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What antibiotics are used to treat chest infection

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what antibiotics are used to treat chest infection
Submitted: 8 years ago.
Category: Health
Expert:  Dr. Mark replied 8 years ago.
The answer to this is: it depends.

The best antibiotic is the one that has the least side effects, and is one that treats the specific bacteria effectively.

Often times, for the general "community acquired pneumonia", or the lung infection pneumonia -- a type of antibiotic called azithromycin, or clarithromycin is generally used.

Other antibiotics can be used for other specific situations, like hospitalized patients, or patients with cystic fibrosis, or bronchitis, etc. So the actual antibotic choice depends on a number of factors.