Active ingredient- Trimethoprim and Sulfamethoxazole.
Bactrim Forte is applied for taking care of infection such as bronchitis, Urinary Tract Infection, shigellosis and traveler’s diarrhea. The combination of Trimethoprim and Sulfamethoxazole is also used to check or prevent Pneumocystis carinii pneumonia (PCP), a very severe category of pneumonia. Patients with weak immune system, such as AIDS patients, transplant patients, cancer patient, normally are victims of Pneumocystis carinii pneumonia (PCP).
Bactrim Forte is an antibiotic which fights and destroys the bacteria causing various infections. The drug is available only on prescription for treating bacterial infection only. Bactrim Forte doesn’t work on viral infection such as flu or common cold.
Precautions and warnings
· Avoid the drug if you are allergic to any of its active ingredients. Inform you doctor if you have suffered from allergic reaction to Trimethoprim and/ or Sulfamethoxazole in the past.
· Certain drug may interact with the antibiotic and cause serious side effects. Inform you doctor if you are using any other prescribed medication, OTC drug or herbal supplement for prevailing health conditions.
· Avoid tobacco and alcohol during therapy period.
· Inform you doctor of any prevailing health condition which include liver problems, kidney disease, HIV or AIDS, Folate deficiency, anemia, malabsorbtion syndrome, nutrition disorder, Asthma, low platelets in the blood, megaloblastic, porphyria, acute allergies, high blood pressure, diabetes and thyroid problems. It may require special tests or dose adjustment for certain health conditions.
Bactrim Forte Side effects
Although rare, side effects may occur on using Bactrim Forte. Here is a list of side effects associated to the use of the drug:
Common side effects
Light headache, feeling of weakness, passing of gas, nausea and abdominal cramp.
Rare side effects
Stomach pain, black stool, peeling skin, formation of blisters, yellowing of skin, chest pain, dark urine, diarrhea, dizziness, headache, itching, weakness, feeling of tiredness, muscle ache, joint pain, loss of appetites, back pain, fever with or without chills, cough, sore throat, rashes, pale skin, problem in urinating, mouth ulcers, swollen glands, white spots on the lips or inside mouth, chest congestion, red eyes, nausea, unusual breath odor, easy bruising, blood in cough or vomit, wheezing and change in skin color. Consult a doctor if any of these Bactrim Forte side effects occur and become persistent.
These may not be the complete list of possible side effects linked to the drug, for additional queries consult your doctor.