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Buy Septra DS (also known as Bactrim) or Generic Sulfamethoxazole/Trimethoprim Online

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GENERIC ALTERNATIVE LISTING - Sulfamethoxazole/Trimethoprim
Dosage Pack Size & Price Qty
800/160mg
BRAND LISTING - Septra DS (also known as Bactrim) (Sulfamethoxazole/Trimethoprim)
Dosage Pack Size & Price Qty
800/160mg

SEPTRA DS (SULFAMETHOXAZOLE/TRIMETHOPRIM) (also known as Bactrim)

Septra DS Description

Septra DS is a combination antibiotic drug prescribed to treat ear infections, urinary tract infections, traveler’s diarrhea, bronchitis, and shigellosis. To be certain you are experiencing a bacterial infection, your doctor may require blood or urine tests to rule out a virus.

Septra DS or generic Sulfamethoxazole/Trimethoprim may also be prescribed for those with compromised immune systems to treat and prevent pneumocystis pneumonia, even though this is believed to be caused by a fungal infection which antibiotic drugs are not prescribed for. The generic alternative is not manufactured by the company that makes the brand product.

How Each of the Active Ingredients Work on Bacteria

Sulfamethoxazole is a broad-spectrum sulfonamide drug that works to interfere with a particular bacterial enzyme that ultimately stops bacteria from being able to make DNA and multiply. Trimethoprim works similarly to Sulfamethoxazole, but at a different part of the chemical pathway that stops the bacteria from being able to produce folic acid, which they need to survive.

Conditions Treated by Septra DS

Pneumocystis pneumonia (PCP) is an opportunistic infection that does not harm those with healthy immune systems that can fight it off before symptoms appear, but it flourishes in people with HIV, cancer, and solid-organ transplant recipients because their immune system is too weak to fight the infection. Doctors have found that Septra DS (also known as Bactrim) is very efficient at treating and preventing pneumocystis pneumonia while antifungal drugs have failed to produce any positive outcomes.

Pneumocystis pneumonia begins with the inhalation of the organism which then sticks to type I alveolar cells that line the alveoli of your lungs. This triggers inflammation and fluid begins to buildup in your lungs. You start to experience a shortness of breath, fatigue, fever, as well as an unproductive or dry cough. The sooner you seek medical help, the quicker your body will recover. For moderate to severe cases of PCP, a corticosteroid drug may also be prescribed short-term to help reduce the inflammation and damage caused to your lungs.

Before You Take Septra DS

Ask your doctor if taking Septra DS can be harmful if you are pregnant, may become pregnant, or are breast feeding. Explain other medical conditions to your doctor and any allergies you have, especially to sulfa drugs. List all OTC or Rx medications you currently take or use, including herbal remedies and dietary or vitamin supplements so your doctor can determine if Septra DS is the right drug for you.

Septra DS Precautions and Recommendations

Certain medical tests may be altered by taking Septra DS so inform the lab personnel of all drugs you are on. Your skin may be more sensitive to sunlight exposure so wear protective clothing and use at least an SPF 30 sunscreen when you are outdoors. This is not a cure for PCP or HIV, but it can help you return to being a functional individual.

Possible Side Effects of Septra DS

  • Mild itching
  • Loss of appetite
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Dizziness/spinning sensation

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