Antibiotics for treating pneumonia outside hospital
Citation: Pakhale S, Mulpuru S, Verheij TJM, et al. Antibiotics for community-acquired pneumonia in adult outpatients. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2014; (10): CD002109
What is this? Some patients with COVID-19 will develop pneumonia, which can become a serious and life-threatening illness. Antibiotics might be used to treat it outside hospital.
In this Cochrane systematic review, the authors searched for randomized trials comparing antibiotic regimens (or antibiotics versus placebo) for patients over 12 years of age with pneumonia, being treated outside hospital. They restricted their search to studies published in peer-reviewed journals but did not restrict by language. They did their searches in March 2014. They included 11 trials (3352 participants) comparing different antibiotics and no studies of antibiotics versus placebo.
What works: Nothing noted.
What doesn’t work: Nothing noted.
What’s uncertain: The included studies do not reveal significant differences in efficacy between various antibiotics when used to treat pneumonia outside hospital, but it is uncertain which regimen is most effective.
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