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Bactrim For Pneumonia
Neither actually: If you are talking about a group a strep infection, such as strep throat, an antibiotic in the penicillin family (penicillin, amoxicillin, etc.) is the preferred treatment. Otherwise a cephalosporin such as Cephalexin (keflex) is a good alternative. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Sulfa for Strep: Sulfonamide drugs were frequently used for Strep throat in the 1930s but fell out of favor approximately 10 years later when it was felt that bacterial resistance has developed. However, at least one study has proven this to be false, and sulfonamide drugs may be useful for this infection in patients with allergies to more traditionally used antibiotics or with multiple infections. J Clin Microbiol. Dec 2012; 50(12): 4067–4072. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
Both can work: Levaquin is an excellent antibiotic for sinusitis, although very expensive and with the rare, but significant side effect of tendonopathy and tendon rupture. Bactrim (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim) (septra) is also good, and a fraction of the cost. I culture many of patients sinuses and am consistently surprised the number of bacteria sensitive to bactrim (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim). ...Read more
My doctor gave me nitrofurnation for a uti/kidney infection after finishing bactrim (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim). Is nitrofurnation used for kidney infections?
UTI yes, kidney no: Nitrofurantoin is usually effective against lower urinary tract (bladder) infection, but not for actual kidney infection (pyelonephritis). The best antibiotic often should be based on a urine culture with testing to determine which antibiotics are most active against the particular bacteria causing it. Discuss with your doctor. ...Read more
Not the best: In general, antibiotics are not recommended for sinus infections. But in severe or prolonged cases, they may be used. Cipro (ciprofloxacin) is not the best choice; it doesn't kill some of the common bacteria that cause sinus infections. The recommended drug is amoxicillin, provided you're not allergic to penicillin. ...Read more
Depends: Depends on the organism causing the infection and its sensitivity to the drug. Best, if possible , to get a culture prior to initiating treatment. Speak to your otolaryngologist. ...Read more
No: It is not an effective treatment for lyme. ...Read more
Medicine for bacterial orchitis?(not std, was tested) can't take floroquinones or bactrim (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim) (allergy/joint problems) was given nitroforuntin for 1month?
Poor choice: IMO that med is apoor choice to treat a bacterial infection. ...Read more
OK, not first line.: Cipro (ciprofloxacin) will likely do an OK job on most sinus infections. There are other medications that are considered "first choices"-- amoxicillin, levofloxicin, doxycycline. There is quite a bit of resistance to some medication. Thus, if you are not responding after 5 days or so, or if you are getting worse, let your doctor know ...Read more
Pulmonologist prescribed Keflex 250 mg. for bacterial bronchitis. Would Ceftin (cefuroxime) or Cefzil work better due to broader bacterial spectrum?
Yes and No: Yes and No. Cefzil and Ceftin (cefuroxime) are second generation cephalosporins, where as Keflex is a first generation. The second generation drugs have better gram-negative coverage however they have not as good gram-positive coverage for bacteria. It depends on which bacteria is being treated. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Depends: Pneumonia is an infection of the tissues of the lungs, and can be caused by many different organisms, including viruses, bacteria, atypical organisms, fungi, and even parasites, among others. The antibiotic of choice will depend on the bug and its sensitivity to antibiotics (if at all). ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers