Giving Septra to Children and Treatment Tips

Septra Dosing for Children

The recommended dose of Septra for treating urinary tract infections, ear infections, or Pneumocystis carinii pneumonia in children is based on weight. For Pneumocystis carinii pneumonia prevention, the dose is based on body surface area (which your child's healthcare provider will calculate using your child's weight and height). Septra should never be used in children under two months old.

General Dosing Information

Some considerations for people taking Septra include the following:
  • Septra can be taken at any time of the day; however, be sure to take the medication at the same time(s) each day. For instance, if you take it twice daily, it is best to evenly space the doses, taking a dose every 12 hours.
  • Septra comes in tablet form. It is taken by mouth, usually twice a day (although it is taken as frequently as four times daily or as infrequently as once daily for certain uses).
  • You can take this medication with food or on an empty stomach. If it bothers your stomach, try taking it with food.
  • For the medication to work properly, it must be taken as prescribed. Septra will not work if you stop taking it too soon.
  • If you are unsure about anything related to your dosage or Septra dosing in general, please talk with your doctor, nurse, or pharmacist.
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