Bactrim
DESCRIPTION

Bactrim is an antibiotic that has two primary active ingredients in its composition. Bactrim consists of a combination of both trimethoprim and sulfamethoxazole. Bactrim is ingested as a tablet.

How It Works

Trimethoprim and sulfamethoxazole work together towards the same purpose when eliminating bacteria. These two substances prevent the bacteria from producing folate. Folate is a vital part of the bacterial division process, allowing them to increase in population. When the folate is not produced anymore, the reproduction proceedings are halted. As a result, there is no more spread of the bacteria throughout the body.

Uses

Bactrim can be given to patients to treat urinary tract infections, ear infections, bronchitis, Pneumocystis jiroveci pneumonia, shigellosis, and traveler’s diarrhea.

Dosage

There is often a considerable amount of variation regarding how much of Bactrim each person is given. The measure is decided once a doctor is able to determine the location and the seriousness of the infection. Therefore, each dose is specific to different individuals. It is due to this process that it is important to get a medical consultation prior to consuming Bactrim.

One of the more important aspects of the Bactrim treatment process is continuous usage. Ending or minimizing usage before you are supposed to, could cause your symptoms to flare up once more.

For the case of urinary tract infections and Shigellosis, two Bactrim tablets should be taken every 12 hours. This pattern should continue for about 10 days to two weeks for UTIs and 5 days for Shigellosis.

With most other ailments, Bactrim is given according to the weight. Depending on how much an individual weighs, they may be required to take between 1 to 5 tablets. This is often taken every six hours.

Side Effects

There remains the potential for certain contradictory effects to arise when taking Bactrim. You may be able to detect:

Increase of gas in the digestive tract
Sensation of constant movement
Unhappy emotions
Skin is more sensitive to sunlight
A lack of emotion
Increased agitation
Changes in color or appearance of skin
Sensory, auditory, or visual hallucinations

These may be some of the changes that you may be able to observe. You may also be able to perceive other transformations in your physical or mental state. If these continue to be a problem for you, you should seek some medical attendance.

Precautions

Bactrim use should be deterred for people who:

Have experienced increased sensitivity to Bactrim
Younger than two months old
Have been diagnosed with anemia, particularly due to a folic acid deficiency
Low levels of platelets caused by sulfa or trimethoprim ingestion
Life-threatening kidney or liver conditions

A medical consultant should be enlightened if these are some of the medical issues that you have:

Malnutrition
a glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase or folic acid deficiency
Asthma
Serious allergies
AIDS
Severe thyroid issues
Porphyria

Self-Care

It has been determined that Bactrim could prove harmful to fetuses. As a result, this should not be ingested by mothers who are expecting. It is important that you take the necessary measures to make sure that you do not get pregnant during the course of Bactrim treatment.

You should speak to a medical consultant about whether it is safe for you to breastfeed or not.

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