Friday, July 1, 2011

Bactrim (sulfamethoxazole/trimethoprim)

Common Side Effects
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Loss of appetite
  • Allergic skin reactions (such as a rash or itching).
Even though a skin rash due to Bactrim is quite common, it should always be reported to your healthcare provider. In general, it is recommended that you stop taking Bactrim at the first sign of a skin rash, as very dangerous reactions can develop (although this happens only rarely).
Other side effects
  • Signs of anemia, such as fatigue and pale skin
  • Signs of low white blood cells, such as frequent infections
  • Signs of low blood platelets, such as easy bruising or bleeding
  • Signs of kidney damage, such as very decreased urination
  • Signs of liver damage, such as yellow eyes or skin (jaundice), upper right abdominal pain, light-colored stools, or dark urine
  • Low blood sugar (hypoglycemia)
  • A cough or shortness of breath
  • Hallucinations
  • Depression
  • Signs of high potassium levels (hyperkalemia), including:

    • Abnormal sensations, such as burning, tingling, or pricking
    • Muscle weakness
    • Low heart rate (bradycardia)

  • Seizures
  • Watery or bloody diareah (which may occur long after you stop taking Bactrim)
  • Signs of an allergic reaction, such as:

    • An unexplained rash
    • Hives
    • Itching
    • Unexplained swelling (especially of the lips, mouth, or throat)
    • Wheezing or other breathing problems.
  • Weakness
  • Fatigue
  • Insomnia
  • Nervousness
  • A spinning sensation (vertigo)
  • Headaches
  • Ringing of the ear (tinnitus)

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