What is the inpatient empiric therapy regimen of community-acquired pneumonia (CAP)?

Updated: Oct 28, 2019
  • Author: Fariba M Donovan, MD, PhD; Chief Editor: Thomas E Herchline, MD  more...
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See the list below:

  • Levofloxacin 750 mg IV or PO q24h or
  • Moxifloxacin 400 mg IV or PO q24h or
  • Combination of a beta-lactam (ceftriaxone 1 g IV q24h or  cefotaxime 1 g IV q8h or  ceftaroline 600 mg IV q12h) plus azithromycin 500 mg IV q24h

Duration of therapy: minimum of 5 days, should be afebrile for 48-72 hours, stable blood pressure, adequate oral intake, and room air oxygen saturation of greater than 90%; longer duration may be needed in some cases

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