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


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Bactrim (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim) safe during pregnancy?

Bactrim (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim) safe during pregnancy?

Bactrim (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim): Bactrim (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim) can be used during pregnancy if prescribed by your doctor, otherwise I would not use it without presciption.

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Is bactrim for 30 days safe for a UTI that didn't respond to cipro (ciprofloxacin) or macrobid? They did a culture and sensitivity test

Is bactrim for 30 days safe for a UTI that didn't respond to cipro (ciprofloxacin) or macrobid? They did a culture and sensitivity test

It is safe: It is safe to take bactrim (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim) for 30 days. Normally though, treatment for 30 days is to prevent recurring infections rather than treat an ongoing one.

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How common are serious side effects with the drug Bactrim? Is this drug safer than Cipro (ciprofloxacin)? I'm taking it for a prostate infection.

How common are serious side effects with the drug Bactrim? Is this drug safer than Cipro (ciprofloxacin)? I'm taking it for a prostate infection.

Prostate infection: Assuming your doc didn't have lab data demonstrating bacteria & antibiotic resistance (commonly referred to as culture & sensitivity), Cipro (ciprofloxacin)floxacin is better than Trimethoprim/Sulfamethoxazole at getting into the prostate. All quinolones like Cipro (ciprofloxacin) carry a Black Box warning against tendonitis & tendon rupture, which while rare, is more common in elderly patients. Check out www. Drugs. Com for info

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I was prescribed bactrim (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim) last night for mastitis. I'm already on penicillin for strep throat. Is it safe to be on both? Is bactrim (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim) safe?

Usually: If you developed or have worsening mastitis on penicillin, then Bactrim (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim) is a drug with a different mode of action that may well help clear up the problem. Any medication strong enough to do good, can have undesired effects. A small percentage of the population has or can develop an allergy to is as they might the penicillin. Most can take both with no problems. Consult your doc if trouble arises.

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After I finish my prescription of bactrim, (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim) when is it safe to go out into the sun again?

After I finish my prescription of bactrim, (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim) when is it safe to go out into the sun again?

36 hours.: Use your judgement in terms of exposure, but bactrim (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim) should effectively be out of system in 36 hours. I do not believe that most patients strictly avoid sun exposure although the warning is there.

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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.

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I stopped my antibiotic treatment of Bactrim ds two days ago. Is it safe to take Alka Seltzer Plus cold dissolvable tablets.

I stopped my antibiotic treatment of Bactrim ds two days ago. Is it safe to take Alka Seltzer Plus cold dissolvable tablets.

Yes, safe: And bactrim is already out if your system by now, good that you asked, always exercise caution with multiple medications, good luck

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Why wouldn't the doc tell me about taking bactrim (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim) w my asthma. So is it safe?? What do I need to know. It says to beware or not take it w asthma. Help

Why wouldn't the doc tell me about taking bactrim (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim) w my asthma. So is it safe?? What do I need to know. It says to beware or not take it w asthma. Help

No problem but: I usually try to avoid sulfa drug for my patients due to the relatively higher incidence of drug reaction. But use it if you must-whither asthma or not.

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How long after taking my last Bactrim (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim) is it safe to drink alcohol? How long after last dose does it stay in your system?

How long after taking my last Bactrim (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim) is it safe to drink alcohol? How long after last dose does it stay in your system?

50 hours: The half-life of Bactrim (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim) is about 10 hours. A drug should be completely out of your system after 5 half-lives; therefore, Bactrim (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim) should be out of your system within 50 hours or just over a day. Alcohol can interact with Bactrim (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim) and cause some unpleasant side effects such including: fast heartbeats, warmth or redness under your skin, tingly feeling, nausea, and vomiting.

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On cipro (ciprofloxacin) for kidney infection had reaction so was changed to bactrim. Now having rash, shaking so switching it agin. Is it safe to keep switching?

On cipro (ciprofloxacin) for kidney infection had reaction so was changed to bactrim. Now having rash, shaking so switching it agin. Is it safe to keep switching?

Adverse reactions: Unfortunately, it IS necessary to change if now you're getting a rash reaction to Bactrim (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim) - which is a 'sulfa' drug. Knowing what the germ is and it's sensitivity profile would help select the right antibiotic for you -- as well as keeping in balance with your allergies/medical history. Usually I like to treat for 10 or 14 days for a kidney infection- so hopefully not that much treatment left..

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I was prescribed Bactrim (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim) DS for 10 days for a UTI...is this safe to take with accutane? I am currently on 40 mg a day and my derm is not in until Mon

I was prescribed Bactrim (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim) DS for 10 days for a UTI...is this safe to take with accutane? I am currently on 40 mg a day and my derm is not in until Mon

Accutane and Bactrim (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim): I don't know of any drug interactions here: I checked the literature for you (PubMed) as well as used a pharmaceutical tool searching for drug interactions - none were reported. This makes sense since Accutane is a vitamin A analogue and likely works independently of this antibiotic. Good idea to check with your Derm doc. Not sure TEN DAYS is needed for a UTI though - I would question your Primary

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I'm on bactrim (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim) for an uncomplicated uti. I was prescribed 10 days worth, but a different doctor told me because of my severe nausea to stop. Safe?

I'm on bactrim (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim) for an uncomplicated uti. I was prescribed 10 days worth, but a different doctor told me because of my severe nausea to stop. Safe?

OK after 3 - 5 days: Mopst uncomplicated utis have cleared after 3 days on antibiotics, certainly by 5. So quite safe to stop. Macrodantin or Cipro (ciprofloxacin) xcould be prescribed in the future if you get another uti. Your 2nd dr. Has given sound advice if you are 3days+ on bactrim.

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Thrombocytopenia 4 mths ago after taking several doses of bactrim (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim). Thrown in remission after 3 days decadron. Plt. In 200s n holding. Pregnancy safe?

Thrombocytopenia 4 mths ago after taking several doses of bactrim (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim). Thrown in remission after 3 days decadron. Plt. In 200s n holding. Pregnancy safe?

Check: With your doctor. It is also concerning me that you have not listed bactrim (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim) or sulfa as an allergy. The thrombocytopenia is probably drug related and should never take it again. Check with your hematologist for advice in this regard prior to getting pregnant. Best wishes.

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I feel I have a UTI (burning when I urinate, tired) I have an old Bactrim (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim) DS prescription dated 7/3/12. Is it safe to take?

I feel I have a UTI (burning when I urinate, tired) I have an old Bactrim (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim) DS prescription dated 7/3/12. Is it safe to take?

Probably: First thing is that it's worth it to go get a urinalysis and culture. That way your doctor will know what bacteria it is, and whether it is sensitive to bacterium. Regarding your prescription, check the bottle to see if you can find an expiration date. Most meds have a couple of years of shelf life. But it's best to check to make sure the exp date is ok. Bactrim (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim) is pretty cheap.