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Bactrim (Overview)

Trimethoprim and sulfamethoxazole, cotrimoxazole is a combination antibiotic that is used to treat a variety of bacterial infections.


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What are bactrim/septra best used for?

What are bactrim/septra best used for?

See below: They are sulfa based drugs often used to treat urinary tract infections. They are also used to treat MRSA infections. ...Read more

Bactrim (Overview)

Trimethoprim and sulfamethoxazole, cotrimoxazole is a combination antibiotic that is used to treat a variety of bacterial infections.


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Please advise if it's ok to take bactrim (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim) for ten years?

Please advise if it's ok to take bactrim (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim) for ten years?

Not advisable: If you are taking it for your skin or chronic uti's discuss this with your doctor. It sounds like it is certainly time to get off it. You will at this point be drug resistent to it, . ...Read more

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I was prescribed bactrim (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim) to treat e. Coli bacteria found on vaginal culture. Readings say that bactrim (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim) is not effective to treat bv. Am i wasting time?

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I was prescribed bactrim (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim) to treat e. Coli bacteria found on vaginal culture. Readings say that bactrim (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim) is not effective to treat bv. Am i wasting time?

Maybe (not) . . .: Hmmm . . . Bv or bacterial vaginosis isn't caused by e coli nor is it treated by bactrim (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim). Best to go back to prescribing doctor for clarification & possible re-evaluation. Perhaps you were prescribed Bactrim (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim) for bladder infection (UTI) found on urine culture. ...Read more

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I have a terribly painful u.t.i. And was prescribed bactrim (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim). I think I missed my dose this a.m. and my pain is unbearable.Can I take 2 bactrim (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim) at once?

I have a terribly painful u.t.i. And was prescribed bactrim (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim). I think I missed my dose this a.m. and my pain is unbearable.Can I take 2 bactrim (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim) at once?

No.: Taking a double dose will probably not speed thing up, and you may experience more of the side effects. Take AZO (OTC) urinary pain relief to help out until the antibiotics take effect. It provides fast relief of urinary pain, burning, urgency, and frequency. Taking more fluids, like cranberry juice, may also help the symptoms. ...Read more

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I need to know what's an effective bactrim (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim) alternative?

I need to know what's an effective bactrim (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim) alternative?

Depends: ...On what is being treated? In general, clindamycin, vancomycin, or Linezolid are substitutes for skin/soft tissue infections, with more options if used for urinary or respiratory issue and not concerned about possible mrsa. ...Read more

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What can be done about my reoccurring UTI s ? Some antibiotics don't seem to work for example bactrim (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim) and suprax

What can be done about my reoccurring UTI s ? Some antibiotics don't seem to work for example bactrim (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim) and suprax

Recurring UTI: Get evaluated by a urologist. All suspected uti's from this point forward should be proven with a urine culture. This is the only way of knowing if the antibiotic selected is appropriate. ...Read more

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Went to doctor & hospital bad bladder infection worsening same symptoms. Fvr, chills, excruciating pain. Bactrim, (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim) shot, tramadol, nothing works.cryin?

Went to doctor & hospital bad bladder infection worsening same symptoms. Fvr, chills, excruciating pain. Bactrim, (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim) shot,  tramadol, nothing works.cryin?

Kidney infection: It's sounds like you may have a kidney infection (pyelonephritis). ThIs is more serious than a bladder infection since it involves the upper urinary tract. Perhaps your doctosr should consider hospilization and iv antibiotics. ...Read more

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Is it safe to take Bactrim (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim) 400-80mg 2x day for 10days after a series of Ciproflaxacin 500mg 2xday for a week? What may be serious side effects?

Is it safe to take Bactrim (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim) 400-80mg 2x day for 10days after a series of Ciproflaxacin 500mg 2xday for a week? What may be serious side effects?

Yes: If the initial choice of antibiotic , in this case Cipro, (ciprofloxacin) was not effective in eradicating the infection, is is safe to take a course of Bactrim. Be sure to stay hydrated. If you plan on being outside, make sure you avoid the sun and use sunscreen , since mant antibiotics including Bactrim can give you a rash. ...Read more