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can amoxicillin help with walking pneumonia?

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Dr. Gerald Mandell
52 years experience Nuclear Medicine
Not really: The organism mycoplasma is not sensitive to amoxicillin.These organisms are resistant to the effects of penicillins and other beta-lactam antibiotics, which act by disrupting the bacterial cell wall. Mycoplasma does not have this type of cell wall. Antibiotics with activity against these organisms include certain macrolides (erythromycin, azithromycin, clarithromycin), .
Answered on Apr 24, 2018
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Dr. Michael Ein
48 years experience Infectious Disease
Depends: It depends on the cause of the pneumonia. A penicillin sensitive strain of s. Pneumoniae could be effectively treated with amoxicillin. You list "atypical pneumonia" which is caused by legionella, mycoplasma, chlamydophilia, q fever etc. All of which are resistant to amoxicillin.
Answered on Apr 24, 2018

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