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Doctor insights on: Bactrim Warnings And Recalls

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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.

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Trimethoprim and sulfamethoxazole, cotrimoxazole is a combination antibiotic that is used to treat a ...Read more


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Conflicted on if it is okay to have a couple beers while on bactrim. Will I be okay? No hard liquor.

Conflicted on if it is okay to have a couple beers while on bactrim. Will I be okay? No hard liquor.

No problem: Contrary to popular beliefs, there usually is no problem drinking alcohol (in moderation) while taking antibiotics, including Bactrim. Just don't overdo it.

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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.

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Can you still feel tired and no energy a few days after stopping Bactrim DS?

Probably not bactrim: Bactrim is not a likely cause of such symptoms, and therefore no surprise stopping it hasn't made any difference. Work with your doctor about other causes. Good luck.

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If I take one bactrim, how long before I can take cipro (ciprofloxacin) again?

If I take one bactrim, how long before I can take cipro (ciprofloxacin) again?

Now: Cipro (ciprofloxacin) and Bactrim are both anti-biotics. They could potentially be taken at the same time. Why 1 bactrim? If you are treating a urinary tract infection often, the Cipro (ciprofloxacin) would be sufficient. This treatment should not be without medical supervision, please consult your prescriber or pharmacist for further assistance.

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Can bactrim treat gonnorhea? Was prescribed for UTI but also tested possitive for gonnorhea.

Can bactrim treat gonnorhea? Was prescribed for UTI but also tested possitive for gonnorhea.

Gonorrhea treatment: Trimethoprim-sulfamethoxazole (Bactrim®) is not recommended or reliable against gonorrhea. It might work but is dangerously risky; you need proper gonorrhea treatment with an injection of ceftriaxone plus either azithromycin or doxycycline. Contact your doctor immediately to arrange treatment. Also make sure all recent (1-2 mo.) sex partners are tested and treated. Good luck!

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I was just diagnosed with ca-mrsa and I'm scared since it is often resistant to drugs. I just started bactrim ds tonight. What are the chances of it not responding to any drug? How can you know if it's caught early enough? Thank you!

I was just diagnosed with ca-mrsa and I'm scared since it is often resistant to drugs. I just started bactrim ds tonight. What are the chances of it not responding to any drug? How can you know if it's caught early enough? Thank you!

Partially resistant: Ca MRSA is not particularly worse than having regular staph infection. It is not related to the flesh eating bacteria scare. The choice of antibiotics is limited, but generally the infection is sensitive to at least a few of the mainstream antibiotics of which Bactrim (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim) is one. If your doctor thought you were at great risk you would not be at home.

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Can I smoke marijuana while taking bactrim?

Can I smoke marijuana while taking bactrim?

Antibiotics: Smoking marijuana shouldn't have any effect on the antibiotics.

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What's better for strept cipro (ciprofloxacin) or bactrim?

What's better for strept cipro (ciprofloxacin) or bactrim?

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.

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Can bactrim/sulfameth help clear chlamydia?

Can bactrim/sulfameth help clear chlamydia?

No: This would not be adequate treatment for chlamydia.Erythromycin like drugs, tetracyclines and occasionally the floxins (ofloxacin) are used to treat this family of germs.

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Can I take bactrim ds and cipro (ciprofloxacin) 500mg together?

Yes..: Yes, you may... Just make sure this is done under your doctor's advise.

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If im not allergic to bactrim can I be allergic to cipro (ciprofloxacin)?

Not likely: Just because you have an allergy to Bactrim doesn't put you at increased risk for developing an allergy to cipro (ciprofloxacin). There are lots of options for antibiotics that don't cross-react with sulfa drugs so you should be fine. If you want to understand your drug allergy in more detail see a board certified Allergist for further workup and evaluation.

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I had a UTI in November, took Bactrim/Co - Trimoxazole DS. Possible to get meds without test?

I had a UTI in November, took Bactrim/Co - Trimoxazole DS. Possible to get meds without test?

Try HealthTap PRIME: HealthTap PRIME doctors see and treat you, via smartphone, tablet, or laptop. They can see photos you upload into your FILES. PRIME can be accessed from anywhere in the world, and patients just have a monthly subscription fee. Sometimes a prescription for a UTI can be done on PRIME, but sometimes it cannot (depends on the individual circumstances). Fees are the same with or without a prescription.