Bactrim DS (Oral)
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I'VE TAKEN A DAYS DOSE OF BACTRIM DS ( 2 PILLS) AND I WAS WONDERING WHEN THIS DOSE WOULD BE OUT OF MY SYSTEM? I EXPERIENCED TREMBLING, WEAKNESS, ITCHING, AND CHILLS JUST AFTER 2 PILLS. I'M NOT SURE WHEN A SMALL DOSE LIKE THIS WOULD BE CONSIDERED OUT O...
by CHERI in TORONTO, ONTARIO CANADA, 02/10/2006
After taking bactrim for 10 days without any side effects, I started having intense itching at my hands and feet, the day after I finished the medication. The bactrim was prescribed for a suspected bronchial infection, which was developing after a 2 w...
by Roy in Sacramento, California, 05/20/2007
I have been prescribed Bactrim DS for staph infection. I am having really bad stomach pain and shooting pains in my head. I am also taking Lamictal (an anticonvulsant) and Metformin (Diabtes). Could this be causing the problem? Thanks
by Diane in USA, 06/19/2006
We have a guy that is on Methotrexate and reviewing his profile is also on Bactrim DS Monday, Wednesdays and Fridays. What would be the use in this case for Bactrim to be onboard?
by Unknown, 12/20/2007
I am having an allergic reaction to Bactrim, getting a rash all over my body that has now become very itchy. I am taking Benadryl but wonder what else I can do. I have stopped taking Bactrim.
by Dennis in Staten Island, NY, 05/05/2006
Bactrim DS (Oral) Drug and Prescription Information
Bactrim DS (Oral)
Bactrim DS (Oral) Medication Classification
TRIMETHOPRIM/SULFAMETHOXAZOLE (By mouth)
Bactrim DS (Oral) Brandname
Septra DS, Bactrim, Septra, Bactrim DS, SMZ-TMP, Sulfatrim, Sulfatrim Pediatric
Bactrim DS (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 DS (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 DS (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 DS (Oral) Storage
Store Bactrim DS (Oral) at room temperature away from sunlight and moisture unless otherwise stated by manufacturer's instructions or labelling. Keep Bactrim DS (Oral) and all medications out of the reach of children.
What To Avoid While Using Bactrim DS (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 DS (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 DS (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.