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?
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!
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!
Yesterday morning My husband suddenly came down with a bad toothache. We really didnt have the money to get it pulled. I know that sometimes if a tooth is infected the dentist will prescribe antibiotics to get rid of the infection before it can be pulled. We had some Sulfamethoxazole leftover from ear problem. I never was prescribed this for tooth but its all we had. The script called for one a day for twenty days but I gave him one every four or five hours along with one Naproxen the first day. He stayed in bed all day and night his tummu felt bloated he said but the next morning THE TOOTHACHES WAS COMPLETELY GONE! I'm going to continue to give him a little more for at least one day. I am convinced its safe and effective. Godd Luck
I went to the E.R. with tooth/jaw pain. I have several bad teeth and this antibiotic is exactly what they prescribed along with tylenol 3
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I know this is an old post but, ill add my two cents, since I know someone like me will come across this later. I had a horrible toothache just pop up on me a few days ago. I started taking sulfamethoxazole 'bactrim' for a few days, twice a day. If anything, the pain just got worse.
I called my dentist and they prescribed amoxicillin and after 2 doses, the pain has subsided... I have an appointment in a few days.
For people without insurance, call a couple walk in clinics to price a visit if you don't have a normal dentist. Get the right antibiotics, if you can't afford to fix the tooth, have it extracted soon after you get the antibiotics. Some dentists will work with you on extractions when you have no insurance. I think mine is like $135 without insurance. "Otherwise the pain will come back with a vengeance".
If money is a problem because most of the time it is. Look up carecredit.com and try to get that line of credit to get yourself out of pain. Just make sure the dentist takes carecredit before you get the work done.
I've been around the block a few times so I hope this info helps.
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