Bactrim Generic contains the active ingredients trimethoprim, also called as cotrimoxazole and sulfamethoxazole. It is used to treat bacterial infections affecting different parts of the body. It belongs to a group of medicines called antibiotics. Bacterial infections can be treated with different types of medicines. Sulfamethoxazole in Bactrim Generic belongs to a group of medicines called as sulfonamides. Trimethoprim falls under a group of medicines known as the benzylpyrimidines.
Bactrim works by stopping the bacterial growth causing the infection and not the infections caused by viruses, like colds and flu. If it has been prescribed for your current infection, the later infection you may need a different medicine.
Your doctor may have recommended this medicine for another purpose. Thus, ask your doctor if you have any questions why Bactrim Generic has been prescribed for you. This medicine is recommended only with a doctor’s prescription.
Working of Bactrim –
Bactrim works by preventing the growth of the bacteria resulting in infection. It prevents two consecutive steps in the biosynthesis process of nucleic acids and proteins essential to bacteria. It does not work against infections due to viruses, like colds and flu.
Bactrim oral suspension and Bactrim DS tablets contain the active ingredients trimethoprim and sulfamethoxazole. Each DS tablet contains 160 mg- trimethoprim and 800 mg-sulfamethoxazole. Each 5 mL of Bactrim oral suspension contains 40 mg of trimethoprim, 200 mg of sulfamethoxazole.
DS tablets also comprise inactive ingredients the povidone (1201), sodium starch glycollate, docusate sodium (480), magnesium stearate. Bactrim tablets are gluten free and lactose free.
The oral suspension contains the inactive ingredients methyl hydroxybenzoate (218), cellulose – dispersible (460), propyl hydroxybenzoate (216), polysorbate 80 (433), sorbitol solution (420), banana flavor 85509 H, vanilla flavor 73690-36, and water. Bactrim oral suspension is gluten free as well as sugar free.
Dose advice on How to use Bactrim
• When you must not take it
Do not take Bactrim Generic if you have had an allergic reaction to sulfamethoxazole, any other sulfonamide, trimethoprim, or any of the ingredients listed down.
Some of the symptoms of an allergic reaction may include:
• Itching or hives;
• Swelling of the face, lips or tongue that may cause difficulty in breathing or swallowing;
• Skin rash;
• Peeling of the skin;
• Wheezing or shortness of breath.
• Severe liver or kidney disease, any or megaloblastic anemia or blood disorder;
• The child you are treating is smaller than 3 months of age;
• Streptococcal pharyngitis;
• The package is torn;
• You are taking dofetilide, to treat irregular heartbeats;
• The expiry date printed on the pack has passed.