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Sulfamethoxazole And Hiv

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Trimethoprim/Sulfamethoxazole, Cotrimoxazole

What Is TMP/SMX? TMP/SMX is combination of two antibiotic drugs: trimethoprim andsulfamethoxazole. It is also known as cotrimoxazole. It is soldas Bactrim® (manufactured by Roche) or Septra® (byMonarch Pharmaceuticals). TMP/SMX is sold under many other namesin different parts of the world. Antibiotics fight infections caused by bacteria. TMP/SMX is alsoused to fight some infections caused by protozoa, and someopportunistic infections in...
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hi my question is, if i have hiv can i take sulfameth/trimethoprim?...
Keith Henry, M.D.

Response from Keith Henry, M.D.

University of Minnesota, School of Medicine
Sulfamethoxazole/trimethoprim (Bactrim/Septra) is a commonly used antimicrobial in HIV+ patients. It is effective at preventing and treating PCP and MSRA infections among many uses. Rates of side effects are higher in HIV+ patients with... Read more »

What is Sulfameth/trimethoprim?

What is Sulfamethoxazole/trimethoprim used for?...
Brian Conway, M.D.

Response from Brian Conway, M.D.

University of British Columbia
This is a very common antibiotic used for the treatment of many infections, such as those of the urine or respiratory tract. One of its main applications in the setting of HIV infection is as an agent to prevent PCP.... Read more »


what if any are its side effects?...
Keith Henry, M.D.

Response from Keith Henry, M.D.

University of Minnesota, School of Medicine
Sulfamethoxazole in often used (with trimethoprim) in HIV+ patients to treat or prevent a wide variety of infections. The most common side effects are a rash (occasionally severe), gut (nausea, vomiting), itching, fever, low white cell counts and... Read more »

hives and rash

Hello, I have been taking sulfamethoxazole/trimethoprim 800/160 once a day now for over two years, once a day due to my cd4 being 160 and viral load 23,000. I had a slight touch of bronchitis last year as well. Lately I have been getting hives and...
Brian Conway, M.D.

Response from Brian Conway, M.D.

University of British Columbia
It is very unlikely that you are allergic to the sulfa drug after all this time, unless you have recently increased the dose for some reason. It is possible that the rash you describe is due to an allergy to another medication, or perhaps some new... Read more »
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