When are parenteral agents indicated in the treatment of bacterial pneumonia?

Updated: Sep 30, 2020
  • Author: Justina Gamache, MD; Chief Editor: Guy W Soo Hoo, MD, MPH  more...
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Patients who have moderate clinical impairment or comorbid illnesses are best treated with parenteral agents and, unless a particular agent is strongly suspected, broad coverage should be afforded. Regimens for this use include a macrolide plus a second- or third-generation cephalosporin, (as single agents) ampicillin and sulbactam (Unasyn), piperacillin and tazobactam (Zosyn), or ticarcillin and clavulanate (Timentin).


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