Bactrim Medicine Information
A healthcare provider may prescribe Bactrim® (sulfamethoxazole/trimethoprim) to treat a variety of different infections. This prescription antibiotic can also be used to prevent one particular infection, Pneumocystis carinii pneumonia, in people with a weakened immune system. However, because Bactrim is not suitable for everyone, make sure to review the prescribing information on Bactrim medicine before starting treatment.
Some people may not be able to take Bactrim if they have certain medical conditions, such as a folic acid deficiency, a thyroid disorder, or anemia. Also, you may not be able to safely use Bactrim if you are currently taking certain medicines (including some vitamins, herbal supplements, and non-prescription medications).
Although most people do not experience problems with this drug, Bactrim can cause side effects. Some of the common side effects include nausea, vomiting, and rashes. Bactrim comes in tablet form, and is typically taken twice a day (although it is taken as frequently as four times daily or as infrequently as once daily for certain uses). This medication works by inhibiting the production of folic acid in bacteria.
(Click Bactrim for a closer look at this antibiotic. This article also explains how Bactrim works, describes potential side effects, and offers some general safety precautions to be aware of before using this drug.)