More Information on Factive's Indications

Using Factive for Pneumonia

Pneumonia is an infection within one or both lungs. It can be caused by bacteria, viruses, or, in rare cases, fungi or parasites. Healthcare providers separate pneumonia into different types based on where the infection occurred or on the germ that caused it. Some different types include:
 
  • Community-acquired pneumonia
  • Hospital-acquired pneumonia
  • Healthcare-associated pneumonia.
 
(Click Types of Pneumonia for more information.)
 
Factive is approved to treat mild-to-moderate, community-acquired pneumonia, which is acquired or "caught" out in the community, outside of a hospital or nursing home. The medication is specifically approved to work against the following types of bacteria:
 
  • Streptococcus pneumoniae (including multidrug-resistant strains)
  • Haemophilus influenzae
  • Moraxella catarrhalis
  • Mycoplasma pneumoniae
  • Chlamydia pneumoniae
  • Klebsiella pneumoniae.
 

How Does Factive Work?

Factive works by killing certain bacteria that cause infections. It does this by interfering with two bacterial enzymes called topoisomerase IV and DNA gyrase. These enzymes are needed by the bacteria to copy and repair DNA, important steps required for the bacteria to multiply.
 

Can Children Use It?

Factive is not approved for use in people younger than 18 years of age, as it has not been adequately studied in this age group. Like other quinolones, Factive may cause bone, joint, or tendon problems in children.
 

Can Older Adults Use It?

This medication may be used to treat infections in older adults. However, older adults may have an increased risk for certain Factive side effects, such as tendon problems (see Factive and Tendon Rupture). In addition, because kidney function declines with age and Factive is removed from the body by the kidneys, older adults may need a lower Factive dose.
 

Factive Antibiotic Information

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