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Bactrim and neutrophils

I had a UTI that I have not recovered from and in blood work I had low WBC and low neutrophils with slightly elevated monocytes. I still feel I have the UTI and going back to Urgent Care Cnter. I understand that Bactrim kills folic acid. Isn't folic acid related to production of neutrophils? If so is it safe for me to take Bactrim?
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Hi there!

Yes, bactrim is related to reduced folic acid levels, while this is a temporary effect in most cases as levels normalize as infection clears and antibiotic is discontinued. Folic acid is utilised for production of most cells in the body and a deficiency is unlikely to be associated with low neutrophil count alone. I would suggest consulting your treating doctor for a detailed evaluation and suggestion of an appropriate management plan.
Hope this helps.

Take care!
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Hi there!

Yes, bactrim is related to reduced folic acid levels, while this is a temporary effect in most cases as levels normalize as infection clears and antibiotic is discontinued. Folic acid is utilised for production of most cells in the body and a deficiency is unlikely to be associated with low neutrophil count alone. I would suggest consulting your treating doctor for a detailed evaluation and suggestion of an appropriate management plan.
Hope this helps.

Take care!
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Thank you for your time and information. You are most appreciated.

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