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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

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Doc gave me Bactrim (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim) for a large spider bite? 8" round. I am very allergic to many antibiotics and afraid to take it. How dangerous is Bactrim (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim)?

Doc gave me Bactrim (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim) for a large spider bite? 8" round. I am very allergic to many antibiotics and afraid to take it. How dangerous is Bactrim (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim)?

Bactrim (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim): Has been used for decades but there are people who are allergic. No one knows if you are one of them. Here is my question, why didn't you discuss this at the time with your prescribing physician? Personally, I'd be more concerned about my 8 " spider bite. ...Read more

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Bactrim (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim) have any negative effect?

Yes: There are many potential side effects and toxicities from bactrim (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim). Most common would be nausea, vomiting, diarrhea and various skin rashes. Bone marrow, liver and renal toxicity can also occur. That being said, most patients tolerate this drug combination with little or no difficulty. ...Read more

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Is really bad backache a possible side effect of bactrim (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim)?

Is really bad backache a possible side effect of bactrim (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim)?

???: Possible- anything is when it comes to medication side effects. Likely the cause? Probably not. ...Read more

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Side effects of bactrim (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim) well after I've stopped using it?

Side effects of bactrim (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim) well after I've stopped using it?

Side effects: Please specify what side effects you are experiencing so we can better answer your question. ...Read more

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How long does it take for bactrim (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim) to leave your system?

How long does it take for bactrim (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim) to leave your system?

5 days: The half life of sulfa and trimethoprim vary from 10 to 20 hours. 5 half lives for almost complete elimination so 50 to 100 hours. ...Read more

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How long does the skin rash last from bactrim (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim)?

How long does the skin rash last from bactrim (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim)?

Depends: Depends how severe the skin reaction was and if blisters were present or not, it may take up to 3 weeks until it clears. If you have the type of skin that scars easily, the marks may stay even longer. ...Read more

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How long do the pain last with a UTI while taken bactrim (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim) been taking the meds for 4 days now.?

How long do the pain last with a UTI while taken bactrim (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim) been taking the meds for 4 days now.?

Depends: Typically I would expect that your pain and infection should be cleared by now unless you have risk factors to make them last longer. Your infection might be resistant to the medication and you should contact your physician to have a further evaluation. ...Read more

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What should I do for my severe flank pain? I have had recurrent uti's for years so they put me on bactrim for the rest of my life. Anyway I have a ureter that drains my kidney slow which has resulted in hydronephrosis. I have been having severe pain in my

What should I do for my severe flank pain? I have had recurrent uti's for years so they put me on bactrim for the rest of my life. Anyway I have a ureter that drains my kidney slow which has resulted in hydronephrosis. I have been having severe pain in my

Consult urologist: Or get 2nd opinion by experienced reconstructive urolologist if u have already seen one. Hydronephrosis & slow kidney drainage suggest obstruction at junction of kidney pelvis & ureter, or at lower end where ureter drains into bladder. Obstruction at either end can & should be corrected surgically because u have combination of symptomatic obstruction & infections which has/will cause kidney damage. ...Read more

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Can sulfa antibiotics ie. Bactrim (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim) affect oral birth control?

Can sulfa antibiotics ie. Bactrim (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim) affect oral birth control?

Yes: Any antibiotic can cause absorption issues with ocp's and render them ineffective. One should always ask about medications use with ocp's and the medication's effect on the ocp. If in doubt, use a back up method (comdon, foam, film etc) and talk to your pcp/gyn about it. Don't risk it! The price may be too high to pay! ...Read more

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Are there any interactions between bactrim (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim) and olive leaf extract? Or can I take them simultaneously? Also, Bactrim (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim) & garlic extract/monoluarin?

Are there any interactions between bactrim (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim) and olive leaf extract? Or can I take them simultaneously? Also, Bactrim (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim) & garlic extract/monoluarin?

Most important thing: You must know when taking Bactrim (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim) is that it can form crystals in your kidneys if you don't hydrate enough. So taking larges amount of filtered water to protect your kidneys is paramount. Olive leaf extract which is the heart of the mediterranean diet should not pose a problem, but it's always good to take your supplements separately from your medications in general. You can take UR supplements. ...Read more

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Is there another drug combination for diverticulitis besides Flagel? I am also taking Bactrim due to allergies to Cipro, (ciprofloxacin) Keflex and Penecillin.

Is there another drug combination for diverticulitis besides Flagel? I am also taking Bactrim due to allergies to Cipro, (ciprofloxacin) Keflex and Penecillin.

Antibiotic allergies: You need the help of an ID doctor-since they are experts in antibiotics. First, I would want to 'define' ur allergies further-because sometimes a patient is labeled as 'allergic' & they aren't really allergic at all. That is really important. If ur truly allergic to penicillin, cephalosporins & cipro (ciprofloxacin) which is a fluoroquinolone, ur options are quite limited for oral therapy. Doxycycline might help. ...Read more

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What are the effects of a bactrim (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim) overdose?

What are the effects of a bactrim (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim) overdose?

BACTRIM (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim) OVERDOSE: The symptoms of Bactrim (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim) overdose depends on dosage and over how long period it was taken. It contains sulphamethazole, which can cause nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, pain in abdomen, dizziness, jaundice and trimethoprin causes nausea, headache and vomiting, confusion and bone marrow suppresion
treatment involves pumping the stomach, supportive care, IV fluids and treatment of complications if they arise. ...Read more

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How much time would it take for a reaction to bactrim (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim) develop?

How much time would it take for a reaction to bactrim (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim) develop?

Drug allergy: Most reactions to medications develop fairly soon after starting the medication. A reaction may occur almost immediately, or after a few days, and sometimes may occur even after you have completed the course of the medication. Usually, you will know while taking it that you have a problem. ...Read more

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I'm on bactrim and everytime I smoke it makes me feel really nauseous, should I quit while I'm taking the medication?

I'm on bactrim and everytime I smoke it makes me feel really nauseous, should I quit while I'm taking the medication?

Good question: Your question should be, what is more important, your health or your need to smoke. This symptom of nausea is a wake up call TO STOP SMOKING forever and continue to take the Bactrim to rid yourself of the infection. I know it can be hard to stop smoking, but as is said the journey of a long life starts with the first step and that step is to stop smoking to avoid cancer & lung disease. ...Read more

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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