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Dr. Neigatha Graney
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Septra (Overview)

Septra is a streptogramin which is a kind of anti-bacterial drug (antibiotic and antimicrobial).


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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. ...Read more

Dr. Neigatha Graney
57 doctors shared insights

Septra (Overview)

Septra is a streptogramin which is a kind of anti-bacterial drug (antibiotic and antimicrobial).


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What are side effects of septra (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim) ?

What are side effects of  septra (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim) ?

Septra (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim): Nausea, vomiting, upset stomach, diarrhea, loss of appetite, sensitivity to sunlight, fever, cough, rash, rarely fatigue & pain & swelling of eyes. ...Read more

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I got a UTI and was prescribed septra (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim) for 5 days. I have taken 3 days & still test positive for LEU. Is it working still? What should I do?

Continue medication: Please continue to take the full course of medication. If your symptoms have not improved AFTER the full 5 days of treatment, speak again with your doctor. It does sometimes take a few days for your symptoms and lab results to normalize after starting a medication. ...Read more

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Can I use septra (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim) for any infection?

Can I use septra (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim) for any infection?

No: Antibiotics are successful only if the bacteria are susceptible. Many bacteria are drug resistant, and therefore, a drug like septra (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim) should be used for those infections where successful outcomes can be expected. ...Read more

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Is septra (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim) effective against tooth infections?

Is septra (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim) effective against tooth infections?

Not really: This is used to treat ear infections, urinary tract infections, bronchitis, traveler's diarrhea, shigellosis, and pneumocystis jiroveci pneumonia. We do not have antibiotics for teeth infections if you have or suspect one go see your dentist. ...Read more

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Went to dr thru. For a UTI and they gave me septra (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim).. I take it every 12 hours.. And it stil hurts when i pee.. How long should this med. Take to work?

Depends: Septra (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim) is a pretty good abx for uti, but sometimes there are causes to which septra (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim) does not work due to resistance. Other times the bladder wall can be irritated from the infection causing pain. But if you continue to have burning sensation with septra (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim), i would advise further f/u care and perhaps a urine culture to determine whether or not there is resistance. ...Read more

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Been taking septra (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim) ds past three days for uti, my last dose is today at 8pm, will i be safe to drink tomorrow evening (more than one or two)?

Septra (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim): Yes, you should be able to have a beer or glass of wine 24 hours after septra (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim). I would wait 3 days before drinking more than that. ...Read more

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Is it dangerous to mix alcohol and septra (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim)?

Is it dangerous to mix alcohol and septra (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim)?

Alcohol/Bactrim: It is a dangerous combination, not just with alcohol but also with cough medicines & mouthwashes containing alcohol. Alcohol can intensify the negative side-effects of septra, (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim) causing headaches, nausea, vomiting, shortness of breath & rapid heart beats, with vomiting leading to dehydration & loss of the antibiotic effect due to missed dose. ...Read more

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If i had one seizure in the past 16 ears and take Dilantin can I take septra (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim) for infection or will it cause seizure?

If i had one seizure in the past 16 ears  and take Dilantin can I take septra (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim) for infection or will it cause seizure?

Avoid unnecessary : As a rule we are all too dependent on medication. Whenever we feel a little ill, we expect a medication to make us better. We also feel that if we are given a medication to take, we must continue taking it or will be sick again. Both these issues are not always valid. Do you need these medications? Can you lead a healthy life and avoid the need for medication? Try to avoid risks. ...Read more

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