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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