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User Reviews for Sulfamethoxazole / trimethoprim

Also known as: Bactrim, Bactrim DS, Bactrim IV, Bactrim Pediatric, Bethaprim, Bethaprim Pediatric, Co-trimoxazole, Cotrim, Cotrim DS, Cotrim Pediatric, Septra, Septra DS, Septra IV, SMZ-TMP DS, Sulfatrim, Sulfatrim Pediatric, Uroplus, Uroplus DS …show all brand names

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Sulfamethoxazole/trimethoprim Rating Summary

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5.5/10 Average Rating
132 Ratings with 130 User Reviews

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Reviews for Sulfamethoxazole/trimethoprim to treat Bacterial Skin Infection

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"My reaction led to the loss of 5 days of my life. Stay clear!"

   
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3 days of hell (taken for less than 1 month) May 20, 2018

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Bactrim DS (sulfamethoxazole / trimethoprim): "Bactrim healed the abscess infection that I had, but the lethargy was absolutely crippling for me. The first day on it I was driving and was literally falling asleep for 2-3 seconds at a time and almost crashing. Had to go home obviously. Other than that I sides but even with caffeine my body felt like it weighed 1000 lbs and couldn’t keep my eyes open"

   
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Dante (taken for less than 1 month) May 18, 2018

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Bactrim DS (sulfamethoxazole / trimethoprim): "DO NOT TAKE THIS MEDICINE! It’s horrible. I have been off of it almost 48 hours and I’m still puking and can’t hold any food down. My body is so weak and it’s giving me panic attacks!!"

   
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Shel (taken for less than 1 month) May 6, 2018

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"I am a Type 1 Diabetic. I had a small infection at the base of my thumbnail that my doctor prescribed this to fix, twice a day for a week. The drug hit me like a truck; I couldn't take more than 3 pills. In addition to the part-and-parcel diarrhea of antibiotics, I constantly felt queasy, there was occasional blood in my stool even after stopping the drug, and it halved the effects of my insulin. The worst part is that I happened to have Hypoglycemia just as the drug really kicked in; the chills that resulted were the worst I'd had in my life. (We think this may be due to an allergy, as my mother cannot take Sulfa.) Fortunately, it did do a number on the infection, I just didn't deem the side-effects worth it and finished it off with Keflex (Cefalexin). I can't give Sulfameth/Trimeth DS a low rating because it did work as advertised, but it's strong stuff and I couldn't handle it. Be prepared for a rough time if you need to take this drug, and be extra careful if you're a diabetic."

   
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Anonymous May 4, 2018

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"I was prescribed this medication after stepping on a nail. Day 1 was fine. Day 2 I noticed a painful boil inside my thigh and I wasn’t able to sleep. I went to mall and had to leave after pain in head. I had sweating and difficulty breathing and anxiety. I won't be taking this again ."

   
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Angel May 1, 2018

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Bactrim DS (sulfamethoxazole / trimethoprim): "It's definitely working but I'm taking a beating. Had a post surgery skin infection. First I took cephalexin but it did not fully go away. Now on bactrim, 2 pills in the morning and 2 at night. On day 4 felt the hardest . Also taking probiotics at bedtime to help the digestive system. Got to say this stuff punishes you. I don't feel like myself. Foggy all day, small periods of shakes. Dry tongue and mouth. Wiped me out. Can't wait to return to me."

   
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Pmc (taken for less than 1 month) April 28, 2018

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"So I’ve been taking this medicine for 8 days now I got staph infection on my areola from an open wound on it. Anyway I was fine until day 2 and got super nauseated but it’s bearable on day eight it’s just loss of appetite and super bad heart burn but also bearable. I’ve been having a hard time sleeping on this but when I do start dozing off I’m dead to the world and everything feels weird lol. Medications aren’t meant to be pleasant sooo I can’t complain. On a side note it made the infection almost completely disappear it’s still pink and scabby looking but two more days should do the trick!"

   
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It’s yo gurl (taken for less than 1 month) April 28, 2018

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"Was put on this medicine to clear up staph infection on my skin. It cleared the infection up quickly, but when I only had 2 more days of the pills, I developed an allergic reaction. Swollen lymph nodes, headache, fever and crazy rash. Hoping it goes away soon."

   
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Ash (taken for less than 1 month) April 10, 2018

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"I had no side effects from using Sulfameth/tmp 800/160 mg tablets. Day 4 and my large, marble sized, oozing thing under my skin is almost gone. No more soreness, no more wet oozing. My doc also gave me Florastor 250mg high dose probiotic to help strengthen my immune system to fight the infection. Great combination."

   
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Cookie April 7, 2018

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"This medication after taking it for 4 days for a skin infection, put my in the hospital for 1 month..They had me on a water based diet for the entire time I was there. I went from a healthy 135 lbs down to 109lbs. The worst experience I've ever been through in my life. My medical expenses were outrageous too"

   
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Anonymous (taken for less than 1 month) March 28, 2018

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"This medication is terrible. I was prescribed sulfamethoxazole for a boil under my breast. It did absolutely nothing to get rid of the boil. I had to take the medicine for ten days, and after I finished the medication, my periods stopped. I am not pregnant because I have never been sexually active, and my cycles were pretty regular before taking this drug. My hair also began to fall out when I was taking thus drug. It’s been two months since I took sulfamethoxazole, and my hair is still falling out and my cycles are still not coming on."

   
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G (taken for less than 1 month) March 9, 2018

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Septra (sulfamethoxazole / trimethoprim): "I cannot tolerate this drug! It makes me depersonalized, dizzy , confused and just very spacey! I don't understand why they make medications that have worse side effects than the actual disease!"

   
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Izn (taken for less than 1 month) February 26, 2018

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Bactrim DS (sulfamethoxazole / trimethoprim): "Absolutely the worst medication I've ever been on, and I've been on a lot. If an alternative is offered, take the alternative. Intense thirst, super awful anxiety (borderline paranoia), stomachaches and heartburn out the wazoo, night sweats, rash, dizziness, joint pain, loss of appetite were my symptoms (amongst others). Doc switched me to clindamycin. Not a single side effect! Symptoms gradually got better after dropping Bactrim."

   
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Alex1234872 February 15, 2018

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Bactrim DS (sulfamethoxazole / trimethoprim): "Never ever again will I take this medication. Ended up in ER with what they said was Cellulitis. Gave me Bactrim and Keflex to take. After taking the Bactrim just after one day headaches started. On day 4 I woke up and could not move any of my body as every muscle, joint, neck and head was so sore and aching. Went straight to urgent care and they took me off the antibiotics. Still having severe pains all over and I'm hoping it's just because the medication is still in my system. Seriously do not take this. There are plenty more antibiotics to take than this and going through this also."

   
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Anonymous February 10, 2018

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Bactrim (sulfamethoxazole / trimethoprim): "Had a very hot and painful boil right on my belt line from shaving my pubic area. Went to the doc and he looked at it and said of the abscess was way too deep to Lance it put me on Bactroban ointment and high dose of Bactrim. After 2 days the infection started to clear up. As far as bactrim side effects not as bad as when I take penicillin mainly really bad headache, extreme thirst, frequent urination. Take probiotics at lunch to help with diarrhea"

   
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Cliff clavin January 13, 2018

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Bactrim DS (sulfamethoxazole / trimethoprim): "I was prescribed Bactrim DS 800mg for 10 days after I had an infected abscess on my outer labia. I had incision/drainage and tested negative for herpes simplex, CT+NG DNA, MRSA, and staph. I went 8 days and noticed minor hand shakiness, a sunburn like itch/sting on my neck and collarbone and some right ab pain but didn’t think much of it. Day 9 happen and I wake up with a minor but expanding rash on my chest, neck, torso arms and legs. I went to ER and they said Bactrim allergic reaction, prescribed methylprenisolone steroid, and Hydroxyzine. 48 hrs since last dose of Bactrim lips are still dry, cracked and woke up with minor flat blood blister on inside of bottom lip. Is this still affecting me??"

Scared with symptoms (taken for less than 1 month) December 30, 2017

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"I was on Sulfamethoxazole-trimethoprim 800 mg-160 mg twice day and after 3rd day of taking it my lymph node was swollen on the back of my neck. Contacted my doctor and she asked me to continue my med. So I took it and within an hour my lips and face were swollen, shortness in breath , cold chill, whole body rashes and hives on my back. I was sent to the ER and injected steroid and received some IV to get the symptom controlled. I am still feeling very ill, still taking Benadryl every 6 hours to control the allergy, I have been in bed for 4 days now after ER. Be careful with this antibiotic because it has Sulfa in it which apparently I am allergic to"

   
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Kedo December 20, 2017

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Bactrim (sulfamethoxazole / trimethoprim): "I had what I thought was a boil on the back of my leg so I went to the E. R the worst pain of my life cutting it open I left they gave me bactrim omg I woke up with the worst headache my body dried out cause of the medicine. My lips cracked an bleed just by moving my lips, I went to a different E. R blood pressure is 181/164 I have shakes blurry vision, pain all over my body I have HIV and diabetes so I'm scared. They gave me tramadol and sent me home. I've got my husband writing this cause I'm so weak. So please doctors if you read this we know our bodies better then you and I should have been admitted but the only excuse is I might pick up another infection. I can do that being out in the open smh I feel like I'm dying an nobody is listening"

   
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Very sick December 18, 2017

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"The worst antibiotic ever.... I have had headaches ever since I started taking it and now on day 7 I have a all over body rash. Went to the doctor and told stop taking it immediately as I'm allergic to it. Never again"

Amy1221 November 7, 2017

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"I just started taking it on Saturday and wondering how long before this kicks in. I am having hot & cold flashes and sweating like I was walking around with the hose on my head. I repierced my ear and it got infected. really bad. On Friday morning at 3:30 I had got up to the worst pain in me ear & head into my jaw I took the ear ring out. Then I went to medi quick my ear is red hot swollen and now oozing ... but I was wondering how long before it starts to work ? At the age of 53. I am going back to school to better myself I could not go today UGH"

   
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Brwnidangel64 (taken for less than 1 month) October 23, 2017

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"Took this for a skin infection. Sort of worked for the infection. Caused major side effects. Skin rash, headaches, irritability, depression, lowered sex drive. It’s been two days since stopping it and I still feel bad. I don’t recommend this drug."

   
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aziz789 September 15, 2017

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Bactrim (sulfamethoxazole / trimethoprim): "I had an incredibly bad reaction to Bactrim that led to Multiple Organ dysfunction / failure. I ended up in ICU for several days with liver and kidney failure that progressed into a pulmonary edema / A.R.D.S.. I came very close to dying after my kidneys shot down and my lungs filled with fluid. I have now been advised to never take another Sulfa based drug."

   
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D.S. (taken for less than 1 month) August 18, 2017

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"Had to have a Basel cell carcinoma removed from my neck. Followed Drs. orders. Lather with Vaseline and bandage etc. In three days the excision area along the stitches began to throb, turn red and feel warm. I had no fever, no oozing, no pain but soreness. Day 4 the area began to swell. Call doc and put me on antibiotic and said he could not take out stitches until the infection clears. Took a swab of area and said it was high growth MRSA keep taking antibiotic as prescribed. I decided to put tea tree oil on the excision and then bandage. So Glad I did, within 5 hrs the redness was light pink and started to form a scab. Day 7 on med all healing nicely not spreading and I continue with tea tree oil to hurry the healing."

   
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BellaandRovey August 9, 2017

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"Awful stuff, wretched stuff. If you suffer from Anxiety and depression this will magnify both by ten fold. Horrible palpitations of the heart, weird spiky fevers at random times, disoriented feeling while driving; it's just not a pleasant experience. Maybe I'm just allergic to sulfur or something but I can't stress enough-stay away from this stuff. There's plenty of other antibiotics that aren't this awful. I know my doctor had good intentions when prescribing me this garbage but I'm legitimately mad at him for putting me on this awful tripe."

   
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LordMythologys90s July 20, 2017

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"Started taking it 3 days ago and the first thing I noticed was a huge increase in anxiety. I have anxiety already, but this medication made it horrible. Started on it for an infected pimple, and it's helped that. Honestly It's not worth having tons of Panic Attacks, trouble breathing, weird taste in mouth, and even depression. It works on infection but not worth it for me.."

Andre66 June 29, 2017

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