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Does bactrim (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim) treat herpes?

Does bactrim (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim) treat herpes?

No, it does not: Bactrim (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim) (also called Septra or Trimethoprim-Sulfamethoxazole) is an antibiotic for treating bacterial infections. It does not stop viruses. Thus, it does not treat herpes infections, which are caused by viruses. ...Read more

Herpes (Definition)

There are different types of herpes infections; herpes simplex infection of mouth (gingivostomatitis) and lips (labialis) are the most common. Others include genital herpes, and herpes zoster. Herpes infection could very mild to very dangerous depending on the type and location of the body affected. I ...Read more


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I am being tested for genital herpes today, just started valtrex today. My story is complicated though. Started 5 days ago. 1St diagnosed w UTI, then yeast, then told bactrim did not work for uti. Today had another exam & told possible 1st herpes outbreak, a

I am being tested for genital herpes today, just started valtrex today. My story is complicated though. Started 5 days ago. 1St diagnosed w UTI, then yeast, then told bactrim did not work for uti. Today had another exam & told possible 1st herpes outbreak, a

Sounds like herpes: Typical story for initial genital herpes. I hope your genital sore (s) were tested for HSV by PCR or culture (PCR is best). If positive, make sure the virus is typed, i.e. HSV1 or HSV2, which is very important in predicting future course, need for ongoing Rx, and preventing transmission to partners. If herpes, symptoms should start improving soon on valacyclovir (Valtrex). Get partner (s) checked. ...Read more

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I am HIV +, undetect, CD4 865, I also have genital herpes but take Valtrex for it. I had a root canal done and developed sinus infect, bronchitis. Taking 1 week now bactrim, (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim) clyndamicyn, poor recovery.

I am HIV +, undetect, CD4 865, I also have genital herpes but take Valtrex for it. I had a root canal done and developed sinus infect, bronchitis. Taking 1 week now bactrim, (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim) clyndamicyn, poor recovery.

Immunosuppressed: Your recovery may be hampered by some of the medications you take as well as some of your other medical conditions. You should see an infectious disease specialist to ascertain you are taking the proper medications given your complex medical history. ...Read more

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A date just told me she has herpes 1 and 2. What are the chances I will contract it how treatable is it!

A date just told me she has herpes 1 and 2. What are the chances I will contract it how treatable is it!

Depends: It depends on how much contact you had, as well as if she had active lesions at the time. Treatment can reduce flares and help speed recovery, but there is no way to eradicate it once infected. ...Read more

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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! ...Read more

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Can bactrim (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim) be used to treat hidradenitis suppertiva?

Can bactrim (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim) be used to treat hidradenitis suppertiva?

Depends. . .: Bactrim (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim) only works against those bacteria that are sensitive to it, just like diesel fuel is only good for a diesel engine. Check out http://www. Mayoclinic. Com/health/hidradenitis-suppurativa/ds00818 for more info. With that said, if your doc is concerned for MRSA (bacterial w/multiple drug resistance), Bactrim (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim) is an option (http://www. Cdc. Gov/mrsa/treatment/). ...Read more

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Culture of leg taken AFTER doc already treated it for MRSA w/Bactrim & top antib; test then back neg (false neg?). Antib in sys how lg? Retest when?

Culture of leg taken AFTER doc already treated it for MRSA w/Bactrim & top antib; test then back neg (false neg?). Antib in sys how lg? Retest when?

Test of cure: Cultures are often taken following treatment of an infection to confirm that they were cured with the chosen antibiotic. Persistent symptoms after treatment with a negative bacterial culture is suggestive of another type of infection, such as fungal or viral. ...Read more

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Can bactrim (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim) treat mrsa?

MRSA: Local skin lesions are generally easily treated with Bactrim (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim) or septra, assuming you are not allergic to sulfa drugs. ...Read more

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Is Bactrim (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim) an effective medication to treat Prostatitis?

Is Bactrim (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim) an effective medication to treat Prostatitis?

Yes: Other supportive measures include stool softeners, antipyretics, bed rest. Important to make sure there is no abscess or any other complication. Urological evaluation may be needed, ...Read more

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Does bactrim (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim) treat shingles?

Does bactrim (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim) treat shingles?

No bactrim (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim) for virus: No. Only is there is a secondary infection. Bactrim (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim) is an anti-biotics and works against certain bacteria. Shingles is due to a virus (herpes zoster) virus and antibiotics do not work against viruses. ...Read more

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What infections do bactrim (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim) treat and how long does it take?

What infections do bactrim (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim) treat and how long does it take?

Gram neg: Bactrim (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim) treats gram negative infections. Most commonly bladder infections and some types of diarrhea. Patients usually get better in a few days. ...Read more

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Do you know if bactrim (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim) will help treat my uti? I was prescribed bactrim (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim) before but it didn't help. Will it help me this time for recurrent uti?

Do you know if bactrim (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim) will help treat my uti? I was prescribed bactrim (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim) before but it didn't help. Will it help me this time for recurrent uti?

Same/different bug: Bactrim (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim) is a reasonable choice for UTI treatment, however not all bacteria that cause utis are susceptible to this antibiotic. The gold standard is to have a urine culture of the organism to know its antibiotic sensitivity pattern. Without knowing more specifics or whether the recurrence is the same bug, it is hard to know whether Bactrim (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim) will help this time. ...Read more

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Can bactrim (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim) treat gonorrhea?

Can bactrim (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim) treat gonorrhea?

Not reliably: Sulfamethoxazole-trimethoprim (Bactrim (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim)) might work against gonorrhea but it isn't reliable or recommended. If you are tempted to use Bactrim (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim) left over from some other infection becuase you suspect you have gonorrhea or were exposed... Don't do it! See a doctor or clinic for proper diagnosis and treatment. Good luck! ...Read more

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Had cellulitis 6/1, treated 1g rocephin, 10days Bactrim Ds 2 pills BID. On 7/13, I learned I had gonorrhea, sex 13days prior, did he give gonorrhea?

Had cellulitis 6/1, treated 1g rocephin, 10days Bactrim Ds 2 pills BID. On 7/13, I learned I had gonorrhea, sex 13days prior, did he give gonorrhea?

Probably yes: You can be 100% certain you did not have your gonorrhea when you were treated with ceftriaxone (Rocephin) and bactrum; that treatment for sure would have cured gonorrhea. Therefore, you had to catch it sometime later. If your only partner or exposure since then was the one 7/13, that's when you caught it. That partner needs exam, testing, and treatment for gonorrhea. ...Read more

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I just finished bactrim (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim) ds for inflamed cyst, I also have been having chronic diverticulitis can these antibiotics treat diverticulitis same time?

I just finished bactrim (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim) ds for inflamed cyst, I also have been having chronic diverticulitis can these antibiotics treat diverticulitis same time?

Possibly: However if it is going to work you actually must have a confirmed diagnosis of acute diverticulitis, not chronic diverticulosis. You would need 14 days of antibiotics and a 6 week course of low/no fiber diet. My preference is to confirm diverticulitis by labs, exam and possible CT scan, then initiate the above treatment if confirmed. I prefer levaquin/metronidazole as a more effective antibiotic ...Read more

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Will Bactrim (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim) treat bacterial vaginosis?

Will Bactrim (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim) treat bacterial vaginosis?

BV: The CDC (Centers for Disease Control) recommended treatments for bacterial vaginosis (BV) are metronidazole or clindamycin or tinidazole. Bactrim (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim) is not a recommended treatment for BV. ...Read more

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Fracture tib/fib, 4 years ago; swelling and pain treated 6 weeks bactrim; swelling with no pain recurred; resolved but serosaguinous exudate overlying?

Fracture tib/fib, 4 years ago; swelling and pain treated 6 weeks bactrim; swelling with no pain recurred; resolved but serosaguinous exudate overlying?

Was there any test: Did the doctor order any x-rays or any other test to determine the cause of the exudate? Any cultures to see what is growing? May have bone infection. Bactrim (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim) might not the be effective antibiotics and maybe an IV antibiotic is needed. You should definitely not wait too much longer and ask your doctor to do further evaluation. ...Read more

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5 year baby come to my clinic he take bactrim (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim) for deharriea for7day on other day after 2 month he come again to the clinic due to rash, how to treat?

5 year baby come to my clinic he take bactrim (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim) for deharriea for7day on other day after 2 month he come again to the clinic due to rash, how to treat?

Rash: Rash after two months of taking bactrim (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim)? It's not drug rash. This rash needs to be investigated further. To begin with- better history. What does rash look like? Area of distribution of rash? Get this rash evaluated by a md. ...Read more

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I am 33 yes old. My tubes were cut tied and burnt. I am 11 weeks late. I have a uti being treated with bactrim. My breast feel full and painful.???? My Dr that done my procedure says I can't be pregnant. Could I really be?

I am 33 yes old. My tubes were cut tied and burnt. I am 11 weeks late. I have a uti being treated with bactrim. My breast feel full and painful.???? My Dr that done my procedure says I can't be pregnant. Could I really be?

Strongly doubt it.: Lots of things can cause periods to be late. Having a uti and being treated for it, is a good reason that this occurred. If your next period is late too, talk to your doctor about it and follow his plan. ...Read more

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Hi I just wanted to know if the antibiotic bactrim (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim) will treat gonorrhea or chlamidya?

Hi I just wanted to know if the antibiotic bactrim (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim) will treat gonorrhea or chlamidya?

Basically no.: Trimethoprim-sulfamethoxazole (bactrim) is ineffective against chlamydia and there is a wide range of antibiotics that can be given for gonorrhea, but Bactrim (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim) is not one of them. Since some gonorrhea is resistant to antibiotics, only a physician can determine which one to use. Recommended therapy for chlamydia is Doxycycline or Azithromycin with fluorinated quinolones also effective. ...Read more

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My daughter has hydronephrosis. No reflux. High levels of creatinine and bun. Doctors want to treat her with long term bactrim (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim). Is this okay?

Definitely not OK: Ideally daughter needs to be seen & managed by pediatric urologist who may advise surgery to relieve any obstruction causing her hydronephrosis & nephrologist regarding her azotemia (elevated BUN & creatinine). Suggest you go to la, los angeles children's hospital or ucla medical center. This is not something to be managed locally in yucaima. Bactrim (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim) not appropriate unless infected & not long term. ...Read more

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Been treated for kidney infection with bactrim for 5 days, now had 4 doses of cipro. Still no better, having terrible abdominal and back pain.

Kidney Stone?: You need to see a doctor. Depending on the location and symptoms you may have something else going on besides a urinary tract infection. Could be a kidney stone, but without further evaluation it's difficult to say. ...Read more

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UTI first treated with Cipro, (ciprofloxacin) 1 week later diagnosed with MRSA infection in groin area treated with Bactrim. UTI is back, could it be MRSA related?

UTI first treated with Cipro, (ciprofloxacin) 1 week later diagnosed with MRSA infection in groin area treated with Bactrim. UTI is back, could it be MRSA related?

It certainly could: Be MRSA, though Bactrim (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim) if it worked for the groin cellulitis should also have worked well for the UTI. Go get a urine culture done at the MD office and get targeted therapy instead of just empiric antibiotics. You need a culture result. ...Read more

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If I had a mrsa infection a month ago, folliculitis was treated with Bactrim (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim). Will I be colonized with mrsa from now on? Will I be a carrier?

If I had a mrsa infection a month ago, folliculitis was treated with Bactrim (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim). Will I be colonized with mrsa from now on? Will I be a carrier?

You probably were: For some time prior to the infection. These typically occur from the germs which are on the skin. These tend to stay the same over time. So, if previous MRSA, it is expected to stay there. ...Read more

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I have a UTI and got Bactrim (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim) today to treat it but I'm having pain on a lump on the back of my head. I'm curious to if its a lymph node and if its norm?

I have a UTI and got Bactrim (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim) today to treat it but I'm having pain on a lump on the back of my head. I'm curious to if its a lymph node and if its norm?

Maybe (not). . .: Urinary tract infections do not cause swollen lymph nodes, especially not so distant as the back of one's head. While this lump could represent a lymph node, it could also be an infected cyst or folliculitis. Since it's painful, please go see your Family Doc for evaluation & appropriate treatment. In the meantime, finish your antibiotics. ...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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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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Can bactrim (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim) treat an upper respiratory infection?

Can bactrim (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim) treat an upper respiratory infection?

Trimethoprim/Sulfa: Yes, but this would obviously depend upon what you are talking about. There are very few uris requiring antibiotics and those that do generally do not need bactrim, (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim) but this is a decision that has to be made by the doctor examining you and their diagnosis. ...Read more

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I have z pack and bactrim (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim) refills at home can it be used to treat bacterial vaginosis?

I have z pack and bactrim (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim) refills at home can it be used to treat bacterial vaginosis?

No: Neither is a good treatment for BV, but that diagnosis can only be made by a gynecologist. Please see one to be sure you do have BV and have a specific med prescribed. ...Read more

Bactrim (Definition)

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