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Dr. Ira Friedlander
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What infections does sulfameth/trimethoprim 800/160 treat?

What infections does sulfameth/trimethoprim 800/160 treat?

Treatment: It is often used to treat MRSA as well as utis, and ear infections. ...Read more

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Can bactrim (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim) be used to treat hidradenitis suppertiva?

Depends. . .: Bactrim (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim) only works against those bacteria that are sensitive to it, just like diesel fuel is only good for a diesel engine. Check out http://www. Mayoclinic. Com/health/hidradenitis-suppurativa/ds00818 for more info. With that said, if your doc is concerned for MRSA (bacterial w/multiple drug resistance), Bactrim (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim) is an option (http://www. Cdc. Gov/mrsa/treatment/). ...Read more

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Which bacterial infections does sulfameth/trimethoprim treat?

Which bacterial infections does sulfameth/trimethoprim treat?

Many: Sulfa/trimethoprim is active against many bacteria including gram negative bacilli like e. Coli, gram positive cocci like staphylococcus aureus including mrsa. It is also active against the protozoa toxoplasmosis and the fungus pneumocystis carinii. ...Read more

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Can septra (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim) be used to temporarily treat an infected abscess tooth?

Can septra (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim) be used to temporarily treat an infected abscess tooth?

Risky...: I would always see a doctor with an infected abscessed tooth. Infections can get out of control and be life threatening. Please seek a dentist.... ...Read more

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I have a UTI and got Bactrim (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim) today to treat it but I'm having pain on a lump on the back of my head. I'm curious to if its a lymph node and if its norm?

I have a UTI and got Bactrim (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim) today to treat it but I'm having pain on a lump on the back of my head. I'm curious to if its a lymph node and if its norm?

Maybe (not). . .: Urinary tract infections do not cause swollen lymph nodes, especially not so distant as the back of one's head. While this lump could represent a lymph node, it could also be an infected cyst or folliculitis. Since it's painful, please go see your Family Doc for evaluation & appropriate treatment. In the meantime, finish your antibiotics. ...Read more

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I have z pack and bactrim (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim) refills at home can it be used to treat bacterial vaginosis?

I have z pack and bactrim (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim) refills at home can it be used to treat bacterial vaginosis?

No: Neither is a good treatment for BV, but that diagnosis can only be made by a gynecologist. Please see one to be sure you do have BV and have a specific med prescribed. ...Read more

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My BF has been on sulfa/trimethoprim 800 2x day for 8 months to treat skin. Is this affecting his fertility? TTC whole time and negative each month.

My BF has been on sulfa/trimethoprim 800 2x day for 8 months to treat skin. Is this affecting his fertility? TTC whole time and negative each month.

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per google are you taking Toronto Transit Commission or trying to conceive? - suspect the later. BF taking a full dose of antibiotic for a long time. "No adverse effects on fertility or general reproductive performance were observed in rats given oral dosages as high as 350 mg/kg/day sulfamethoxazole plus 70 mg/kg/day trimethoprim." does not appear to be issue in humans either. ...Read more

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Does polymyxin b sulfate and trimethoprim treat stye?

Does polymyxin b sulfate and trimethoprim treat stye?

No: Styes are not infections. Those are antibiotics. This is a common misconception. Warm compresses are the main treatment for styes. ...Read more

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Can bactrim (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim) treat mrsa?

MRSA: Local skin lesions are generally easily treated with Bactrim (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim) or septra, assuming you are not allergic to sulfa drugs. ...Read more

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Does bactrim (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim) treat herpes?

Does bactrim (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim) treat herpes?

No, it does not: Bactrim (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim) (also called Septra or Trimethoprim-Sulfamethoxazole) is an antibiotic for treating bacterial infections. It does not stop viruses. Thus, it does not treat herpes infections, which are caused by viruses. ...Read more

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Is Bactrim (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim) an effective medication to treat Prostatitis?

Is Bactrim (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim) an effective medication to treat Prostatitis?

Yes: Other supportive measures include stool softeners, antipyretics, bed rest. Important to make sure there is no abscess or any other complication. Urological evaluation may be needed, ...Read more

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Does bactrim (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim) treat shingles?

Does bactrim (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim) treat shingles?

No bactrim (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim) for virus: No. Only is there is a secondary infection. Bactrim (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim) is an anti-biotics and works against certain bacteria. Shingles is due to a virus (herpes zoster) virus and antibiotics do not work against viruses. ...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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My two year old was treated with polymyxin b sulfate and trimethoprim. He developed hives all over within five hours. What caused this?

My two year old was treated with polymyxin b sulfate and trimethoprim. He developed hives all over within five hours. What caused this?

Many causes of hives: A 2 year old with hives 5 hours after taking polymyxin and trimethoprim. Hives most commonly occur in kids because of an underlying viral infection. If there is an allergy to a medication, the hives would usually occur within 30 min to an hour after ingestion. The hives could have been related to either medication. See pediatrician or allergist if not resolving with antihistamines ...Read more

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Do you know if bactrim (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim) will help treat my uti? I was prescribed bactrim (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim) before but it didn't help. Will it help me this time for recurrent uti?

Do you know if bactrim (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim) will help treat my uti? I was prescribed bactrim (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim) before but it didn't help. Will it help me this time for recurrent uti?

Same/different bug: Bactrim (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim) is a reasonable choice for UTI treatment, however not all bacteria that cause utis are susceptible to this antibiotic. The gold standard is to have a urine culture of the organism to know its antibiotic sensitivity pattern. Without knowing more specifics or whether the recurrence is the same bug, it is hard to know whether Bactrim (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim) will help this time. ...Read more

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Can bactrim (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim) treat gonorrhea?

Can bactrim (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim) treat gonorrhea?

Not reliably: Sulfamethoxazole-trimethoprim (Bactrim (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim)) might work against gonorrhea but it isn't reliable or recommended. If you are tempted to use Bactrim (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim) left over from some other infection becuase you suspect you have gonorrhea or were exposed... Don't do it! See a doctor or clinic for proper diagnosis and treatment. Good luck! ...Read more

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Does the drug sulfamethoxazole / trimethoprim treat acne I just got it for my acne?

Does the drug sulfamethoxazole / trimethoprim treat acne I just got it for my acne?

Acne sulfa: The drug sulfamethoxazole/trimethoprim would be able to treat acne but except in unusual cases it is not a good drug to treat acne. The main reason is that there are many other safer medications to use for long term treatment, particularly members of the tetracycline family. Rarely a person can have an adverse reaction to sulfa drugs that can be very severe. I have seen 4 people die from it. ...Read more

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Doctor prescribed me sulfamethoxazole/trimethoprim 800mg/160mg to treat a stye, will that work? I've had it for 1month, it popped but came back

Doctor prescribed me sulfamethoxazole/trimethoprim 800mg/160mg to treat a stye, will that work? I've had it for 1month, it popped but came back

Have it checked: If it came back, I would be concerned that it may not be just a stye. It could be a chalazion, which is an inflammation in one of the oil glands that may need to be incised, or something else. I'm would suggest seeing an ophthalmologist who should be able to help you. ...Read more

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I just finished bactrim (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim) ds for inflamed cyst, I also have been having chronic diverticulitis can these antibiotics treat diverticulitis same time?

I just finished bactrim (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim) ds for inflamed cyst, I also have been having chronic diverticulitis can these antibiotics treat diverticulitis same time?

Possibly: However if it is going to work you actually must have a confirmed diagnosis of acute diverticulitis, not chronic diverticulosis. You would need 14 days of antibiotics and a 6 week course of low/no fiber diet. My preference is to confirm diverticulitis by labs, exam and possible CT scan, then initiate the above treatment if confirmed. I prefer levaquin/metronidazole as a more effective antibiotic ...Read more

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Will Bactrim (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim) treat bacterial vaginosis?

Will Bactrim (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim) treat bacterial vaginosis?

BV: The CDC (Centers for Disease Control) recommended treatments for bacterial vaginosis (BV) are metronidazole or clindamycin or tinidazole. Bactrim (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim) is not a recommended treatment for BV. ...Read more

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5 year baby come to my clinic he take bactrim (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim) for deharriea for7day on other day after 2 month he come again to the clinic due to rash, how to treat?

5 year baby come to my clinic he take bactrim (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim) for deharriea for7day on other day after 2 month he come again to the clinic due to rash, how to treat?

Rash: Rash after two months of taking bactrim (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim)? It's not drug rash. This rash needs to be investigated further. To begin with- better history. What does rash look like? Area of distribution of rash? Get this rash evaluated by a md. ...Read more

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Hi I just wanted to know if the antibiotic bactrim (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim) will treat gonorrhea or chlamidya?

Hi I just wanted to know if the antibiotic bactrim (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim) will treat gonorrhea or chlamidya?

Basically no.: Trimethoprim-sulfamethoxazole (bactrim) is ineffective against chlamydia and there is a wide range of antibiotics that can be given for gonorrhea, but Bactrim (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim) is not one of them. Since some gonorrhea is resistant to antibiotics, only a physician can determine which one to use. Recommended therapy for chlamydia is Doxycycline or Azithromycin with fluorinated quinolones also effective. ...Read more

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My daughter has hydronephrosis. No reflux. High levels of creatinine and bun. Doctors want to treat her with long term bactrim (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim). Is this okay?

Definitely not OK: Ideally daughter needs to be seen & managed by pediatric urologist who may advise surgery to relieve any obstruction causing her hydronephrosis & nephrologist regarding her azotemia (elevated BUN & creatinine). Suggest you go to la, los angeles children's hospital or ucla medical center. This is not something to be managed locally in yucaima. Bactrim (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim) not appropriate unless infected & not long term. ...Read more

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If I had a mrsa infection a month ago, folliculitis was treated with Bactrim (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim). Will I be colonized with mrsa from now on? Will I be a carrier?

If I had a mrsa infection a month ago, folliculitis was treated with Bactrim (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim). Will I be colonized with mrsa from now on? Will I be a carrier?

You probably were: For some time prior to the infection. These typically occur from the germs which are on the skin. These tend to stay the same over time. So, if previous MRSA, it is expected to stay there. ...Read more

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How is cholinergic urticaria treated? Had it for 4 years. Antihistamines aren't working. Septra (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim) was the only thing. Once I finished it, it came back.

How is cholinergic urticaria treated? Had it for 4 years. Antihistamines aren't working. Septra (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim) was the only thing. Once I finished it, it came back.

Allergist: Cholinergic urticaria can be very hard to treat me. Typically, I start with antihistamines. Often very high doses are needed. There Are some other options if that isn't working. I recommend seeing a board site certified allergist for further evaluation. Septea is not used for cholinergic urticaria. ...Read more

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I was prescribed bactrim (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim) to treat e. Coli bacteria found on vaginal culture. Readings say that bactrim (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim) is not effective to treat bv. Am I wasting time?

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Maybe (not). . .: Hmmm. . . Bv or bacterial vaginosis isn't caused by e coli nor is it treated by bactrim (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim). Best to go back to prescribing doctor for clarification & possible re-evaluation. Perhaps you were prescribed Bactrim (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim) for bladder infection (UTI) found on urine culture. ...Read more

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