Bactrim DS is an anti-microbial agent that is primarily used to treat bacterial infections, especially those in the urinary tract, gastrointestinal tract and respiratory tract. It is a combination medicine that is composed of Sulphamethoxazole and Trimethoprim.
|Uses||Gastrointestinal Infections, Urinary Tract Infections, Pneumonia, Whipple’s Disease, As Prophylaxis in Neutropenic Patients|
|Composition||Sulphamethoxazole (800 mg) + Trimethoprim (160 mg)|
|Side Effects||Nausea, Vomiting, Stomatitis, Depression, Headache, Hallucinations, Anaemia, Renal Impairment, Glossitis, Neutropenia, Rashes, Pulmonary Infiltrates (in patients suffering from AIDS)|
|Precautions||Hypersensitivity, Anaemia, Hypoglycaemia, Liver Diseases, Renal Impairment, Pregnancy, Lactation|
Bactrim is manufactured and marketed by Abbott and is available in the form of syrup as well as capsules.
Bactrim DS is an anti-microbial drug that is primarily used to treat and prevent bacterial infections. It is used in the treatment of following diseases and conditions:
Bactrim DS is also used as a prophylaxis or preventive treatment in patients suffering from neutropenia (lack of neutrophils).
Apart from the intended effects of the medicines, the use of this medicine may cause the occurrence of certain side-effects in some cases. Some of the possible side effects that may be experienced with the consumption of
Bactrim DS Tablets are as follows:
In case the patient experiences any side effect (listed or not listed above) during the consumption of this medicine, a doctor should be consulted immediately to seek remedial action.
The patient should administer Bactrim DS Tablets in accordance with the instructions given by the doctor. Doctors usually prescribe one table of Bactrim DS, every 12 to 15 hours. However, the dosage may vary with the severity of the ailment to be treated. A few other factors that help in deciding the dosage of the medicine are the BMI of the patient, age of the patient and other underlying health concerns.
Bactrim DS is a combination medicine that is composed of two active ingredients, namely:
The medicine shows anti-microbial properties and thus is used to treat and prevent bacterial infections.
Bactrim DS Tablets should be consumed as per the prescription of the doctor or the patient should follow the directions prescribed on the label. One must not increase or decrease the dosage without consulting the doctor. It is advised to swallow the tablet as a whole, without chewing, crushing or breaking it.
Bactrim DS Tablet should be consumed with food or milk to avoid an upset stomach. Also, it is advised to drink plenty of fluid during the consumption of Bactrim DS in order to prevent kidney stones.
Bactrim DS is an antimicrobial drug that contains Sulfamethoxazole and Trimethoprim as its active ingredient. The two ingredients work by restricting the growth of the bacteria in the body. The ingredients inhibit the growth of bacteria through biosynthesis of nucleic acids and proteins essential to bacteria.
Bactrim DS is an anti-microbial agent that is prescribed to treat and prevent bacterial infections. Doctors may prescribe this medicine to cure infections in the urinary tract, gastrointestinal tract and respiratory tract. In some cases, doctors may prescribe this medicine as a preventive treatment in neutropenic patients.
Following are the precautions that should be kept in mind before and during the consumption of Bactrim DS:
The doctor should be informed :
Bactrim DS should be used cautiously in patients suffering from:
Following is the list of a few medicines that have the same composition and strength as that of Bactrim DS and hence can be used as its substitutes:
Mixing two or more medicines may change how the drug works and may increase the risk of side-effects. A few drugs that may interact negatively with Bactrim DS are:
Interaction of Bactrim DS Table with alcohol may result in some adverse effects or reduced efficacy of the drug. Hence, it is advisable to discontinue the consumption of alcohol during the course of treatment.
Bactrim DS Tablet should be avoided by the patients suffering from:
It is advised to stop the consumption of the following food items during the course of treatment with Bactrim DS:
Following are the variants of Bactrim:
Bactrim DS is also available in suspension form as Bactrim Syrup with the following composition:
Taking Bactrim Ds Tablet in combination with other over the counter medicines, herbal medicines or vitamin supplements may increase the risk of its side effects. A few drugs that should never be taken with Bactrim DS Tablets are:
|Variant||Price (in INR)||Quantity|
|Bactrim DS Tablet||14.22||10 Tablets|
Ans: Bactrim DS Tablet is an antimicrobial drug that is primarily used to treat and prevent bacterial infections in the gastrointestinal tract, respiratory tract and urinary tract. It may also be used as a preventive treatment in patients suffering from neutropenia.
Ans: Bactrim DS Tablet is primarily used to treat bacterial infections, pneumocystis pneumonia, and Whipple's disease.
Ans: Bactrim DS does not usually show side effects. However, in certain cases, it may show certain side effects such as nausea, vomiting, stomatitis, depression, headache, hallucinations, anemia, renal impairment, glossitis, neutropenia, rashes and pulmonary infiltrates (in patients suffering from AIDS).
Ans: No, Bactrim DS is not reported to exhibit habit-forming tendencies. Consult a doctor to know more about the nature of this medicine.
Ans: Ideally, Bactrim DS Tablet should be consumed with food or milk so as to avoid an upset stomach. Rest, one should follow the doctor’s advice for the same.
Ans: Although it is always recommended to check the expiry date of the medicine before administering it, a single expired dose of Bactrim DS Tablet may not cause any severe side effect. However, it must be noted that the efficacy of the medicine may be affected as an expired tablet will not be as effective in treating the symptoms. Also, in case the patient experiences any discomfort after the consumption of an expired dosage, a doctor must be consulted immediately to seek remedial action.
Ans: Yes, it is absolutely safe to drive post-consuming Bactrim DS Tablet. However, in case the patient feels drowsiness or dizziness, he or she must refrain from doing activities that require concentration or alertness.
Ans: No, Bactrim DS Tablet is not an over-the-counter medicine. It legally requires a prescription to be dispensed as it is a prescription-only drug.
Ans: Overdosing on Bactrim DS Tablet may show serious side effects or drug toxicity and thus one should refrain from taking an overdose. However, if an overdose is suspected, one must seek immediate medical attention.
Ans: Missing a single dose of Bactrim DS Tablet may not cause much effect. However, for a medicine to work properly some concentration of medicine should always be present in the body. If a patient continuously misses the dose of the Bactrim DS, the medicine may not be able to completely cure the ailment it has been prescribed for.
Ans: No. Use of Bactrim DS Tablet is not recommended by pregnant women. One must consult a doctor for case-specific recommendations.
Ans: No, use of Bactrim DS Tabletis strictly prohibited by lactating mothers. This is because the medicine may adversely affect the health of the nursing infant. If absolutely necessary, lactating mothers must refrain from breastfeeding the infant until the medicine is completely eliminated from the body. For case-specific recommendations, consult a doctor.
Ans: Bactrim DS Tablets should be administered cautiously by people above the age of 60 years. This is because the medicine poses an increased risk of blood disorders, bruising and abnormal bleeding in the elderly people.
Ans: No, it is not advisable to consume alcohol during the course of treatment with. Their interaction may result in adverse effects.
Ans: No. Bactrim DS is not banned in India. However, it is a prescription only medicine that needs a prescription to be dispensed.
Ans: It usually takes 24 hours for antibiotics to start working. However, it could take several days to show visible effects.
Ans: No, Bactrim usually does not cause sleepiness. However, when an overdose is taken, it may result in unusual sickness, dizziness, depressed or confusion.
Ans: No, Bactrim does not treat strep throat. Since this medicine does not remove the organisms from the body, it doesn’t treat the condition; rather it may result in drug resistance.
Ans: Amoxicillin is a penicillin antibiotic and Bacterium is a sulfur-containing antibiotic. It is difficult to tell which one of them is a better antibiotic. However, for patients who are allergic to penicillin antibiotic may use Bactrim (or any other sulfur containing antibiotic) as a substitute.
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