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      Category : Health Centers > Respiratory System (Lungs and Breathing)

Pneumocystis Carinii Pneumonia

Alternate Names : PCP

Pneumocystis Carinii Pneumonia | Symptoms & Signs | Diagnosis & Tests | Prevention & Expectations | Treatment & Monitoring

What are the treatments for the infection?

Trimethoprim sulfamethoxazole is the antibiotic most commonly used to treat or prevent PCP. Corticosteroids such as prednisone are often used to help lessen inflammation and other symptoms of PCP.

What are the side effects of the treatments?

The most common side effects of trimethoprim-sulfamethoxazole are upset stomach, rash, and increased sensitivity to natural or artificial sunlight.

What happens after treatment for the infection?

Most people who have PCP have weak immune systems. Even after completing treatment, they need to continue taking preventive antibiotics to keep PCP from recurring.

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Author: Danielle Zerr, MD
Reviewer: Adam Brochert, MD
Date Reviewed: 06/26/01

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