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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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I am taking bactrim (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim) for a staff infection and after several days I itch all over and have a rash. Should I stop the meds?

I am taking bactrim (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim) for a staff infection and after several days I itch all over and have a rash. Should I stop the meds?

Yes: Allergic reaction to sulfa antibiotics, Bactrim/Septra in particular is not that uncommon. Your description sounds suspicious for just that. I would see your doctor for this to determine the next treatment option for you. If this is an allergic reaction then you should avoid sulfa antibiotics in the future. ...Read more

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Have antibiotic sensibilities for my infection. Says bactrim s <=20, cipro (ciprofloxacin) s <=0.25. Does that denote efficacy? Dose requirement? Other? Thanks.

Have antibiotic sensibilities for my infection. Says bactrim s <=20, cipro (ciprofloxacin) s <=0.25. Does that denote efficacy? Dose requirement? Other? Thanks.

Depends:: Bactrim (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim) goes out through the kidneys, so it would be an ideal drug to treat a urinary tract infection with this sensitive bug, but some tissues don't permit some drugs to soak into them. So the question is best answered knowing what is actually being treated. ...Read more

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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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Is bactrim (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim) antibiotic effective in treating a tooth infection?

Is bactrim (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim) antibiotic effective in treating a tooth infection?

Not a normal med: Bactrim (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim) can be effective, but it is far down on the list of first choices for a dental infection. There are other antibiotics much more suited to dental bacteria.

Your dentist should be able to check your medical history and get you a medication that will work better. Please get treatment as well, antibiotics are short term solutions and cannot reach bacteria inside a tooth. ...Read more

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Bactrim (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim) antibiotic for salivary gland infection?

Bactrim (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim) antibiotic for salivary gland infection?

Don't self medicate: Please see an oral surgeon or ENT physician for proper diagnosis and treatment of your problem. They will prescribe the proper meds, if any, for your situation. ...Read more

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I'm taking Bactrim (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim) for a sinus infection because I'm allergic to penicillen. Is this a strong and effective antibiotic?

I'm taking Bactrim (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim) for a sinus infection because I'm allergic to penicillen. Is this a strong and effective antibiotic?

Possibly not: Most sinus infections do not need antibiotics. Based on the 2012 IDSA guidelines, Doxycycline is a reasonable alternative for first-line therapy and can be used in patients with penicillin allergy. A respiratory fluoroquinolone (levofloxacin or moxifloxacin) is another option for penicillin-allergic patients. Bactrim (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim) and Macrolides are not recommended because of high resistance rates. ...Read more

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Is it effective use bactrim (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim) antibiotic for a tooth infection?

Is it effective use bactrim (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim) antibiotic for a tooth infection?

Bactrim (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim) antibiotic: See a dentist don't self prescribe and get rid of the source of the infection. ...Read more

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I took bactrim (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim) antibiotic last week for some minor infection. I now have red spots under my skin. No itching or pain. Could this be a side effect?

I took bactrim (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim) antibiotic last week for some minor infection. I now have red spots under my skin. No itching or pain. Could this be a side effect?

Petechia: Go to ER immediately. Sometimes bactrim (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim) lowers the platelet count significantly, it is a side effect. It is a medical emergency. STOP Bactrim, (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim) go immediately to ER and never take bactrim (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim) again if it turns out your platelets are low. ...Read more

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I was diagnosed with a nasal infection 3 days ago and they gave me bactrim. I think I just have the flu ad my conditions haven't changed after being in the medication now and I'm not seeing any improvement. Should I go back and request regular antibioti

No: Bactrim (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim) is a "regular antibiotic", called sulfamethoxazole. It's a pretty potent drug. As for your symptoms, most nasal congestion is caused by viral infections or allergies, not bacterial infections. Most infections take 10-14 days to pass, and if it's viral (like the flu) there is no antibiotic that will treat it. Your body simply has to fight off the infection on its own. ...Read more

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Doc gave me Bactrim (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim) for a large spider bite? 8" round. I am very allergic to many antibiotics and afraid to take it. How dangerous is Bactrim (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim)?

Doc gave me Bactrim (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim) for a large spider bite? 8" round. I am very allergic to many antibiotics and afraid to take it. How dangerous is Bactrim (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim)?

Bactrim (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim): Has been used for decades but there are people who are allergic. No one knows if you are one of them. Here is my question, why didn't you discuss this at the time with your prescribing physician? Personally, I'd be more concerned about my 8 " spider bite. ...Read more

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Should I feel labored just to do normal things? Went downstairs to put load of laundry in, my hearts started beating faster, I felt extremely weak, got sweaty and was shakeing I am currently on bactrin for a staff infection, about 4 days now.

Should I feel labored just to do normal things? Went downstairs to put load of laundry in, my hearts started beating faster, I felt extremely weak, got sweaty and was shakeing I am currently on bactrin for a staff infection, about 4 days now.

Concerning: Palpitations, shortness of breath, weakness, and sweating with minor exertion is a potentially concerning problem. It is not normal. If you haven't seen a doctor for evaluation, you need to as soon as possible. This could be angina, which in women can present without the classic chest pain symptom. Hopefully it's not, but please don't ignore it, get checked! ...Read more

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Is it ok to take My Zoloft with the Bactrim (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim) I am taking for an infection?

Is it ok to take My Zoloft with the Bactrim (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim) I am taking for an infection?

Yes: You should not combine Zoloft with alcohol and you should avoid taking NSAIDs such as ibuprofen and naproxen due to increased risk of bleeding. Zoloft also should not be taken with certain other antidepressants such as MAOI's and TCA's. But Zoloft is ok with Bactrim (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim). ...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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Should I have my INR checked while taking Bactrim (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim). I take 5mg daily. And usually run btw, 2.5 & 2.8 monthly. Bactrim (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim) is 4 urinary infection?

Should I have my INR checked while taking Bactrim (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim). I take 5mg daily. And usually run btw, 2.5 & 2.8 monthly. Bactrim (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim) is 4 urinary infection?

Yes check INR: Hello Randy
Yes you should have your INR checked while on Bactrim (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim). Bactrim (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim) is a combination of sulfamethoxazole/trimethoprim. There is significant interaction with Coumadin (warfarin) and Sulfamethoxazole and moderate interaction with trimethoprim. Sulfamethoxazole and Coumadin (warfarin) interaction can put you in risk of bleeding if you are elderly or have kidney dis. Please see your doctor. ...Read more

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I'm prescribed Bactrim and cephalexin to take together for a skin infection. I'm in pain, so can I take either Advil or Tylenol (acetaminophen) for the pain?

I'm prescribed Bactrim and cephalexin to take together for a skin infection. I'm in pain, so can I take either Advil or Tylenol (acetaminophen) for the pain?

Pain relief: As long as you don't have an allergy, they are both fine for pain control. Just note that Advil will actually help with swelling and inflammation which the Tylenol (acetaminophen) will not ...Read more

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Is it safe to take bactrim (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim) and amoxicillin together? Taking bactrim (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim) for a uti, amoxicillin for an infection after wisdom teeth removal iam 19yo male

Is it safe to take bactrim (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim) and amoxicillin together? Taking bactrim (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim) for a uti, amoxicillin for an infection after wisdom teeth removal iam 19yo male

Usually Yes: It seems the medications are treating 2 different things. If they were prescribed by the same doctor then he/she is aware and made the choice for specific reasons. If they were prescribed by 2 different doctors let your primary doctor know about it. He/she may be able to switch you to a single antibiotic to cover both conditions. Good luck. ...Read more

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Can I take amoxicillin for a skin staph infection? Went to the hospital and they gave me the generic to bactrim (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim) and I was shaking from it they told me to stop taking it and go to doctors. But I don't have a doctor.

Can I take amoxicillin for a skin staph infection? Went to the hospital and they gave me the generic to bactrim (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim) and I was shaking from it they told me to stop taking it and go to doctors. But I don't have a doctor.

Won't work: The penicillin derivatives like amoxicillin hasn't worked with most skin infection causing staph since the 1950's. They were one of the first germs to become resistant to penicillin after its introduction. If you are having a reaction to the Bactrim you need to be seen by a local doc & have this documented. A change to a different med based on your past history would be needed. Go to urgent care. ...Read more

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I took 3 courses of bactrim in the last 2 months but the infection returns. I can't take cipro (ciprofloxacin) and nitrof didn't work. My urine tests vere negative. The urologist is treating me symptomatically. What should I do?

I took 3 courses of bactrim in the last 2 months but the infection returns. I can't take cipro (ciprofloxacin) and nitrof didn't work. My urine tests vere negative. The urologist is treating me symptomatically. What should I do?

Culture: If the urine tests are negative or normal, then I would start to suspect something else and not "infection". Cystitis is a bladder inflammation that feels just like and infection and is a miserable problem. Interstitial cystitis would be a possibility.

But if you are saying your infection returns, then investigation into why would be next. ...Read more

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Have been diagnosed with suspected parasitic infection. When I take 100mg bactrim (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim) a day it's under control, flares up otherwise. Request advice on med?

Parasite infection: Bactrim (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim) is an antibiotic which means its chief effect is on bacteria, not parasites. That said, Bactrim (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim) does work for cyclospora and isospora- parasites that cause diarrhea. It doesn't make sense that your symptoms return after a treatment course- unless you are getting re-exposed somehow in your environment or something "unrelated" to these purported parasites is occurring. Best to go see an MD. ...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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If im alergic to bactrim (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim) and Unacyn can I take amoxicillin for a bladder infection?

If im alergic to bactrim (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim) and Unacyn can I take amoxicillin for a bladder infection?

No: Unacyn contains amoxicillin and thus if you are allergic to amoxicillin, you will end up with the same reaction as with amoxicillin. ...Read more

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Can you take Bactrim (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim) for possible tooth infection until you see your dentist?

Tooth infection: NO. Do not take left over antibiotics prescribed for someone else or for another reason. Only take prescription medication for the purpose they are prescribed. ...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 I take nyquil if I am takening both bactrim (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim) and doxycycline for an infection?

Can I take nyquil if I am takening both bactrim (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim) and doxycycline for an infection?

Should be ok: While it is most likely fine to take all three medications, you should have your pharmacist check to make sure that the ingredients in the nyquil will not make either antibiotic less or more available in your system. ...Read more

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Antibiotic (Definition)

An antibiotic is a medicine that slows, stops, or kills germs. The germs are usually bacteria causing an infection in a person, so the person uses antibiotics to help his body get ...Read more


Bactrim (Definition)

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