Antibiotic therapy of pneumonia in the obese patient: dosing and delivery.
Curr Opin Infect Dis. 2014 Feb 4;
Authors: Al-Dorzi HM, Al Harbi SA, Arabi YM
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Obesity has been shown to be associated with antibiotic underdosing and treatment failure. This article reviews the recent literature on antibiotic dosing in obese patients with pneumonia.
RECENT FINDINGS: Obesity is associated with several alterations in antibiotic pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics, including increases in the antibiotic volume of distribution and clearance. These alterations necessitate changes in the dosing of certain antibiotics. However, data on antibiotic dosing for pneumonia in obese patients are limited and come mainly from observational studies. Additionally, dosing recommendations are often extrapolated from healthy obese volunteers and from the studies of antibiotics given for other indications.
SUMMARY: Recognizing obesity-related pharmacokinetic and pharmacodynamic alterations is important in treating obese patients with pneumonia. Studies that evaluate such alterations and assess the impact of antibiotic dosing and delivery on the clinical outcomes of this patient population are needed.
PMID: 24504134 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]