Bactrim is an antibiotic, which contains a powerful formula potent to treat a range of bacterial infections. The medication consists of an innovative mix of Trimethoprim and Sulfamethoxazole that affect the bacteria ability to develop, grow and spread around the body. Bactrim is exceptionally effective in treatment of such bacterial infections, as urinary tract infections, ear infections, traveler’s diarrhea, bronchitis, Pneumocystis jiroveci pneumonia and shigellosis. The drug can be also used off-label for multiple other purposes, not mentioned in the safety guide.
Precautions, Warnings and Contraindications
Contact your medical specialist before regular and off-label Bactrim use. The drug is not approved for people, who are:
Allergic to any of its components;
Are less than 2 months old;
Are pregnant or breastfeeding;
Have severe kidney or liver impairments;
Are diagnosed with anemia;
Have a recent history of decreased blood platelets.
Besides, a special dose adjustment may be necessary for people, who experience other underlying or accompanying health complications, especially:
Folic acid deficiency;
Liver or kidney impairments;
Severe allergic reactions;
Glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase deficiency, etc.
Recommendations for Proper Drug Intake
Use the medication in accordance with the safety points determined by a medical specialist and specified in the safety leaflet. It is not advised to change the prescription, as it can lead to serious health problems and abnormalities. Bactrim works the best if administered on a regular basis. Once you skip doses, you risk getting further infections, resistant to antibiotics. Bactrim dose and other specifications will depend on individual patient’s health and related disorders. However, general recommendations remain the same. It is preferable to take Bactrim on a daily basis, at approximately the same time. Drink much water during the course in order to promote proper kidney functioning. Frequent medical tests may be advised by a healthcare provider in order to check success of the therapy.
Side Effects and Misuse Complications
As any other medication, Bactrim may interact with other drugs and pharmaceutical products. Thus, it is essential to inform the doctor about all the prescription and non-prescription drugs, herbal supplements and minerals you are currently taking. Bactrim should never be combined with Leucovorin and Methotrexate.
Seek emergency medical help if the drug use has led to severe allergic reactions or other dangerous complications. Contact your doctor to report other mild to severe abnormalities, especially:
Flu or cold symptoms;
Bloody or watery diarrhea;
Lightheadedness, confusion, increased heart rate;
Decreased range of sodium in the body, etc.