Therapeutic Class: Sulfonamide Combination
Commonly used Brand names associated with Bactrim DS and its equivalents in the US are Bactrim, Bactrim DS, Septra, Septra DS, SMZ-TMP Pediatric, Sulfatrim, and Sulfatrim Pediatric. In Canada, this medication is known by the following names: Apo-Sulfatrim, Novo-Trimel, Nu-Cotrimox, Septa Pediatric, and Septra Pediatric Suspension.
The active ingredient used in this medication and its equivalents is SULFAMETHOXAZOLE/TRIMETHOPRIM (Oral route) - sul-fa-meth-OX-a-zole, trye-METH-oh-prim. The most frequently available dosage forms being tablet and suspension. Check with your doctor to see if one of the forms is a fit for you.
Uses For Bactrim DS
Sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim combination is used to treat infections such as urinary tract infections, middle ear infections (otitis media), bronchitis, traveler's diarrhea, and shigellosis (bacillary dysentery). This medicine is also used to prevent or treat Pneumocystis jiroveci pneumonia or Pneumocystis carinii pneumonia (PCP), a very serious kind of pneumonia. This type of pneumonia occurs more commonly in patients whose immune systems are not working normally, such as cancer patients, transplant patients, and patients with acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS).
Sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim combination is an antibiotic. It works by eliminating the bacteria that cause many kinds of infections. This medicine will not work for colds, flu, or other virus infections.
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