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Septra (Definition)

Septra is a streptogramin which is a kind of anti-bacterial ...Read more


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Been having testicular pain for 2 months now since I moved a table, had hernia repair 8 years ago, was at the urologist yesterday sent me to take septra ds now, I have no infection in urine culture, or no elevated white blood cells, should I take it?

Been having testicular pain for 2 months now since I moved a table, had hernia repair 8 years ago, was at the urologist yesterday sent me to take septra ds now, I have no infection in urine culture, or no elevated white blood cells, should I take it?

It sounds like: You and your Urologist did not come to the meeting of the minds of mutual understanding! I agree. From your report there doesn't seem to be an indication for the antibiotic but perhaps there is another facet of the case that you failed to understand or the doctor failed to communicate. Contact the doctor, ask for more explanation for antibiotic recommendation. If still unsure, seek 2nd opinion. ...Read more

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I have a UTI & have been on medication for 4 days now with 6 days worth of pills left (septra), is it normal to still be urinating blood after 4 days?

I have a UTI & have been on medication for 4 days now with 6 days worth of pills left (septra), is it normal to still be urinating blood after 4 days?

Discuss with your MD: If you get a good antibiotic for the infection, usually you will get improvement in 2-3 days. Having said that, it is possible to still have blood in the urine- especially if you also have kidney stones. how is other symptoms by the way? Is it getting better? I would suggest you to discuss with your doctor to check what is the result of the urine cultures- to make sure you get the right antibiotic ...Read more

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Is it likely for my UTI to clear up after three days of taking septra (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim) ds?

Is it likely for my UTI to clear up after three days of taking septra (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim) ds?

UTI: 3 days is the recommended duration of treatment for UTI in females. So yes it should clear up unless if the bacteria is resistant to it. ...Read more

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Uti septra (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim) ds side effects?

Uti septra (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim) ds side effects?

Overall rather safe: Allergic side effects: skin rash, urticaria, photosensitivity, rarely - anaphylaxis, stevens-johnson syndrome. Gastro-intestinal: diarrhea, nausea, abdominal pain, anorexia, stomatitis & rarely hepatitis. Kidney: interstitial nephritis, BUN & creatinine elevation & rarely kidney failure. Mood changes, cough & shortness of breath, easy bruising, weakness, insomnia, fatigue. Any changes noted? Se. ...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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Can septra (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim) ds help infection in your gums and teeth?

Can septra (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim) ds help infection in your gums and teeth?

No: No antibiotic can help infections of the teeth (cavities). Infection of the pulp (nerve, artery and vein) can be helped temporarily with septra (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim). Gum infections usually do not respond. ...Read more

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Is septra (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim) ds prescribed for strep throat?

Is septra (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim) ds prescribed for strep throat?

Sulfa for Strep: Sulfonamide drugs were frequently used for Strep throat in the 1930s but fell out of favor approximately 10 years later when it was felt that bacterial resistance has developed. However, at least one study has proven this to be false, and sulfonamide drugs may be useful for this infection in patients with allergies to more traditionally used antibiotics or with multiple infections.
J Clin Microbiol. Dec 2012; 50 (12): 4067–4072. ...Read more

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Venos leg ulcer, suspected infection, is septra (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim) ds safe to use or do I need a stronger antibiotic, if so which one?

Venos leg ulcer, suspected infection, is septra (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim) ds safe to use or do I need a stronger antibiotic, if so which one?

See vein specialist: Leg ulcers are often caused by chronic venous insufficiency which is a problem that causes to much pressure to be in the veins near the skin. A venous specialist can diagnose and treat this condition. Our cure rate with venous ulcers is 97%. If it is infected I would recommend seeing a physician ASAP as these infections can progress quickly due to poor circulation. ...Read more

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Cactus spine remvd from hand 3 days ago, tetanus shot & septra (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim) ds 2x.Finger is now swollen, painful& ibu not helping w/ pain or swelling. Age 41 female?

Cactus spine remvd from hand 3 days ago, tetanus shot & septra (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim) ds 2x.Finger is now swollen, painful& ibu not helping w/ pain or swelling. Age 41 female?

If this is change in: Status of finger then it needs to be rechecked. Swelling, redness, heat, increased tenderness, purulent drainage or red streaks are all signs that infection may have set in. Take care. ...Read more

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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

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Taking Septra and using bactroban on Impetigo. Its not crusted looks like pink, light brown peeled skin. Do they still need to covered with bandages?

Taking Septra and using bactroban on Impetigo. Its not crusted looks like pink, light brown peeled skin. Do they still need to covered with bandages?

No need to cover: You are being treated with Antibiotics for Impetigo and unless there is drainage you don't need to cover the lesions and they will eventually dry and scabs will fall ...Read more

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Is it ok to take phenazopyrid with a septra (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim)?

DrugDrug interaction: Always tell your prescribing physician & dispensing pharmacist everything you take, whether prescription or otc. Include herbs & dietary supplements, too. Several drug-drug interaction checkers are available online. I like www. Epocrates. Com & www. Drugs. Com. Latter says safe to take together: http://www. Drugs. Com/interactions-check. Php? Drug_list=1835-0, 2128-1385. In fact, such a combo pill exists! ...Read more

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

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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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Can I take septra (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim) while taking suboxen?

Yes: There is no interaction between sulfa medications and buprenorphine. However, it is in your best interest to make sure that anyone prescribing to you knows all the medication your are on. Also, get all your medication from one pharmacy, or make sure that other pharmacies know what meds you are on. They all have computerized drug-interaction checkers now, and will generally flag any problem meds. ...Read more

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Can I take phenazopyrid with septra (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim)?

DrugDrug interaction: Always tell your prescribing physician & dispensing pharmacist everything you take, whether prescription or otc. Include herbs & dietary supplements, too. Several drug-drug interaction checkers are available online. I like www. Epocrates. Com & www. Drugs. Com. Latter says safe to take together: http://www. Drugs. Com/interactions-check. Php? Drug_list=1835-0, 2128-1385. In fact, such a combo pill exists! ...Read more

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I had an uTI and was prescribed Septra. 18 hours after taking my first dose I took an STI test, results negative. Are these results reliable?

I had an uTI and was prescribed Septra. 18 hours after taking my first dose I took an STI test, results negative. Are these results reliable?

Probably so: Your STI results are almost certainly reliable. Septra isn't the best choice of antibiotic to treat STIs, but it may treat it anyway. Overall, highly likely the results are reliable. ...Read more

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I am currently on septra (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim) and toredol. I developed a cold, is it okay to take neocitran? If not, what can I take?

Septra (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim) with cold: Septra (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim) is an antibiotic. If you have multiple non-focal symptoms (i.e. Cough, congestion etc) it is most likely a virus that septa will not help. Toradol is similar to Ibuprofen and will reduce symptoms related to inflammation such a sore throat. Unfortunately there is not cure for virus, symptomatic treatment is best. ...Read more

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I have a sinus infection but only have 5 day dose of amoxicillin and 5 day dose of Septra. Together it gives me a full 10 days. Can I start with 1 and?

I have a sinus infection but only have 5 day dose of amoxicillin and 5 day dose of Septra. Together it gives me a full 10 days. Can I start with 1 and?

Yes.: Hi, Thank you for your question.

That looks like more than enough for sinus infection.
Take your medications as prescribed by your physician.

Hope that helps. Contact me if you have any other questions :-)
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How long does a septra (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim) rash last?

How long does a septra (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim) rash last?

1 week or so: Depending on the severity it can last a couple days to 10-14 days but usually less. ..Depends on how long you took the med and when you stopped it in relation to the onset of the rash. ...Read more

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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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How long will my stye last if on septra (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim)?

How long will my stye last if on septra (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim)?

Stye: Even on antibiotics, a stye may persist, because the fibrous core is very difficult to eliminate. Hot compresses and topical antibiotic may help. If the stye persists, it may need to be drained by your ophthalmologist. ...Read more

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

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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