Bactrim is supplied in tablets and a liquid suspension. This medicine is a mixture of two active components, sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim, which are both antibiotics aimed at eliminating several kinds of bacteria that cause various infections. Bactrim is especially useful in treating ear and urinary tract infections, traveler's diarrhea, bronchitis, and the kind of pneumonia that is mainly caused by the Pneumocystis carinii bacterium.
You should take Bactrim for the complete length of time that has been defined by your healthcare provider. Remember that the medication affects the actively vizible symptoms first, which means you will start feeling better before the infection itself is cured. Do not try to help the common cold or flu with Bactrim since antibiotics cannot treat viral infections.
The chemical agents that Bactrim contains can sometimes slightly magnify the risk of kidney stones, so it is important to drink plenty of fluids throughout the treatment regimen. Before you start on the course you should also be well aware of the possible side effects: tongue swelling, dizziness, ringing in your ears, insomnia, joint pains. If any of these become unbearable, or if you develop a more disturbing conditions like watery/bloody diarrhea, jaundice, hallucinations etc, let your physician know quickly.