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Bactrim (Co-trimoxazole Oral)
Co-trimoxazole Oral(coe try mox' a z
Why is this medication prescribed?
Co-trimoxazole is a combination of trimethoprim and sulfamethoxazole, a sulfa drug. It eliminates bacteria that cause various infections, including infections of the urinary tract, lungs (pneumonia), ears, and intestines. It also is used to treat 'travelers' diarrhea.' Antibiotics will not work for colds, flu, or other viral infections.
This medication is sometimes prescribed for other uses; ask your doctor or pharmacist for more information.
How should this medicine be used?
Co-trimoxazole comes as a tablet and a liquid to take by mouth. It usually is taken two times a day but may be taken up to four times a day for severe lung infections. Drink a full glass of water with each dose.
Before taking co-trimoxazole,
tell your doctor and pharmacist if you are allergic to co-trimoxazole, diuretics ('water pills'), oral diabetes medications, any sulfa drug, or any other drugs.
tell your doctor and pharmacist what prescription and nonprescription medications you are taking, especially methotrexate, phenytoin (Dilantin), warfarin (Coumadin), and vitamins.
tell your doctor if you have or have ever had liver or kidney disease, asthma, severe allergies, or glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase (G-6-PD) deficiency (an inherited blood disease).
tell your doctor if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breast-feeding. If you become pregnant while taking co-trimoxazole, call your doctor.
plan to avoid unnecessary or prolonged exposure to sunlight and to wear protective clothing, sunglasses, and sunscreen. Co-trimoxazole may make your skin sensitive.
What **side effects** can this medication cause?
Co-trimoxazole may cause side effects. Tell your doctor if any of these symptoms are severe or do not go away:
loss of appetite
If you experience any of the following symptoms, call your doctor immediately:
fever or chills
unusual bruising or bleeding
yellowing of the skin or eyes
If you experience a serious side effect, you or your doctor may send a report to the Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) MedWatch Adverse Event Reporting program online [at http://www.fda.gov/Safety/MedWatch] or by phone [1-800-332-1088].
So I went back to the doctor for a physical and Blood test. Also had an ECG. According to the doc, Everything is fine, glucose, iron, platelets... The only concerns was my LDL, which was a little elevated but my Vitamin D level was very Low. The doctor told me to just get some Vitamin D supplements (2000 UI).
As for the symptoms, My stool is still yellow, but it goes back and forth, occasionally to a normal color... I'm still eating plain pro biotic yogurt, before any meals in the morning. As for the throat swelling, it seemed to have dramatically reduced when I stopped using the desoximetasone 0.25 cream on (tuesday). I don't know if the time is right to associate the use of the cream to the throat closing/swelling, but not using it seems to coincide with symptom reduction..
I think yellow stools can mean a lack of bile. I'm far from an nutritionist, but that sounds like a digestive matter, maybe from the drugs. Many, many people are allergic to Sulfa drugs, and throat swelling is a common symptoms of drug allergies. I'm very allergic to Morphine Sulphate, and I have throat closing/swelling, or whatever happens if I get it.
You live in a part of the world where one wouldn't expect a vitamin D deficiency to be possible, given that the body makes it, I'm told, by exposure to the sun. I do think taking vitamin D supplements has to be accompanied by taking vitamin C supplements. I'd suggest you make an appointment with a dietician if your insurance supports it or you can afford the sessions. I was dumber than dirt about diet, medications, supplements twelve years ago, but learned a great deal by going to a dietician for several sessions.