With a powerful combination of the sulfa drug sulfamethoxazole, and also the unique drug trimethoprim, bactrim is used to fight many bacterial infections.
It can be used for infections of the middle ear, the urinary tract, urinary bladder, the respiratory system, sinus, pneumocystis pneumonia and even for vaginitis. It is also used to treat traveler’s diarrhea and other bacterial infections as well.
Children with urinary infections are given this drug, and it has proven to be quite safe. However, it should not be given to babies who are under two months old.
When one has vaginitis, the doctor has to first find the kind of bacterial that is causing the infection. Swab tests have to be taken and analyzed before the doctor can prescribe bactrim.
Do not take this medication to cure common cold and flu. It will not work with viral infections. This drug will stop the growth of bacteria only.
Take the dosage in the prescribed amount, and do not take it beyond the prescribed time period. People above 65 would be better off avoiding this drug.
A word of caution; do not take bactrim if you are anemic, pregnant or are still nursing your baby. The drug can pass from your system through the milk to the baby. This might harm the baby.
Also, if this is the first time you are prescribed this drug, make sure you are not allergic to it. Tell your doctor your medical history and if you have had any previous unpleasant effects with any other sulfa drugs.
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