Besides medicines, there are other things a person can do to recover from pneumonia
and to prevent complications. These include:
- Get plenty of rest (both at night and during the day if needed).
- Drink plenty of fluids. Drinking smaller amounts of fluid more often might be easier than drinking more fluids less often.
- Acetaminophen (Tylenol®) or ibuprofen (Motrin®, Advil®) can help with any pain or fever. These medicines will also help make coughing easier. Coughing is good because it will help clear the lungs of germs. Thus, cough suppressant medicine is not recommended.
All people should be seen again by their healthcare provider about four to six weeks after being diagnosed with pneumonia. This visit is important to make sure that the infection is completely cured and that you have no more problems.