Antibiotics are medications that kill or inhibit the growth of microorganisms such as bacteria or fungi. Antibiotics work by attacking the source of the infection. Antibiotics may be prescribed in some cases of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) during exacerbations (flare-ups) if there are signs of infection.
Doxycycline, Amoxicillin, Penicillin, and Cephalosporins are examples of antibiotics that may be used to treat COPD flare-ups.
How do I take it?
Antibiotics may be taken orally or by intravenous (IV) injection.
Studies have shown that antibiotics can improve outcomes in people hospitalized with severe COPD exacerbations.
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