Bactrim is a combination of two antibiotic mediations: sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim which is indicated for the treatment of a number of bacterial infections including the following: middle ear, respiratory, urine, and intestinal infections. Besides, it can be taken to prevent and treat a certain type of pneumonia.
Bactrim is effective against certain types of infection, but doesn’t work for viral infections.
Improper bactrim uses might decrease its effectiveness.
Bactrim is taken by mouth with a full glass of water. If you suffer from a stomach upset, this medication can be taken with food or milk. It is recommended to drink additional amount of fluids while using this drug in order to decrease the possible risk of kidney stones forming.
Bactrim dosage is based on the patient’s medical condition and response to the therapy.
Any antibiotic medications work most effectively when the amount of the medicine in the body is maintained at a constant level, hence use Bactrim at regular intervals.
It is important to take Bactrim antibiotic medication for the full prescribed period of time even if your symptoms improve within a few days. In other case, your bacteria can continue to grow.
In case your condition gets worse during the therapy, notify your healthcare provider about that.
Before prescribing this drug, the medical professional will always weigh the benefits and the possible risks of the treatment.
This medication can provoke certain adverse reactions. If you suffer from nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, or bad appetite, tell your doctor about that, especially if these reactions persist or get worse.
Seek a medical help without a delay if any of the following serious bactrim side effects occur: muscle weakness, mood changes, bloody urine or change in its amount.
Besides, Bactrim is associated with some rare but serious adverse effects which require immediate medical attention. Among them are such as: severe headache, neck stiffness, and seizures.
In rare cases this antibiotic medication can provoke serious, life-dangerous allergic reactions and other side effects including severe peeling skin rash, itching and swelling, difficult breathing, persistent nausea and vomiting, extreme weakness, dark urine, blood disorders, liver damage, or lung injury. If any of them is observed, get medical help immediately. Besides,
This medication can also provoke severe intestinal condition. It is not advisable to use anti-diarrhea remedies. Let your doctor know if you suffer from such conditions as persistent diarrhea, abdominal pain or stomach cramps, or bloody stool.
If you take bactrim antibiotic for a prolonged period of time or use it quite often, it might lead to oral thrush or a new yeast infection.
People, allergic to sulfa medications or trimethoprim or who have any other allergies, including allergies for foods, should notify their medical provider about that.
Before the treatment with Bactrim antibiotic medication discuss your medical history as well as your current health conditions with your healthcare provider. Tell your doctor about such conditions as kidney disease, liver disease, any blood disorders, allergies, asthma, as well as any others, if you have any.
Bactrim causes sensitivity to the sun, so prolonged sun exposure, going to the tanning booths, or using sunlamps should be avoided.
The use of Bactrim in elder patients should be determined by the medical professional. These groups of patients are more sensitive to the side effects of this antibiotic medication, hence it should be used with caution.
Patients who have AIDS are also more sensitive to the side effects of Bactrim, particularly such skin reactions are likely to occur: fever and blood disorders.
Pregnant women are recommended to use Bactrim only if other treatments cannot be used for some reasons.
Bactrim passes into breast milk. In fact, there is no information whether this drug might cause harm to the child, but it is known that this medication can have unwanted effects on premature infants or those having certain health conditions such as jaundice, high blood levels of bilirubin, and some others.
Bactrim should be avoided in children below 2 months of age as serious side effects can occur.
If Bactrim is used together with certain other drugs, drug interactions might change the effects of both drugs or increase the risk for severe side reactions. In order to avoid this, tell your medical provider or pharmacist about all the medications you are currently taking. Never start, stop, or change the prescribed dosage of any medications without consulting with your doctor first.
Among the medications that can cause unwanted interactions with Bactrim are: blood thinners, cyclosporine, dofetilide, hydantoins, methotrexate, methenamine, live vaccines, and a number of others.
Be aware that some antibiotic medications can decrease the effectiveness of birth-control pills, so use some other birth control methods during the treatment with Bactrim antibiotic.