Bactrim is a combination of antibiotics. It contains a sulfonamide antibiotic and acts by killing sensitive bacteria.
Use Bactrim as it is directed by your doctor according to a label on medicine for exact instructions of a dose.
- Take Bactrim with a full glass of water, drink more water a day during taking Bactrim, unless otherwise directed by your doctor.
- You may take Bactrim with or without food.
- It is preferable to take Baktrim at the same time every day.
- Take Bactrim for the full course of treatment to clear up your infection completely. Continue to take Bactrim even if you feel well in a few days.
- Do not pass any dozes. If you pass doze Bactrim, take it as soon as possible. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and come back to your regular schedule of batching. Do not take 2 dozes at once.
Ask your health care provider any questions you may have about how to use Bactrim.
Bactrim should be stored with care! Keep away from children and pets. Store away from a heat, wetness, and light. Do not store above 25 degrees C.
Bactrim Safety information
Do not use Bactrim if:
- the patient is a child younger than 2 months old.
- you are taking dofetilide;
- you are allergic to any ingredient in Bactrim or to similar medicines;
- you had a severe allergic reaction to any other sulfonamide medicine (eg, glipizide, hydrochlorothiazide);
- you have anemia caused by low levels of folate in the blood or urinary blockage;
- you are in week 38 of pregnancy or later (full-term) or you are breast-feeding;
Contact your doctor if any of these apply to you.
Remember the following about Sulfamethoxazole/Trimethoprim:
- Bactrim only works against bacteria; it does not treat viral infections (e.g., the common cold).
- Bactrim can cause you to become sunburned more easily. Avoid the sun, sunlamps, or tanning booths until you know how you react to it. Use a sunscreen or wear protective clothing if you must be outside.
- If you have stomach pain or cramps, severe diarrhea, or bloody stools occur contact your doctor right away. Do not treat diarrhea without first checking with your doctor.
- Long-term or repeated use of Bactrim may cause a second infection. Tell your doctor if signs of a second infection occur. Your medicine may need to be changed to treat this.
- While you use Bactrim, lab tests, including complete blood cell counts and kidney function tests, may be performed. These tests may be used to monitor your condition or check for side effects. Be sure to keep all doctor and lab appointments.
- You must be ready for use Bactrim for the full course of treatment, if you do not do it, the medicine may not clear up your infection completely. The bacteria could also become less sensitive to this or other medicines. This could make the infection harder to treat in the future.
- For diabetes patients - Bactrim may affect your blood sugar. Check blood sugar levels closely, ask your doctor before you change the dose of your diabetes medicine.
- For children younger than 10 years old who have diarrhea or an infection of the stomach or bowel use Bactrim with extreme caution.
- Because Bactrim may interfere with certain lab tests, tell your doctor and lab personnel that you are taking Bactrim.
- Bactrim is contra-indicated for pregnant after 38th week of pregnancy and for those who are breast feeding.
Bactrim Side Effects
Notify your doctor if appetite loss, nausea or vomiting persist or becomes bothersome:
Seek medical attention right away if any of these severe side effects occur:
- purple patches under the skin;
- bloody or black, tarry stools;
- hard allergic reactions (rash; hives; itching; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue);
- blistered, peeling, red, or swollen skin; chest pain; chills, fever, or sore throat; decreased urination; hard depression with or without hallucinations; irregular heartbeat; joint or muscle pain; painful or stiff neck; seizures; severe diarrhea; severe or persistent cough; severe or persistent headache; severe or persistent nausea or vomiting; shortness of breath; stomach cramps/pain; unusual bruising or bleeding;
- unusual tiredness or weakness; unusually pale skin; yellowing of the skin or eyes.
Bactrim should be used only by the patient for whom it was advised by a doctor.