So i went to the hospital sunday with body aches and severe pressure built up in my nasal area . Turns out i have a severe sinus infection. I get my antibiotics along with Tylenol 3 with codine . I took my first dose went home and slept . I woke up monday morning with the worst pain in my throat possible . I now have strep throat . It is wednesday now and ive been on my medication . my sinus infection has subsided but my throat has gotten worse . Is my throat gonna get any better from the Bactrim ? Or should I see a doctor again ?
Sulfa antibiotics such as Bactrim do NOT cover for the strep infections. They do cover most bacterium that cause sinusitis, however. If you truly think you have strep throat, you should see your doctor for a throat culture and emperic starting of a penicillin, omnicef, or keflex.
Some infections most commonly treated with Bactrim include:
– Bronchitis (when long-lasting or increased in severity)
– Urinary tract infections
– Middle ear infections
– Traveler’s diarrhea
– Intestinal inflammation
In most cases, adults being treated with Bactrim for bacterial infections will be prescribed one Bactrim DS (double strength) or two regular strength bactrim tablets. Children are normally prescribed one teaspoonful for every 22 pounds of body weight; dosing is usually twice daily for a period of five to fourteen days. The type and location of infection dictates the dosage amount and length.
Preventing Infections with Bactrim antibiotic may also be used to prevent bacterial infections in persons with weakened or compromised immune systems. Bactrim is a common defense used in transplant patients and patients with AIDS against Pneumocystis Carinii Pneumonia (PCP). Likewise, Bactrim may be used to treat PCP.
Normal dosing for the prevention of PCP in adults is one tablet daily for a period of 6-12 months. In children the dosage is determined by total body surface area, and the prescribed dose is taken twice daily for three consecutive days (not to exceed 320 milligrams trimethoprim and 1600 milligrams sulfamethoxazole daily).
While Taking a Bactrim Antibiotic it is recommended that the Bactrim antibiotic be taken with eight ounces of water, and that water is drunk periodically throughout the rest of the day to prevent uncomfortable side-effects. As with all antibiotics, the full course of the Bactrim prescription should be taken to completely clear the infection (or continue preventative protection). Bactrim works best when adequate levels of the drug are maintained, therefore, it is important to take a Bactrim antibiotic at prescribed intervals, and make every effort not to miss a dose; if a dose is missed, it should be taken when remembered, but double doses should never be taken as overdoses of bactrim antibiotics can be very serious.
Bactrim Ds Uses