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Mar 20, 2013

I've been taking bactrim-DS, an antibiotic with ART since last 5 years. It was prescribed by a doctor when my CD4 count was 2. Now my CD4 count has surged to 500. Do I still need to take antibiotic. Am I unnecessarily taking it? Antibiotics are known to have side effects on body.Will it be wise to continue with that antibiotic.

Response from Dr. Young

Hello and thanks for posting.

Bactrim (trimethoprim sulfa) is used to prevent certain AIDS-related opportunistic infections. While all medications can cause side effects, the use of Bactrim in this setting is life-saving. Bactrim prophylaxis can be discontinued when CD4 counts are repeatedly above 200.

Hope that's helpful, BY

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Missing one of the three meds prescribed

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