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My doctor called in a prescription of Bactrim 800 mg once a day for 6 months. what would that be prescribed for that long of a period?
by Tanya Billiot in USA, 01/10/2009
I am now taking Bactrim ds 800-160 for a sinue infection, my question is can I take aspirin while taking this drug?
by B J BIrr in Ohio, 06/10/2009
What is Bactrim given for. I have some in my medicine cabinet, but forgot what it is for.
by Danny M in Fort Towson, Oklahoma, 05/27/2006
i was just wondering if bactrim increases vaginal discharge. I had more discharge than normal yesturday which was the 10th day after starting bactrim. I had a urinary tract infection and took bactrim for 3 days, 2 pills a day. I started the bactrim on...
by Linsey in USA, 03/07/2006
I have been taking Bactrim/SMZ/TMP to stop consistant urinary tract infections for the past 4 months. It works great..no problems. But...the first three prescriptions of regular strength were very reasonable in price. This month I found the price more...
by Carole K in Atlanrta, GA, 12/04/2005
Bactrim (Oral) Drug and Prescription Information
Bactrim (Oral) Medication Classification
TRIMETHOPRIM/SULFAMETHOXAZOLE (By mouth)
Bactrim (Oral) Brandname
Septra DS, Bactrim, Septra, Bactrim DS, SMZ-TMP, Sulfatrim, Sulfatrim Pediatric
Bactrim (Oral) is used for the Treatment
Sulfamethoxazole (sul-fa-meth-OX-a-zole), Trimethoprim (trye-METH-oh-prim) Treats or prevents infections. This medicine is a "sulfa drug" (sulfonamide).
When To Not Use Bactrim (Oral)
You should not use this medicine if you have had an allergic reaction to trimethoprim, sulfamethoxazole, or any sulfa drug. Do not use this medicine if you are pregnant or breast feeding, or in some situations if you have severe liver or kidney problems. You should not use this medicine if you have anemia (a problem with your blood) caused by not having enough folic acid in your body. This medicine should not be given to infants under 2 months of age.
How Should You Use Bactrim (Oral)
- Your doctor will tell you how much of this medicine to use and how often. Do not use more medicine or use it more often than your doctor tells you to.
- Measure the oral liquid medicine with a marked measuring spoon, oral syringe, or medicine cup.
- Drink extra fluids so you will pass more urine while you are using this medicine. This will keep your kidneys working well and help prevent kidney problems.
- Keep using this medicine for the full treatment time, even if you feel better after the first few doses. Your infection may not clear up if you stop using the medicine too soon. If a dose is missed:
- If you miss a dose or forget to use your medicine, use it as soon as you can. If it is almost time for your next dose, wait until then to use the medicine and skip the missed dose. Do not use extra medicine to make up for a missed dose.
Proper Bactrim (Oral) Storage
Store Bactrim (Oral) at room temperature away from sunlight and moisture unless otherwise stated by manufacturer's instructions or labelling. Keep Bactrim (Oral) and all medications out of the reach of children.
What To Avoid While Using Bactrim (Oral)
Ask your doctor or pharmacist before using any other medicine, including over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products.
- Make sure your doctor knows if you are also using a diuretic or "water pill" (such as hydrochlorothiazide, Aldactazide®, Dyazide®, Hyzaar®, Maxzide®, Moduretic®), a blood thinner such as warfarin (Coumadin®), methotrexate (Rheumatrex®, Trexal®), digoxin (Lanoxin®), or indomethacin (Indocin®).
- If you are using medicine to treat depression, kidney transplant, seizures, or diabetes, tell your doctor. Some medicines that treat depression are amitriptyline, nortriptyline, Norpramin®, Vivactil®. Kidney transplants are often treated with cyclosporine (Sandimmune®, Neoral®). Seizures are often treated with phenytoin (Dilantin®). Some medicines that treat diabetes are glipizide, glyburide, metformin, Actos®, Avandia®, Glucotrol®, Glucophage®, Glucovance®. Tell your doctor if you are using any medicine to prevent malaria, such as pyrimethamine (Daraprim®).
- Tell your doctor if you drink alcohol on a regular basis.
Bactrim (Oral) Warnings
- Make sure your doctor knows if you have kidney disease, liver disease, G6PD deficiency, porphyria, or thyroid problems. Tell your doctor if you have asthma or severe allergies, especially if you are allergic to any medicines. It is important for your doctor to know if you have HIV or AIDS, because this medicine might work differently.
- Very rarely, this medicine has caused severe side effects. If you start to have a skin rash, or if you think you are having a severe reaction, stop taking this medicine and call your doctor right away. Symptoms of a severe reaction include a sore throat, fever, muscle pain, cough, and trouble breathing. Other symptoms are a skin rash, or the color of your skin turning very pale or yellow, or having purple spots.
- This medicine may make your skin more sensitive to sunlight. Use a sunscreen when you are outdoors. Avoid sunlamps and tanning beds.
- Your doctor might need to check your blood or urine at regular visits while you are using this medicine. Be sure to keep all appointments.
- Make sure any doctor or dentist who treats you knows that you are using this medicine. This medicine may affect the results of certain medical tests.
Bactrim (Oral) Side Effects
Call your doctor right away if you notice any of these side effects:
- Allergic reaction: Itching or hives, swelling in your face or hands, swelling or tingling in your mouth or throat, chest tightness, trouble breathing.
- Blistering, peeling, red skin rash.
- Confusion, weakness.
- Diarrhea or severe stomach pain, cramps, or bloating.
- Muscle twitching.
- Severe nausea, vomiting, dizziness, or headache.
- Unusual bleeding or bruising.
- Unusual tiredness or weakness.
- Uneven heartbeat, shortness of breath, or numbness or tingling in your hands, feet, or lips. If you notice these less serious side effects, talk with your doctor:
- Mild nausea, vomiting, loss of appetite.