Bactrim is an antibacterial combination drug that is used in the treatment of certain bacterial infections like urinary tract infections, severe middle ear infections in children, severe and continual bronchitis in adults and diarrhea.
You should increase your fluid intake while using Bactrim in order to prevent sedimentation in urine or the formation of bladder stones. Maintain a fixed schedule for taking the drug and stick to it till your doctor asks you to stop taking it.
If you have missed a dose of Bactrim, then you may take it as soon as you remember it. However, if it is nearly time for the next dose then you may skip it and continue with the regular dosage schedule. Do not take a double dose.
Bactrim is available in both, tablet form as well as a suspension. Ensure that you store it in an air tight container and protect it from light. Store at room temperature only. Do not freeze.
The typical symptoms of a Bactrim overdose include Blood or sediment in the urine, colic, confusion, dizziness, mental depression, nausea, unconsciousness, vomiting, yellowed eyes and skin. If you suspect an Bactrim overdose, then seek medical attention immediately.
People who are chronic alcohol addicts, who have an impaired kidney or liver function, have a folic acid deficiency or are taking anticonvulsants should seek medical attention before using Bactrim.
Possible Side Effects
Check with your doctor if any of these most common side effects persist or become bothersome:
appetite loss; nausea; vomiting.
Seek medical attention right away if any of these severe side effects occur:
severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; itching; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue); blistered, peeling, red, or swollen skin; bloody or black, tarry stools; chest pain; chills, fever, or sore throat; decreased urination; depression; hallucinations; irregular heartbeat; joint or muscle pain; painful or stiff neck; purple patches under the skin; seizures; severe diarrhea; severe or persistent cough; severe or persistent headache; severe or persistent nausea or vomiting; shortness of breath; stomach cramps/pain; unusual bruising or bleeding; unusual tiredness or weakness; unusually pale skin; vaginal irritation or discharge; yellowing of the skin or eyes.
Bactrim is to be used only by the patient for whom it is prescribed. Do not share it with other people.
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