I had a very very rare but serious reaction to the antibiotic Bactrim. I ended up in an isolation room in the hospital for over a week because my white blood cells and in particular the neutrophils went down to zero. I had no immunity to anything and I am recovering at home now but everyone wears a mask when they come in and when I go out I wear one. My question which I will ask my doctor when I see him next, but since Bactrim is a sulfa drug do I need to avoid ALL sulfa drugs. I need to get a medical alert bracelet to identify my allergy but wondering if it is just one drug specific or the whole class. Thanks
You will find you will be allergic to virtually all sulphur based drugs in varying degrees. I for example am mildly allergic to some penicillin based medications but nothing like you have experienced. Better be safe (avoid at any cost) than sorry.
- Bactrim Information for Consumers
- Bactrim Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Bactrim (detailed)
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