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10 day bactrim (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim) ds starting on 5/12/14.Had c diff 2 yrs ago.Bactrim (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim) again now for ear infection. Not started yet.Should I be cautious taking so soon?

10 day bactrim (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim) ds starting on 5/12/14.Had c diff 2 yrs ago.Bactrim (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim) again now for ear infection. Not started yet.Should I be cautious taking so soon?

Ear: It'd be unusual ton use bactrim (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim) for ear infections unless you have an allergy to penicillin. Always a risk for c did with antibiotics. Make sure you find out why you're being told to take bactrim (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim). Definitely take a probiotic ...Read more

Ear Infections (Definition)

There are three different types of ear infections that affect different areas of the ear. Outer ear infection (Otitis externa) affects the ear canal and the outside part of the ear. Middle ear infection (Otitis media) affects the middle ear and leads to fluid accumulation behind the ear drum. Inner ear infection (Otitis interna) is a less common inflammation of the inner ear that causes vertigo, ...Read more


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Child has ear infection put on bactrim, (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim) ciprodex infection cleared up 2 days off meds infection came back been on ciprodex 7 days still infected ?

Child has ear infection put on bactrim, (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim) ciprodex infection cleared up 2 days off meds infection came back been on ciprodex 7 days still infected ?

Repeat infections: Usually when there is a repeat infection in a patient and the previous round of antibiotics was chosen merely as a matter of "probability"....the next chosen round should be done by way of studies and culture if possible. If there is any drainage or other data available to more definitely peg the bug then, that should be the next plan otherwise, resistance may develop and healing will be delayed. ...Read more

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Hi: severe burning and itching with scabs and dandruff on scalp: clinic prescribed Bactrim Sulfameth/Tmp oral for infection but anything OTC for head?

Hi: severe burning and itching with scabs and dandruff on scalp: clinic prescribed Bactrim Sulfameth/Tmp oral for infection but anything OTC for head?

Just a: thought but you should consider seeing a Dermatologist...what you have sounds like it may be more "serious" than Dandruff..eg PSORIASIS,,,suggest you try an anti-Psoriasis SHAMPOO ..ask your Pharmacist for recommendation....

Hope this is helpful
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Which antibiotic would be best for a sinus infection? I have bactrim ds and amoxicillin 500mg

Which antibiotic would be best for a sinus infection? I have bactrim ds and amoxicillin 500mg

Neither: Actually, the most recent advice from the Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA) is that antibiotics be restricted for simple sinusitis. There are some criteria to start antibiotics, such as symptoms greater than 10 days, high severity, etc. It's best however to have all this guided by a physician. You should be monitored while on therapy - I wouldn't just take what you have on the shelf. ...Read more

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I have bactrim (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim) ds 800-160 how many should I take for a tooth infection. I know this is not usually taken 4 this type of infectionbut its all i have.

I have bactrim (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim) ds 800-160 how many should I take for a tooth infection. I know this is not usually taken 4 this type of infectionbut its all i have.

Not effective: Antibiotics treat different types of bacteria. Bactrim (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim) does not kill many of the bacteria that can cause dental abscess. It would be better to call your dentist for a prescription. This way you take the risks of side effects but it probably not work. ...Read more

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I have a sinus infection and just started Bactrim (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim) DS yesterday. I've been reading all the negative reviews. Worried about side effects. Is Bactrim (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim) ok?

I have a sinus infection and just started Bactrim (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim) DS yesterday. I've been reading all the negative reviews. Worried about side effects. Is Bactrim (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim) ok?

Usually no problem: It indeed can be alarming to read lists of drug side effects. But for Bactrim, (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim) most of them are rare and few are permanent or dangerous. The vast majority of people who take it have no probem at all. And your doctor wouldn't have prescribed it unless she believed it would be more helpful than harmful. But recheck with the doctor if you remain concerned. ...Read more

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After taking Bactrim (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim) ds twice daily for five days, last pill was this a.m. Still have burning and pain from a bladder infection. Terrible insomnia too?

After taking Bactrim (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim) ds twice daily for five days, last pill was this a.m. Still have burning and pain from a bladder infection. Terrible insomnia too?

If you still: have urinary symptoms despite a course of Bactrim (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim) DS, you might have persistent uti with resistant bacteria. Get back to your doctor. Insomnia is probably not related to Bactrim (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim). ...Read more

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Can i take Bactrim (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim) ds for tinea bacterial infection?

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Can i take Bactrim (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim) ds for tinea bacterial infection?

Kinda, sorta: Bactrim (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim) DS is brand name for sulfamethoxazole/trimethoprim, an antibiotic used to treat bacterial infections. As such, it is not used to treat tinea or fungal infections, which require antifungals, some of which are available over-the-counter (while no antibiotics are, at least not in the States). With that said, some fungal infections can become superinfected by bacteria & thus require Bactrim (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim) DS ...Read more

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Can you take bactrim (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim) ds for ingrown toenail infections?

Can you take bactrim (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim) ds for ingrown toenail infections?

Abx for ingrown nail: Yes, Bactrim (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim) (= trimetrhoprim-sulfamethoxazole) is an antibiotic, and can be taken for ingrown toenail infections. Usually, you would need to see a foot specialist/ podiatrist for treatment of the ingrown nail, but taking the antibiotic while waiting for an appointment makes a lot of sense. ...Read more

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Can kidney infection cause bloating and constipation? How long does that last? I've been taking bactrim (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim) ds for 2 1/2 days now.

Can kidney infection cause bloating and constipation? How long does that last? I've been taking bactrim (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim) ds for 2 1/2 days now.

The Bactrim (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim): Bloating is a common side effect of antibiotics, including Bactrim (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim). Constipation, diarrhea or both (alternating) are also possible. The duration of this effect is difficult to predict. The most likely mechanism is the antibiotic effect of normal gut microbiota and subsequent recolonization. ...Read more

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Will omnicef work on kidney infection? Was switched to omnicef from bactrim (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim) ds because of rash and shaking.

Will omnicef work on kidney infection? Was switched to omnicef from bactrim (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim) ds because of rash and shaking.

Probably OK, but...: Bad luck with the allergic reactions. Antibiotic effectiveness for any infection depends on the bacteria causing it and which antibiotics are active against it. If you had a positive urine culture that was tested and found susceptible to cefdinir (Omnicef®), it will work well. If such testing wasn't done, you'll have to wait and see how it works. Discuss with the doc who prescribed it. Good luck! ...Read more

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I am currently taken bactrim (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim) ds for bladder infection. I am having a horrible time swallowing pills. Terrible gag reflex. Almost puked. What can I do?

I am currently taken bactrim (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim) ds for bladder infection. I am having a horrible time swallowing pills. Terrible gag reflex. Almost puked. What can I do?

OK to break: You may crush the tablets and put them in water or a soft food like applesauce or pudding if you cannot swallow them whole. The pills are large and breaking them up has a terrible taste. Next time tell your doctor as there are smaller pills you could use. Good luck. ...Read more

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I have sinus infection have been on bactrim (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim) ds after 3 days i got dizzy for about 10-15 min.took terbutaline 2.5 and abuterol 2 hrs before b/p 126/62?

I have sinus infection have been on bactrim (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim) ds after 3 days i got dizzy for about 10-15 min.took terbutaline 2.5 and abuterol 2 hrs before b/p 126/62?

OK: Good luck. Finish the full course of Bactrim (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim). Possibly the Albuterol and or terbutaline made you dizzy, BP is not bad. Be sure to make an appt with your Dr. if the dizziness returns or you do not feel better. Good luck. ...Read more

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I have an infection in nose. I had I & D today. Was started on clindamycin 150 mg 2 pills Q8, bactrim (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim) ds Q 12, Bactroban ointment will I be contagious?

I have an infection in nose. I had I & D today. Was started on clindamycin 150 mg 2 pills Q8, bactrim (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim) ds Q 12, Bactroban ointment will I be contagious?

If you are careless: then Yes . You have open wound , possible to spread the bugs. Maintain good hygiene , wash your hands , dispose the soaked material properly , then you are not contagious. ...Read more

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I have a red scaly patch near my groin area. I recently took bactrim (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim) ds. Could this be a fungal skin infection like a yeast infection?

Jock itch?: It could be a fungal infection, but more likely a "jock itch" than a yeast infection - and unlikely to be related to the recent course of bactrim (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim). Feel free to try an otc antifungal cream, but if nothing happens, see your doctor or a dermatologist and find out what it really is. ...Read more

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Bladder infection doc gave me bactrim. Clear stringy discharge coming out urine hole with back pain is this normal or ok?

Bladder infection doc gave me bactrim. Clear stringy discharge coming out urine hole with back pain is this normal or ok?

Bladder infection: You may have a yeast infection that has been triggered by the antibiotic. Please check with your treating physician. ...Read more

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Infection (Definition)

Infections are invasions of some other organism (fungus, bacteria, parasite) or viruses into places where they do not belong. For instance, we have normal gut bacteria that live within us without causing problems; however, when those penetrate the bowel wall and enter the bloodstream, ...Read more


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Ear Infection (Definition)

Collection of purulent fluid behind tympanic membrane- many times secondary to nasal congestion/ viral uri- that can cause bulging of tympanic membrane, pain, redness or distortion of typical ...Read more