Pneumonia - Treatment

At one time, many cases of pneumonia were fatal. The discovery of antibiotics changed that. Today, many cases of bacterial pneumonia can be cured. Antibiotics are given as soon as the infection is diagnosed.

Viral pneumonia is more difficult to cure. There are not many drugs that kill viruses. Amantadine (pronounced uh-man-tu-deen, trade name Symmetrel) and acyclovir (pronounced a-SI-kloh-veer) are two exceptions. They are sometimes helpful in treating some forms of viral pneumonia.

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