Bactrim is a strong doubled ation antibiotic drug containing two active ingredients instead of one as other antibiotic medicines of the class. The name of the drug indicates the dosages of the active components. Bactrim DS 800/160 means that every pill contains 800mg of sulfamethoxazole and 160mg of trimethoprim. It is a double dosage antibiotic which is administered for treatment of various bacterial diseases, infections, inflammations and complications of other diseases and conditions with susceptible strains of bacteria. This drug is used to treat infections and inflammations in various parts of the human body, however it is most often prescribed to treat urinary tract infections and inflammations caused with sudden bacterial thrive.
Bactrim is commonly available in two forms. Adults are more convenient to get pills administered, while kids under 12 years old are better tolerate and take suspension which contains the same combination of medicines, but unlike pills which are forbidden to be crashed, suspension can be measured in any necessary dosage. For the fastest delivery of the drug and for rapid effect intravenous way is used.
Which components are there in Bactrim DS 800/160?
Bactrim contains 800mg of sulfamethoxazole which belongs to a class of medicines named sulfonamides and 160mg of trimethoprim which is in the class of benzylpyrimidines. Such a combination of antibiotics in a single pill ensures fast and effective treatment of bacterial infections.
Bactrim acts as a common antibiotic penetrating into DNA structures of bacteria and preventing the DNAs from replication which is a necessary condition for growth and multiplication of bacteria contaminating the body and causing inflammations. Due to a combination of two powerful ingredients, this drug acts faster and eases the symptoms better.
Bactrim will not work against viral infections (some sexual transmitted diseases, for example, herpes as this type of drugs work only against bacteria due to a specific mechanism of action). It is not recommended to use Bactrim against common cold or flu as the drug will ease the symptoms of inflammation, but will not treat the cause of the disease. Thus improper treatment of viral infection may cause complications.
Mind, that this medicine is active and effective only against certain strains of bacteria. If it is prescribed to you to treat a current condition, this does not mean that you can take it the next time you will feel sick as another type of bacteria which is resistant to the components of Bactrim, may cause inflammation in the next case. This says that do not neglect visiting your health care provider any time you feel the same symptoms.
Bactrim DS 800/160 is available only with prescription from your doctor. It is possible to buy Bactrim online without visiting your clinic and getting prescriptions. However you must note that you will take complete responsibility for your treatment in case something will go wrong, you will get complications or the improper treatment will lead to the worsening of your state.
Precautions of taking Bactrim
Bactrim DS 800/160 is a well tolerated antibiotic medicine which is widely applied for various types of bacterial diseases. However some patients are not recommended to take the drug or take it with special care. The risk groups of patients are allergic people, pregnant women and geriatric patients.
Allergic people and Bactrim
Bactrim is not recommended to people with allergic responses to drugs in health history. Patients who have performed allergic responses to loop diuretic drugs, diabetes medications, thyroid treatments are more likely to perform allergic responses to this medicine as well. Warn your health care provider about any severe reactions to foods, drinks, dyes, care and cosmetic products or environmental triggers. The symptoms of allergic response to the medication will be:
- skin signs performed with redness, itching, peeling
- swelling of fingers, toes, legs, arms, face
- swollen lips or tongue causing impossibility to swallow
- difficult breathing
If you experience these symptoms on the background of using Bactrim and you associate these symptoms with the antibiotic treatment, then stop taking the drug and report the case to your doctor.
If you experience the next symptoms, call the emergency immediately:
- worsening of symptoms
- frequent vomiting and diarrhea
- bloody stool
- bloody urination
- severe abdominal and rectal pain
Bactrim in pregnant patients
Bactrim must not be taken by women who are pregnant or planning to become pregnant as the drug is known to cause severe damages of an unborn baby. The caused defects are life threatening. However your doctor may take another decision. The matter is that any bacterial transmissible infection in pregnant body poses much more dangerous risks for an unborn baby. Among these risks are severe damages of brain which will lead to unpredictable consequences in future. That is why your doctor may offer to initiate preterm labor if the term of gestation is over 28 weeks. After this period a baby is able to live and breath outside the uterus. Such decision is taken in case of seriously dangerous bacterial contaminations when the probability of mother’s death is higher than the potential risks for a baby. Do not take Bactrim DS 800/160 without indications and approval from your doctor.
Bactrim DS 800/160 in kids
This medicine is forbidden in newborns and infants. In other cases a pediatrician will evaluate the goods and risks for a child and will calculate an optimum dosage for every particular case. You must never give Bactrim to your kid even if this drug seems to be an optimum treatment for a probable disease.
Bactrim in geriatric patients
Aged people are more likely to have chronic disease or are more likely to perform side effects or severe reactions. If the kidneys, liver, heart or lungs are damaged then it is not recommended to give bactrim to a patient.
Special notes on Bactrim DS 800/160
Bactrim is nor recommended to be administered to people with HIV as such patients report severe side effects and allergic reactions more often. If you have HIV, then do not take Bactrim, contact your doctor to get special instructions and recommendations. Besides, Bactrim may interact with drugs you are taking to control your key condition.
How to take Bactrim DS 800/160?
Bactrim is an antibiotic drug which contains two active ingredients kill active bacteria contaminating your body and causing feeling sick. Bacteria are cunning micro organisms which are very resistant and viable. If only a single cell will remain viable and without proper medical control, the infection may thrive again. That is why it is of ultimate importance to take a proper dosage of Bactrim and to take it timely and as long as your doctor has prescribed it to you.
If you take lower dosage of Bactrim then it can be insufficient to kill and effectively clear out the bacteria from your body. The treatment and recovery may take longer. Moreover the treatment may turn ineffective. Do not manage a dosage of the antibiotic on your own. If you feel worse with the medicine and you associate your worsened conditions with the treatment, then contact your doctor and ask to lower your dosage.
In case of dosage lowering, your health care provider may tell you take it three to four times a day instead of twice.
If you do not feel improvement with Bactrim, please never increase your dosage on your own. Doctors commonly prescribe a maximum safe dosage for effective treatment of certain type of bacterial transmissible infection. If you increase a dosage this may severely harm your kidneys and liver. While liver can recover, kidneys will not recover.
Contact your doctor and report your conditions. Only your doctor may decide upon increasing of the one time dosage. Some patients desire to recover faster and thus take maximum dosages of pills. Overdosing increases the risks of side effects and can result in anaphylaxis.
Bactrim is taken with a glass of water after meals. If you take the drug before meals or on an empty stomach, then this may increase the risks of side effects from your digestive system.
What diseases are treated with Bactrim DS 800/160?
Bactrim DS 800/160 has performed great efficacy in treatment of urinary tract infections. But the drug is used to treat bacterial transmissible infections caused with a wide range of bacteria.
The spectrum of action of the drug covers ear and middle ear infections, infectious skin diseases respiratory infections of bacterial genesis, cholera. The medicine is used to treat and prevent traveler’s diarrhea.
Bactrim can be used alone or in complex with other drugs to treat severe forms of diseases. If you are going to take the antibiotic drug against traveler’s diarrhea, then it is recommended to start taking pills four days prior to coming to other countries.
Why it is important to start treatment against traveler’s diarrhea?
Human body gets used to certain composition of water and foods. The water in other countries has another composition. Your body may response to a new water with indigestion which is commonly present with diarrhea rather than vomiting and nausea. Any person who comes to a new country need to get adjusted to new cuisine and drinks. It is even not recommended to drink cocktails and drinks with ice. While drinks and cocktails are made from filtered water, still ice is made of ordinary water. Freezing does not kill bacteria which may be contained in the water nor will change its composition.
That is why it is necessary to start preventive treatment prior to a trip. You can buy Bactrim online without prescription and start taking it to prevent any symptoms of traveler’s diarrhea. We strongly recommend you to consult your doctor on possible prevention of traveler’s diarrhea.
What should you avoid during Bactrim treatment?
If you take Bactrim then you should know for sure what to avoid when on treatment. You must not change a prescribed dosage in any side as you may affect the efficiency of treatment.
If you take antibiotics then you must not skip a dosage as every missed pill will be a chance for bacteria to grow stronger and thrive again. Mind that bacteira may become resistant to the action of medication. That is why it is not recommended to run out of pills anyway. Buy Bactrim online as it is the cheapest and fastest way to get necessary portion of drugs.
Still if you miss a dosage of Bactrim, then take a missed pill as soon as you will recollect about a missed dosage. But if a time of intake is very close to the intake of the next scheduled dosage, then take only one dosage. Taking double dosage or two dosages close to each other may cause overdosing and unwanted effects as nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, headache, fever, etc.
Your doctor prescribes you Bactrim DS 800/160 considering your individual case, symptoms, conditions, health history and other treatments you take regularly or occasionally. Thus you must not recommend or give your Bactrim medications to anyone else. If you recommend a drug to your friend or relative, please, advise to visit a doctor and consult about getting prescription for this drug.
You can take Bactrim in this dosage and following this scheme only for this very condition. If you feel sick the next time, and the symptoms will be the same, you must not take the drug as the symptoms of various infections may feel the same. For example, most of the urinary tract infections are felt with burning and pain during urination, some discharge may also appear. However various diseases are caused with various contagious agents – bacteria – various bacteria need different treatments.
Bactrim DS 800/160 is an ultimate dosage of antibiotic. You must never take another antibiotic as the interaction will be inevitable.
When you should panic?
Bacterial transmissible infections are very hard to treat. The antibiotic treatment is commonly tolerated badly as high dosages of the drug are required to kill contagious agents. That is why you should keep close contact with your doctor. You should get blood tests regularly to monitor the response of your body to the treatment as well as its efficacy and the level of contamination of the body (quantitative analysis).