Bactrim DS also known by its generic name as Trimethoprim/Sulfamethoxazole is a drug that is used mainly to treat urinary tract infections (UTI). It also may be prescribed to help fight other infections caused by bacteria as well as in treating traveller’s diarrhea and Bronchitis. This is an antibiotic that will work only for selective viral infections and not work in others such as flu.
How to use Bactrim DS
Bactrim DS drugs should be used only when a urinary tract infection condition has been established. This is important in helping maintain the effectiveness of the drug. Unnecessary use of the drug leads to the body developing resistance to bacteria. For less complicated cases of UTIs, it is recommended that the infections be treated with the use of a single antibacterial agent. This agent should be active enough so as to make a combinational treatment unnecessary.
Bactrim DS Dosage
For a UTI treatment, the normal dosage for an adult is a Bactrim DS tablet for every 12hours for 10-14 days. The physician may, however, recommend a double strength prescription of 2 tablets for the same amount of time. Children below two months cannot be prescribed Bactrim DS because of its side effects. For 2months or older kids, the normal prescription is 40mg/kg. Different UTI cases have different prescriptions, and it is not advised to take Bactrim DS without the prescriptions of a qualified physician which normally succeeds checkups.
Bactrim DS Side Effects
There are some common side effects patients using Bactrim DS should expect to experience. This include:
Loss of appetite
If any of these symptoms persist, contact your physician immediately. You may also experience other severe side effects including moodiness, weakness in the muscles, blood in your urine, an abrupt change of urine, drowsiness and known signs of low blood sugar. Contact your physician right away if any of these side effects occur. These are not all side effects, and you should talk to your physician about those that you are most likely to experience based on the condition being treated and your medical condition. Others may include headaches, seizures, and irregular heartbeats.
Bactrim DS Precautions
Bactrim DS is reactive to other medications or medical conditions. It is advised that before starting on your prescriptions, talk to your physician about your allergy to sulfa medications if you have any. There are inactive ingredients in Bactrim DS that may trigger allergic reactions in your body. If you have any medical history on blood disorders, kidney diseases, deficiencies on vitamins, asthma or decreased bone marrow, talk to your physician. The medicine may affect your blood sugar levels and have profound side effects depending on your medical condition. Due to the side effects related to the drug, it is advised that you talk to your doctor for a thorough check up and considerate prescription. If you are pregnant, planning to get pregnant or breastfeeding, inform your physician before starting on use of Bactrim DS. Your physician will discuss with you on any possible risks and how to curb them during your treatment.