnosis,sight is extremely limited,hard of hearing,and prone to frequent bouts of recurring pneumonia,in the winter,and usually have ended up in hospital.Other than that I have s

I am a pediatric RN. My son was put on Omnicef after being given Rocephin (1.5gm) for pneumonia. He has been on it before for other things, and each time we've had the same two problems. Extreme sleepiness, and severe aggitation. Yelling, r

I am currently taking Azithromycin - 5 day dose.. started Friday, 8/20 for pneumonia, Sunday shortly after dinner the diarrhea started - HOLY COW.. talk about immense pain anddiscomfort!! Thesame happened Monday night after dinner

I had a ct scan that showed I have an pneumonia I did X-ray and it was negative no pneumonia

Pneumonia Clinical Trials and Studies

Treatments might be new drugs or new combinations of drugs, new surgical procedures or devices, or new ways to use existing treatments. The goal of clinical trials is to determine if a new test or treatment works and is safe. Clinical trials can also look at other aspects of care, such as improving the quality of life for people with chronic illnesses. People participate in clinical trials for a variety of reasons. Healthy volunteers say they participate to help others and to contribute to moving science forward. Participants with an illness or disease also participate to help others, but also to possibly receive the newest treatment and to have the additional care and attention from the clinical trial staff.