What is Bactrim?
Bactrim is an antibiotic used to treat various kinds of bacterial infections including urinary tract infections, ear infections, bronchitis, gastrointestinal tract infections, and skin infections.
How is Bactrim administered?
Bactrim is administered either in liquid form or tablet form.
What are the side effects of Bactrim?
Minor side effects include dizziness, ringing in the ears, joint pain, insomnia, and swollen tongue. These side effects do not require any medical attention unless they become severe.
More significant side effects include allergic reactions (hives, difficulty swallowing or breathing, swelling of the face, lips, or tongue), excessive diarrhea, slow heart rate, numbness or muscle pain, jaundice, fever, sore throat, headache, dark urine, and urinating less than usual or not at all. Should any of these side effects occur, contact your physician immediately.
What drug interactions should be avoided with Bactrim?
Bactrim reacts negatively with a variety of medications including seizure medications, diuretics, and blood thinners (Warfarin, Coumadin). Notify your physician about any other medications you may be taking whether over the counter or prescribed. Also notify your physician as to any vitamin, mineral, or herbal supplements you may be taking.
What if I miss a dose?
If you miss a dose, take one as soon as possible. If you find that the missed dose is discovered too closely to your next scheduled dose, take a single dose – do not double up on the medication.
How should I use this medication?
The entirety of this medication should be taken as prescribed by your doctor. You should not skip doses or stop taking the medication, even if you feel better. Do not take it more often than is directed by your physician; do not take more or less of the medication than prescribed. This medication can be taken with or without food, however if it causes upset to an empty stomach, it may be taken with food.
When taking the medication in liquid form, utilize the dose-measuring device (spoon or cup) to administer the correct amount. If you did not receive a dose-measuring device, contact your pharmacist.
In the case of an overdose, contact the nearest emergency room or poison control center immediately.