Pneumocystis carinii pneumonia


i am a bit confused. Pneumocystis carinii pneumonia is casued by

yeast-like fungus Pneumocystis jirovecii, however the treatment includes antibiotics. i always thought antibiotics only treated bacteria, not fungus.


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Its classified as anti-infective/antiprotozoal in my Davis Drug Guide. This does a good job of explaining how TMP-SMX works. Apparently antifungals don't work on PCP. It looks like some are used as adjuvant therapy, but unable to treat the infection on its own. Just a quick Google search. Trimethoprim/sulfamethoxazole - an overview | ScienceDirect Topics