What is Pneumonia?

Pneumonia is an infection of the lungs caused by bacteria or viruses. Symptoms include cough, fever, shortness of breath, chest pain, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, and fatigue.

Vaccinations are available for pneumonia. Common drug classes used to treat pneumonia are antiprotozoals, mucolytics, penicillin antibiotics, penicillin antibiotic / beta lactamase inhibitor combinations, quinolone antibiotics, tetracycline antibiotics, macrolide antibiotics, lincosamide antibiotics, penem antibiotics, cephalosporin antibiotics, ketolide antibiotics, antifolate / sulfa antibiotic combinations, and oxazolidinone antibiotics.

Savings Tips for Pneumonia

  • When Do I Need Pneumonia Vaccines?

    July 19, 2016

    Strep pneumonia also known as pneumococcal pneumonia is a major cause of bacterial pneumonia in adults. There are 90 different strains (serotypes) of strep pneumonia, and even if you’ve had one type, you are only immune to that one type again.

    Because your immune response is specific to that type, you still need a vaccine to help you out. Two in fact. Two vaccines that cover 23 different serotypes (aka strains) of pneumococcal pneumonia. See More

  • Do I Need Two Pneumonia Vaccines?

    December 23, 2014

    Yes, if you are over 65 you do. These recommendations changed in the United States in September 2014 and I would call them a sweeping change. Pneumococcal vaccines don’t protect you from ALL pneumonia but they do protect you from Strep pneumococcal infections including pneumonia and meningitis which remain an important source of illness and even death among older adults.

    What’s new? For all adults ≥ 65 years of age, there are two recommend pneumococcal vaccinations (booster shots). See More

  • Pneumonia: Do You Need the Vaccine This Year?

    October 08, 2014

    If you have had pneumonia then you know that you NEVER want to get it again. Pneumonia can put even a healthy adult down and out quicker than most infections. If you or someone you know is at high-risk for pneumonia, getting a pneumonia vaccine with your seasonal flu shot can help improve your chance of remaining healthy this year.

    First, what is pneumonia?

    Pneumonia is an infection of the lungs. It can be due to a virus, bacteria, or fungi, and can cause inflammation in the air sacs of one or both lungs. See More

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Popular Pneumonia Drugs

Popularity Drug Name Drug Class Price
Macrolide Antibiotics 10 See Prices
Antifolate / Sulfa Antibiotic Combinations 8 See Prices
Antifolate / Sulfa Antibiotic Combinations 8 See Prices
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Note: Popularity is based on total prescriptions for the brand and generic versions of each drug, regardless of the condition being treated. Some drugs are prescribed for multiple conditions.

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