|bactrim and kidney problems?
Dec 2, 2001
My friend takes viracept, epivir, zerit and bactrim (prophylaxis) 2x/day, I believe. He reports that he has stopped taking the bactrim at times because he believes it causes kidney pain he experiences. The bactrim is very important right now, as his t cells have dropped to 150. Could there be a connection? I realize the other alternatives to Bactrim are not as effective. Are there environmental steps he can take to reduce his exposure to PCP? Thank you.
| Response from Dr. Henry
The sulfa part of Bactrim can occasionally cause some kidney problems. Taking a smaller dose (single strength once daily) and increasing water intake usually is helpful. You are correct-Bactrim is the much preferred drug in this situation.
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