What is the preferred monotherapy for community-acquired pneumonia (CAP)?

Updated: Oct 31, 2019
  • Author: Stephanie L Baer, MD; Chief Editor: Michael Stuart Bronze, MD  more...
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Preferred monotherapy for mild or outpatient CAP includes a macrolide, amoxicillin, or doxycycline. For patients with an increased risk of resistance or with numerous comorbidities, monotherapy options include respiratory quinolone. Prior to the use of a fluoroquinolone, an assessment of contraindications and risk of adverse effects should be performed.


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