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Bactrim (Sulfamethoxazole and Trimethoprim)
Bactrim is a combination antibiotic that includes both sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim as active ingredients. Antibiotics like sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim treat a wide variety of infections caused by bacteria.
Bactrim is a medicine that is available only with a doctor’s prescription and is utilized in the treatment of ear infections, urinary tract infections, bronchitis, traveler’s diarrhea, shigellosis, and Pneumocystis jiroveci pneumonia.
Only infections that can be demonstrated or are confidently thought to have been caused by the susceptible bacteria should be treated with Bactrim, which is why it is important to seek medical advice either online or from your doctor. This will help prevent the development of bacteria that are resistant to other drugs and will also keep Bactrim from becoming less effective over time.
What is Bactrim Prescribed For?
Bactrim can be used to treat and prevent bacterial infections, such as ear infections, urinary tract infections, and other conditions as directed by your doctor. It achieves its effect by inhibiting the growth of bacteria. It is not recommended to use this for the treatment of any other kinds of infections. Adults and children older than 2 months are allowed to use it according to the instructions. It is available as a liquid.
How Does Bactrim Work?
Both sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim prevent the formation of dihydrofolic acid and tetrahydrofolic acid, which are both significant steps in the formation of nucleic acids and proteins that are essential to many types of bacteria. Sulfamethoxazole stops bacteria from making dihydrofolic acid. Trimethoprim prevents the formation of tetrahydrofolic.
Antibiotics are the general name for the type of medication that Bactrim belongs to. The sulfamethoxazole component belongs to the class of medications known as sulfonamides, and the trimethoprim component belongs to the class of medications known as folic acid inhibitors. Together, these two components make up the sulfamethoxazole antibiotic.
What are the Side Effects of Bactrim?
Some of the common side effects of Bactrim may include gastrointestinal issues such as nausea, vomiting, loss of appetite, and skin rashes.
If you experience symptoms of an allergic reaction to Bactrim, such as hives, coughing, chest pain, shortness of breath, swelling in your face or throat, or swelling in your mouth or throat, you should seek immediate medical attention (fever, sore throat, burning eyes, skin pain, red or purple skin rash with blistering and peeling).
If you have a severe reaction to a drug that affects many different parts of your body, you should seek medical treatment. There is a possibility that you will experience the following symptoms: a rash on your skin, fever, swollen glands, joint pain, muscle aches, severe weakness, pale skin, unusual bruising, or yellowing of your eyes or skin.
How to Use Bactrim?
Take Bactrim precisely as directed by your healthcare provider. Read all of the medication guides or instruction sheets that come with your medication, and make sure to follow all of the directions that are printed on the prescription label.
Consume plenty of fluids to avoid developing kidney stones.
Antibiotic medicines can cause diarrhea. Notify your primary care physician if you experience diarrhea that is bloody or watery.
Continue taking Bactrim even if you experience a rapid improvement in your symptoms. It is possible that skipping doses will cause your infection to become resistant to the medication. Bactrim is not effective in treating infections caused by viruses (flu or a common cold).
You might need to have tests done on your blood and urine, and depending on the outcomes, your doctor might decide to stop giving you this medication.
Bactrim should be kept at room temperature and kept away from heat, moisture, and light. Do not refrigerate.
For more detailed information about Bactrim, you can refer to the following sources:
- Bactrim prescription label, Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
- Bactrim, Drugs.com.
- Sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim, Drugs.com.
- Trimethoprim Sulfamethoxazole, U.S. National Library of Medicine.
The content on this page has been medically reviewed for accuracy and comprehensiveness by Amy Dougherty, FNP-BC, AGAC
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If you are experiencing high fever (>103F/39.4C), shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, chest pain, heart palpitations, abnormal bruising, abnormal bleeding, extreme fatigue, dizziness, new weakness or paralysis, difficulty with speech, confusion, extreme pain in any body part, or inability to remain hydrated or keep down fluids or feel you may have any other life-threatening condition, please go to the emergency department or call 911 immediately.
Frequently asked questions
Can you get Bactrim over-the-counter (OTC)?
No, you cannot buy Bactrim or other antibiotics over the counter. This is done to prevent people from taking them unnecessarily and creating resistance to antibiotics.
How do I get a prescription for Bactrim?
After completing an online medical evaluation, a licensed physician will be able to prescribe Bactrim for you. If your physician believes that you could benefit from taking Bactrim, then they will be able to electronically transmit a prescription for the medication to the pharmacy that is most convenient for you. To get started, please contact us as soon as possible to schedule an online appointment with one of our qualified doctors.
Can you get a Bactrim prescription online?
Yes. Contact us and arrange an appointment to speak to one of our doctors who will give you a Bactrim prescription online if appropriate.
What to avoid while using Bactrim?
Some medications, such as blood thinners (like warfarin), dofetilide, methenamine, and methotrexate, may have an adverse reaction when combined with this medication.
This product has the potential to disrupt certain laboratory procedures, which could result in inaccurate test results. Make sure the people working in the lab and all of your physicians are aware that you use this product.
How do I get an online prescription for Bactrim?
To get an online prescription for Bactrim you will have to set up an account with us, download the DrHouse app and make an on-demand visit with one of our board-certified clinicians.
Is it legal to prescribe Bactrim online?
Yes, DrHouse has developed a telemedicine platform that enables our providers to practice medicine and take care of patients remotely. Every medical professional you interact with has been licensed by their respective state to prescribe medications and treat patients.