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Generic Bactrim DS 800/160 mg
Category : Antibiotic/Anti-infectives Contents : sulphamethoxazole 800mg + trimethoprim160 mg
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bactrim, trimethoprim – sulfamethoxazole (co-trimoxazole) is an antibacterial combination drug, is prescribed for the treatment of certain urinary tract infections, severe middle ear infections in children, long-lasting or frequently recurring bronchitis in adults that has increased in seriousness, inflammation of the intestine due to a severe bacterial infection, and travelers\' diarrhea in adults. bactrim is also prescribed for the treatment of pneumocystis carinii pneumonia, and for prevention of this type of pneumonia in people with weakened immune systems.
cotrimoxazole is a combination of sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim in a ratio of 5:1 or 1:2. trimethoprim and sulfamethoxazole both block the production of folic acid, a necessary chemical for both bacteria and humans, and each is an effective antibiotic when used alone. for more information on the individual drugs, please visit their respective sites in the pharmacy section. cotrimoxazole was approved by the fda in 1973.
it is important that you drink plenty of fluids while taking bactrim in order to prevent sediment in the urine and the formation of stones.
bactrim works best when there is a constant amount in the blood. take bactrim dosage exactly as prescribed; try not to miss any doses of bactrim. it is best to take doses at evenly spaced times day and night.
if you are taking bactrim suspension, ask your pharmacist for a specially marked measuring spoon that delivers accurate doses.
bactrim dosage for adults:
bactrim dosage for children:
the safety of repeated use of bactrim in children under 2 years of age has not been established.
bactrim dosage for older adults: there may be an increased risk of severe side effects when bactrim is taken by older people, especially in those who have impaired kidney and/or liver function or who are taking other medication. consult with your doctor before taking bactrim..
bactrim overdosage: if you suspect an overdose of bactrim, seek emergency medical attention immediately.
if you miss a dose of bactrim: take the forgotten bactrim dose as soon as you remember. if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the one you missed and go back to your regular schedule. do not take 2 doses of bactrim at once.
storage instructions for bactrim: store bactrim tablets and suspension at room temperature and protect from light. keep tablets in a dry place. protect the suspension from freezing.
preparations of bactrim:
if bactrim is taken with certain other drugs, the effects of bactrim, either could be increased, decreased, or altered. it is especially important to check with your doctor before combining bactrim with the following: amantadine (symmetrel), blood thinners such as coumadin, cyclosporine (neoral, sandimmune), digoxin (lanoxin), indomethacin (indocin), methotrexate (rheumatrex), oral diabetes medications such as micronase and glucotrol, pyrimethamine (daraprim), seizure medications such as dilantin, tricyclic antidepressants such as elavil, norpramin, sinequan, and tofranil, water pills (diuretics) such as hydrodiuril.
special information on bactrim, if you are pregnant or breastfeeding bactrim should not be taken during pregnancy. if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant, notify your doctor immediately.
bactrim does appear in breast milk and could affect a nursing infant. it should not be taken while breastfeeding.
most important fact about bactrim: sulfamethoxazole, an ingredient in bactrim, is one of a group of drugs called sulfonamides, which prevent the growth of bacteria in the body. rare but sometimes fatal reactions have occurred with use of sulfonamides. these reactions include stevens-johnson syndrome (severe eruptions around the mouth, anus, or eyes), progressive disintegration of the outer layer of the skin, sudden and severe liver damage, a severe blood disorder (agranulocytosis), and a lack of red and white blood cells because of a bone marrow disorder. notify your doctor at the first sign of an adverse reaction such as skin rash, sore throat, fever, joint pain, cough, shortness of breath, abnormal skin paleness, reddish or purplish skin spots, or yellowing of the skin or whites of the eyes. frequent blood counts by a doctor are recommended for patients taking sulfonamide drugs.
bactrim side effects cannot be anticipated. if any develop or change in intensity, inform your doctor as soon as possible. only your doctor can determine if it is safe for you to continue taking bactrim.
more common side effects of bactrim: may include, hives, lack or loss of appetite, nausea, skin rash, vomiting.
less common or rare side effects of bactrim: may include abdominal pain, allergic reactions, anemia, chills, convulsions, depression, diarrhea, eye irritation, fatigue, fever, hallucinations, headache, hepatitis, inability to fall or stay asleep, inability to urinate, increased urination, inflammation of heart muscle, inflammation of the mouth and/or tongue, itching, joint pain, kidney failure, lack of feeling or concern, lack of muscle coordination, loss of appetite, low blood sugar, meningitis (inflammation of the brain or spinal cord), muscle pain, nausea, nervousness, red, raised rash, redness and swelling of the tongue, ringing in the ears, scaling of dead skin due to inflammation, sensitivity to light, severe skin welts or swelling, skin eruptions, skin peeling, vertigo, weakness, yellowing of eyes and skin.
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