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What is Septra DS used for?
While Bacterial and viral infections are very similar, they are very different as well. However both are caused by microbes, and they spread through symptoms such as coughing and sneezing, contact with infected people especially through kissing and sex, contact with any contaminated surfaces, food, or water, contact with infected creatures such as pets, livestock and insects such as fleas and ticks.
This medication is a combination of two antibiotics: Sulfamethoxazole and Trimethoprim. It is primarly used to treat a wide variety of bacterial infections such as middle ear, urine, respiratory, and intestinal infections. It is also used to prevent and treat a certain type of pneumonia. This is an infection in your lungs caused by the bacteria. And it is commonly found with those with weaker immune systems, such as those infected with HIV.
This medication only is used for bacterial infections. It will not work for viral infections such as the common cold or flu. Unnecessary misuse of any antibiotic can lead to have a decrease in its effect for any future infections
Take this medication by mouth, or as directed to you by your doctor.Take this medication with a glass full of water. If an upset stomach occurs, take it with food or milk.
Be sure to drink plenty of fluids while on this medication to lower any risk of kidney stones forming and remember dose is based on your medical condition and your overall response to the treatment.
For the best effect, take this antibiotic at evenly spaced times. To help you remember, take this medication at the same time every day.
Before taking this medication, it is best to advise your doctor if you are allergic Sulfamethoxazole or Trimethoprim; or allergic to sulfa medications or trimethoprim; or to any other medications or allergies in general. This product may contain inactive ingredients, which can cause allergic reactions or other problems.
It is best to inform your doctor of your medical history. Therefore, it is best to speak with your doctor if you have ever suffered from any of the following; kidney disease, liver disease, certain blood disorders (such as porphyria, anemia due to folate vitamin deficiency), history of blood disorders caused by trimethoprim or sulfa medications, vitamin deficiency (folate or folic acid), severe allergies, asthma, decreased bone marrow function (bone marrow suppression), a certain metabolic disorder (G6PD deficiency), underactive thyroid, mineral imbalances (such as high level of potassium or low level of sodium in the blood).
This medication may cause live bacterial vaccines (such as typhoid vaccine) to not work as well. Do not have any immunizations/vaccinations while using this medication unless your doctor tells you to.
While minor, some of these side effects may occur. They are as follows; Nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and loss of appetite may occur. However if any of these persist or worsen, it’s best to speak with your doctor right away.
Tell your doctor right away if you have any serious side effects, including: muscle weakness, mental/mood changes, signs of kidney problems (such as change in the amount of urine, blood in the urine), extreme drowsiness, signs of low blood sugar (such as sudden sweating, shaking, fast heartbeat, hunger, blurred vision, dizziness, or tingling hands/feet).
Get medical help right away if you have any very serious side effects, including: persistent headache, neck stiffness, seizures, slow/irregular heartbeat.
This medication may rarely cause serious (possibly fatal) allergic reactions and other side effects such as a severe peeling skin rash (such as Stevens-Johnson syndrome), blood disorders (such as agranulocytosis, aplastic anemia), liver damage, or lung injury. If you notice any of the following, get medical help right away: skin rash/blisters, itching/swelling (especially of the face/tongue/throat), persistent sore throat or fever, paleness, joint pain/aches, persistent cough, trouble breathing, easy bleeding/bruising, yellowing eyes or skin, persistent nausea/vomiting, unusual fatigue, dark urine.
A very serious allergic reaction to this drug is rare. However, get medical help right away if you notice any symptoms of a serious allergic reaction, including: rash, itching/swelling (especially of the face/tongue/throat), severe dizziness, trouble breathing.
What happens if I suddenly stop taking this medication?
There may be a relapse in symptoms as well as side effects. You should speak your doctor before stop taking this medication.
What is the best dosage to take?
The diagnosis with your doctor will be able to determine the best dosage for your treatment. Work with your doctor closely for dosage and dosing schedules.
What happens if I miss a dose?
You should take the missed dose as soon you realize you have forgotten. If the forgotten dose is closer to your next scheduled dose, take the next schedule dose to avoid overlapping in dose.
What is the best way to store this medication?
This medication is stored at room temperature, and should be kept away from children and pets. Do not throw away this medication in the wastebasket. If you are uncertain how to dispose of this medication speak with your pharmacist for help in safely disposing of this medication.
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