it says that it is a antibiotic.. but i dont know.. should i use it? my tooth hurts bad, i know its infected and i have to go to the dentist, but untill then... will this fight off the infection or no?
20 Aug 2010
Sulfamethoxazole/trimethoprim DS is a combination antibiotic used to treat several different infections. In particular, it is approved for the treatment of the following infections:
* Ear infections
* Shigellosis (a form of dysentery)
* Traveler's diarrhea
* Urinary tract infections (UTIs), such as bladder infections
* Acute worsening of chronic bronchitis
* A certain types of pneumonia known as Pneumocystis carinii neumonia.
Sulfamethoxazole/trimethoprim is also approved to prevent Pneumocystis carinii pneumonia in people with weakened immune systems at risk for the infection (such as people with HIV or AIDS).
Treatment of tooth aches has nit been found to have been reported however please call the pharmacist/doc/nurse to give you more accurate info, please take care, be well & safe!
6 Oct 2011
Been there, done that!! I feel for you-- I was in excruciating pain from tooth infection a month ago. Desperate for pain relief -- no money/no insurance -- dentist was out of the question! Let's face it everyone -- desperate times call for desperate/drastic measures -- and we all know what someone suffering from infected tooth pain is capable of! If you don't, please try not to judge those of us who do. So, anyway, in desperation I began rummaging through the 'household' meds drawer looking for ANYTHING!! Didn't even care whose medication it was, if I found something -- I WAS TAKING IT!! Found some Sulfamethoxazole/Trimethoprim 800 tabs -- found out from my pharmacist that these are used to treat "bacterial" infection(s). Did some research online and found that 'dental infections' are also "bacterial", so I immediately began taking them and WALLA, they worked! Kept taking them for about 5 days.
Just remember that infections are either 'bacterial' or 'viral', so first, find out what type infection you have, then be sure your antibiotics are also for that same type infection. Please understand taking these antibiotics is strictly to obtain some immediate relief and is as they say, just "putting a bandaid" on as a temporary solution only until you can obtain the necessary dental treatment. Please, BE WARNED: Unless you get the appropriate dental treatment, the infection (and pain) - WILL COME BACK - within months and sometimes weeks!! Dental problems are not to be taken lightly. They can cause extremely serious health problems that can also affect the rest of your body. Oh, and sadly, teeth don't grow back! Once they're gone, they are gone!
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