Bactrim contains a combination of sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim

Bactrim contains a combination of sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim. Sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim are are both antibiotics that treat different types of infection caused by bacteria.Bactrim is used to treat ear infections, urinary tract infections, bronchitis, traveler’s diarrhea, shigellosis, and Pneumocystis jiroveci pneumonia.

Precautions:

You should not use Bactrim if you are allergic to sulfamethoxazole or trimethoprim, or if you have:

  • severe liver or kidney disease;
  • anemia (low red blood cells) caused by folic acid deficiency; or
  • a history of low blood platelets caused by taking trimethoprim or any sulfa drug.
  • To make sure this drug is safe for you, tell your doctor if you have:
  • kidney or liver disease;
  • a folic acid deficiency;
  • asthma or severe allergies;
  • a thyroid disorder;
  • HIV or AIDS;
  • porphyria (a genetic enzyme disorder that causes symptoms affecting the skin or nervous system);
  • a glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase deficiency (G6PD deficiency); or
  • if you are malnourished.

What should I avoid?

  • Antibiotic medicines can cause diarrhea, which may be a sign of a new infection. If you have diarrhea that is watery or bloody, stop taking this medication and call your doctor. Do not use anti-diarrhea medicine unless your doctor tells you to.
  • Avoid exposure to sunlight or tanning beds. This medication can make you sunburn more easily. Wear protective clothing and use sunscreen (SPF 30 or higher) when you are outdoors.

Storage:

Store at room temperature. Protect from heat, light and moisture. Keep away from each of children.
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