How to Use Bactrim DS to Get the Best Results

Bactrim DS is a prescription used to treat bacterial infections in the body. The combination of drugs in this system is used as antibiotic to help kill off bacteria in the body so the immune system can eliminate the infection more effectively. But Bactrim DS will not work on viral infections such as colds or the flu. Dosing and administration of this medication vary depending on the size of the patient and the severity of the infection. Go over all instructions with your doctor to ensure that you have all the information you need to take your prescription properly.

Bactrim DS Usages

Bactrim DS is one of the brand names for sulfamethoxazole or trimethoprim. Other brand names include Bactrim, Septra, Septra DS, Sulfatrim and Sulfatrim Pediatric. These medications are used to treat infections in the body including traveler's diarrhea, urinary tract infections, middle ear infections, shigellosis and bronchitis. This can also be used in treating or preventing Pneumocystis carinii pneumonia (PCP), which occurs in the body of those whose immune system is not functioning properly. Bactrim DS is available in tablet and suspension form.

Notes: Bactrim DS should be taken with a full glass of water. Patients should continue to drink water throughout the day to help avoid possible side effects of this medication. You should not take more than directed as it can cause a negative reaction. In many cases, you will feel better before your prescription is completed. Do continue to take your medication the full length of your prescribed treatment to ensure that you have eliminated the infection radically. Otherwise your symptoms could return or you could develop a more serious infection that will require other medications to treat.

Bactrim DS Dosage

Because Bactrim DS is available in different strengths, you may be given alternate instructions regarding how many tablets or ounces to take and how often you should take them. Go over all instructions you receive with your doctor to ensure that you are aware of how you should take your medication properly before you start your prescription.

Other groups that may be at risk when using Bactrim DS:

Bactrim DS Side Effects

Note: You should not use alcohol or tobacco while on Bactrim DS. These substances lower your immune system which can make it difficult for your body to fight off the infection effectively. Let your doctor know if you have anemia, alcohol abuse, HIV or AIDS, liver disease, kidney disease, malnutrition, malabsorption syndrome, asthma, allergies or thyroid problems. These conditions may affect how well your body reacts to the medication and how well it is capable of fighting off bacteria based infection.

Bactrim DS Interactions

Medications known to interact negatively with Bactrim DS include Bepridil, cisapride, dofetilide, levomethadyl, mesoridazine, pimozide, terfenadine, and thioridazine. Let your doctor know if you are using any of these medications so that your dosing can be adjusted to avoid a potentially serious reaction.

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