Respiratory Question #49
The nurse is caring for a client with HIV who is diagnosed with pneumocystis carinii and will anticipate administering which medication?
- sulfamethoxazole (Septra)
- Zidovudine (Ritrovir).
- Nivirapine (Viramune)
Sulfamethoxazole (Septra) is the most frequently used drug for pneumocystis carinii. Other drugs such as metronidazole (Flagyl) and isethionate (Pentam) are also used; however, ampicillin is not in the antibiotic group used. The other choices are antivirals used to treat other conditions such as cytomegalovirus and herpes.