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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.

Side Effects

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 is Sulfamethoxazole Trimethoprim?

Sulfamethoxazole Trimethoprim are two separate drugs used together in a single medication, sold as Septra DS. Sulfamethoxazole belongs to the drug class called sulfonamide antibiotics and Trimethoprim belongs to the drug class called dihydrofolate reductase inhibitors. Septra contains 800mg of Sulfamethoxazole and 160mg of Trimethoprim, which can be purchased as the generic alternative at My Drug Center. A valid prescription is required to obtain this medication.


What is Sulfamethoxazole TMP DS used for?

Sulfamethoxazole TMP DS is used for the treatment of certain infections caused by bacteria (bacterial infections). To name a few infections one may be prescribed Sulfamethoxazole TMP DS for, includes bacterial infections of the middle ear, urinary tract, respiratory tract, and the intestines. Additionally, this medication may be used for the prevention and treatment of pneumonia, an infection of lungs caused by bacteria, commonly affecting those with HIV due to a weakened immune system.


How much does Septra cost?

The brand-name product can no longer be purchased as the brand-manufacturers have discontinued the medication. In the United States, the average retail price for the generic medication is fairly affordable at most local pharmacies, but it can be found for cheaper when purchased internationally. The generic form of Septra DS can be purchased for $46.00 when you buy a supply of 100 tablets, which is about $30 cheaper than the average retail price in the United States. At My Drug Center, we give you access to these international prices, all you need is a valid prescription.


What are the side effects of Sulfamethoxazole TMP?

Some of the commonly reported side effects of Sulfamethoxazole TMP include nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and loss of appetite. These side effects should not alarm you and should go away over time. If they do persist, or become worse over time, you should consult your doctor as there may be a better medication available for you.


Sulfamethoxazole -TMP how long does it take to work?

The exact amount of time it takes this medication to work will vary between each individual. In general, it could take 1-3 weeks before you notice an improvement. Ask your doctor to find out how long it may take your condition to heal using Sulfamethoxazole –TMP (Septra DS).

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