trimethoprim - sulfamethoxazole
In this drug factsheet:DIN (Drug Identification Number)
|00510645 ||TEVA-SULFAMETHOXAZOLE TRIMETHOPRIM DS TABLET|
|00726540 ||TEVA-SULFAMETHOXAZOLE TRIMETHOPRIM SUSPENSION|
|00510637 ||TEVA-SULFAMETHOXAZOLE TRIMETHOPRIM TABLET|
How does this medication work? What will it do for me?
Trimethoprim and sulfamethoxazole both belong to the class of medications called antibiotics. This combination of antibiotics is used together to treat infections caused by certain bacteria. It is most commonly used to treat infections of the bladder, ear, sinus, skin, intestine, and lung. It works by killing the bacteria that cause these infections.
This medication may be available under multiple brand names and/or in several different forms. Any specific brand name of this medication may not be available in all of the forms or approved for all of the conditions discussed here. As well, some forms of this medication may not be used for all of the conditions discussed here.
Your doctor may have suggested this medication for conditions other than those listed in these drug information articles. If you have not discussed this with your doctor or are not sure why you are taking this medication, speak to your doctor. Do not stop taking this medication without consulting your doctor.
Do not give this medication to anyone else, even if they have the same symptoms as you do. It can be harmful for people to take this medication if their doctor has not prescribed it.
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How should I use this medication?
The usual recommended dose of trimethoprim – sulfamethoxazole for adults and children over 12 years of age is 2 regular-strength tablets or 1 double-strength tablet taken twice a day. It should be taken in the morning and evening and may be taken with or without food. Taking the medication with food will reduce the risk of stomach upset.
Children's doses vary according to age and are usually given in the liquid form. Use an oral syringe to measure each dose of the liquid, as it gives a more accurate measurement than household teaspoons. Take this medication with a full 8-ounce glass of water. Drink several additional glasses of water every day, unless otherwise instructed by your doctor.
Many things can affect the dose of medication that a person needs, such as body weight, other medical conditions, and other medications. If your doctor has recommended a dose different from the ones listed here, do not change the way that you are taking the medication without consulting your doctor.
It is important to take this medication exactly as prescribed by your doctor. Finish all of this medication, even if you start to feel better. If you miss a dose, take it as soon as possible and continue on with your regular schedule. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and continue on with your regular dosing schedule. Do not take a double dose to make up for a missed one. If you are not sure what to do after missing a dose, contact your doctor or pharmacist for advice.
Store this medication at room temperature, protect it from light and moisture, and keep it out of the reach of children.
Do not dispose of medications in wastewater (e.g. down the sink or in the toilet) or in household garbage. Ask your pharmacist how to dispose of medications that are no longer needed or have expired.
What form(s) does this medication come in?
Each white, round, scored tablet, marked with "N" over "80", contains sulfamethoxazole 400 mg and trimethoprim 80 mg. Nonmedicinal ingredients: gelatin, glycerin, magnesium stearate, sodium lauryl sulfate, and sodium starch glycolate. This medication does not contain gluten.
Teva-Sulfamethoxazole Trimethoprim DS
Each white, oval, scored tablet, marked with "N 160", contains sulfamethoxazole 800 mg and trimethoprim 160 mg. Nonmedicinal ingredients: gelatin, glycerin, magnesium stearate, sodium lauryl sulfate, and sodium starch glycolate. This medication does not contain gluten.
Teva-Sulfamethoxazole Trimethoprim Oral Suspension
Each 5 mL of light pink-coloured liquid suspension contains sulfamethoxazole 200 mg and trimethoprim 40 mg. Nonmedicinal ingredients: cherry flavour, citric acid, FD&C Red No. 40, sorbitol, sodium chloride, sodium cyclamate, sodium methyl hydroxybenzoate, sodium propyl hydroxybenzoate, polysorbate 80, and tragacanth. This medication does not contain gluten.
Who should NOT take this medication?
Do not take this medication if you:
- are allergic to trimethoprim, sulfamethoxazole, or any ingredients of this medication
- are allergic to sulfonamide medications
- have certain types of liver disease
- have certain types of blood disorders
- have severe reduction of kidney function
- are pregnant (unless, in the judgement of the doctor, the benefits outweigh the risks)
- are a breast-feeding mother
Do not give this medication to children less than 2 months of age.