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trimethoprim-sulfamethoxazole

trimethoprim-sulfamethoxazole

Generic for Bactrim®
Generic for Bactrim®

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Introduction

Trimethoprim-sulfamethoxazole (TMP-SMX, generic for Bactrim) is an antibiotic. It can be used to treat urinary tract infections and skin infections.

When to avoid

TMP-SMX is known to cause birth defects and should not be used by pregnant women. TMP-SMX may cause your skin to be more sensitive to sunlight. Avoid the sun while taking this medication.

When is it dangerous

Avoid if allergic to sulfa drugs. TMP-SMX can cause rare but fatal reactions including life-threatening types of rash (Stevens-Johnson syndrome, toxic epidermal necrolysis), liver failure (fulminant hepatic necrosis), and life-threatening low blood counts (aplastic anemia and thrombocytopenia). TMP-SMX can cause severe diarrhea (including C. difficile diarrhea). Stop taking TMP-SMX at the first sign of any rash.

When is it used

Urinary tract infection TMP-SMX 1 tab by mouth twice a day for 7 days
Skin infection TMP-SMX 1 tab by mouth twice a day for 7 days

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