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   Sulfamethoxazole/trimethoprim

Sulfamethoxazole/trimethoprim
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Treats severe infections caused by bacteria (germs). This medicine is a "sulfa drug" (sulfonamide).

 
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Sulfamethoxazole/trimethoprim

Uses
Treats severe infections caused by bacteria (germs). This medicine is a "sulfa drug" (sulfonamide).

Storage
  • If you store this medicine at home, keep it at room temperature, away from heat and direct light. Throw away used needles in a hard, closed container that the needles cannot poke through.
  • Keep this container away from children and pets. Ask your pharmacist, doctor, or health caregiver about the best way to dispose of any leftover medicine, containers, and other supplies.
  • You will also need to throw away old medicine after the expiration date has passed. Keep all medicine away from children and never share your medicine with anyone.


How To Use
  • APPEARANCE: Injectable. Your doctor will prescribe your exact dose and tell you how often it should be given.
  • This medicine is given through a needle placed in one of your veins. A nurse or other trained health professional will give you this medicine. You may be taught how to give your medicine at home.
  • Make sure you understand all instructions before giving yourself an injection.
  • Do not use more medicine or use it more often than your doctor tells you to. Use a new needle and syringe each time you inject your medicine. Drink extra fluids so you will pass more urine while you are using this medicine.
  • This will keep your kidneys working well and help prevent kidney problems. Keep using this medicine for the full treatment time, even if you feel better after the first few doses.
  • Your infection may not clear up if you stop using the medicine too soon.

Side Effects
  • Call your doctor right away if you notice any of these side effects: Allergic reaction: Itching or hives, swelling in your face or hands, swelling or tingling in your mouth or throat, chest tightness, trouble breathing. Blistering, peeling, red skin rash. Dark-colored urine or pale stools. Diarrhea. Fever, sore throat, pale skin, body aches. Loss of appetite, pain in your upper stomach. Nausea, vomiting, dizziness, confusion. Unusual bleeding, bruising, or weakness. Yellowing of your skin or the whites of your eyes.

Precautions
  • You should not use this medicine if you have had an allergic reaction to trimethoprim, sulfamethoxazole, or any sulfa drug.
  • Do not use this medicine if you are pregnant or breast feeding.
  • You should not use this medicine if you have anemia (a problem with your blood) caused by not having enough folic acid in your body.
  • This medicine should not be given to infants under 2 months of age.

Missed Dose
  • This medicine needs to be given on a fixed schedule.
  • If you miss a dose or forget to use your medicine, call your doctor or pharmacist for instructions.

Drug Interactions
  • Make sure your doctor knows if you have HIV or AIDS, liver disease, kidney disease, asthma, epilepsy (seizures), or G6PD (glucose 6-phosphate dehydrogenase deficiency), or if you drink large amounts of alcohol. Your doctor will need to check your blood or urine at regular visits while you are using this medicine.
  • Be sure to keep all appointments. If you have severe diarrhea, ask your doctor before taking any medicine to stop the diarrhea. Very rarely, this medicine has caused severe side effects.
  • If you start to have a skin rash, or if you think you are having a severe reaction, stop taking this medicine and call your doctor right away.
  • Symptoms of a severe reaction include a sore throat, fever, muscle pain, cough, and trouble breathing.
  • Other symptoms are a skin rash, or the color of your skin turning very pale or yellow, or having purple spots. Make sure any doctor or dentist who treats you knows that you are using this medicine.
  • This medicine may affect the results of certain medical tests.

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