Theithromycin is used to treat bacterial pneumonia. This medication is an oral antibiotic that works by killing the bacteria in the lungs that are responsible for pneumonia. It is taken for seven to ten days in order to completely eliminate bacteria from the lungs and ensure optimal health.
Patients who have myasthenia gravis should not take this medication. Telithromycin can cause muscle weakness in people with this disease; as a result, patients with myasthenia gravis may have difficulty breathing or other life-threatening symptoms if they take this medication.
This antibiotic kills enough bacteria to allow you to feel better after just a couple of days, but it’s important to take the full course of antibiotics. Otherwise, the bacteria may return. In addition, if you do not take this medication as directed or take it for other conditions that do not require its use, bacteria may develop resistance to the medication, making bacterial pneumonia harder to treat.