Doctor insights on:
Polytrim And Sulfa
Sulfates not sulfa: Polytrim (polymyxin b and trimethoprim) contains sulfates. A patient history of allergic reaction to sulfa drugs should not exclude polytrim (polymyxin b and trimethoprim) as a treatment. There seems to be no correlation between trimethoprim sulfate and sulfa sensitivity. However, one can be allergic to anything. Check with your treating doctor. ...Read more
Is polytrim eye drops ok for someone allergic to bactrim (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim) sulfa?
Depends: If you have a well documented history of an anaphylactic reaction to Bactrim (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim) and sulfa in the past (you could not breath and had to go to the er), it is better to choose a different eye drop as you can get a similar allergy with polytrim. In my experience, prior history of "allergy" may not be a true allergy. But tell the md who treated you to be on the same side. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Polytrim (polymyxin b and trimethoprim): Is an antibiotic for superficial eye infections. Being composed of Polymyxin B sulfate & trimethoprim sulfate, it should be used with caution in those with sulfa allergies. If using this medication, do not take vitamin b complex or folate (folic acid) supplements, as they will counter the activity of the trimethoprim. If eye condition worsens, see doc. ...Read more
What to do if I have the infection, so is the medication called "polytrim" the correct eyedrops to use?
Polytrim (polymyxin b and trimethoprim) good: Polytrim (polymyxin b and trimethoprim) is a good broad spectrum antibiotic drop and should help a bacterial infection. Most conjunctivitis or pink eye is viral so the Polytrim (polymyxin b and trimethoprim) would help only is there is an overlying bacterial conjunctivitis which can happen. ...Read more
My 18mo has pink eye, I have a prescription for polytrim that I've used before for pink eye. Can he use it as well?
Baby started first dose of Polytrim (polymyxin b and trimethoprim) on Saturday night before bed. Next 4 will be given in the morning Sunday. Can she go to daycare Monday?
Probably so: Polytrim (polymyxin b and trimethoprim) is usually prescribed to be administered 4-6 times in a 24 hour period. If you administer a dose just prior to daycare on Monday, sufficient medication has likely been given to reduce transmission to others and minimize your baby's symptoms as long as the daycare can continue the schedule during your child's time with them. Check their policy. ...Read more
I used polytrim (polymyxin b and trimethoprim) last month for my pink eyes and I ended up getting pink eyes again this month polytrim (polymyxin b and trimethoprim) did not work is that considered prolonged use?
No: No this is not a prolonged use. Either the diagnosis is wrong or you may have a resistance. See your doctor again ...Read more
Small blisters on my lower eyelids following a diagnosis of conjunctivitis and being using polytrim (polymyxin b and trimethoprim) (5d). Is this possible or related? No other sympto
If I used polytrim (polymyxin b and trimethoprim) in eye last month and got pink eye again this month I used polytrim (polymyxin b and trimethoprim) again would that be considered prolonged use?
No: However, recurrent eye infections should make you wonder why this is happening. If you are a contact lens user, perhaps there is a problem with your lens hygiene. Also, this time of year allergic conjunctivitis is common and can simulate or bring on infection. Finally, be sure to clean your eyelashes and lids daily with a washcloth and warm water. ...Read more
Given polytrim and ethromycin cream today for eyelid/eye infection . Eye is still really itchy and hurts . How long until I should see results?
A day or two: It will take at least 1-2 days for improvement to start. Check with the doctor if no better after 2-3 days. ...Read more
Got pink eye Sat. went to ER Sun...they gave him polytrim (polymyxin b and trimethoprim) eye drops but it's now Wed. and eyes are no better what to do? Needs to go back to work
Follow-up: You need a follow-up since the treatment did not work ...Read more
Yes, still used: Has now largely been replaced as a first line antibiotic for utis. More commonly prescribed as Bactrim or septra, both are the same combination of sulfa with trimethoprim. @ other first line antibiotics most frequently prescribed by urologists are Macrodantin (nitrofurantoin), & Cipro (ciprofloxacin) in adults. Amoxicillin in children. Many primary care drs still prescribe sulfas as a furst line treatment 4 utis. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer