Cefazolin vs Penicillin: Treatment of Uncomplicated Pneumococcal Pneumonia

Stephen G. Jenkinson, Ronald B. George, Richard W. Light, William M. Girard

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Cefazolin sodium, 500 mg intramuscularly twice daily, was compared with penicillin G procaine, 600,000 units intramuscularly twice daily, in the treatment of 82 patients with pneumococcal pneumonia. Patients were randomly assigned except when there was a history of penicillin allergy. The patients received treatment for five days or until they were afebrile for 48 hours. No patients experienced side effects or allergic reactions. All patients recovered satisfactorily without relapses. Cefazolin in the previously described dosage is as effective as penicillin in the treatment of pneumococcal pneumonia. (JAMA 241:2815-2817, 1979).

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2815-2817
Number of pages3
JournalJAMA: The Journal of the American Medical Association
Issue number26
StatePublished - Jun 29 1979
Externally publishedYes

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