Taking Bactrim When You're Hiv Positive

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Preventing Other Infections

...are meant to prevent opportunistic infections from taking advantage of your weakened immune system. Doctors use the word "prophylaxis" to describe these medications. The most common type of drug used in this way is called Bactrim (it also goes by the names TMP-SMX, Septra, Sulfatrim and co-trimoxazole). Bactrim is an antibiotic; its chief mission is to prevent you from developing a potentially life-threatening form of pneumonia known as ...
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Bactrim and levaquin

I was diagnosed HIV + a month and have been taking Atripla and Bactrim due to my low CD4 count of 125. THe other night I went to the energency room with what I thought was a bad head cold. It turned out to be the early beginnings of phemonia. The...
Benjamin Young, M.D., Ph.D.

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Hello and thanks for your post.All of your medicines can be safely taken together.I hope you're on the mend.BY Read more »

medicines for HIV+

dear doctor, i have the HIV test on dec 08 and found positive. VL=49000, CD4=150 and �4=8.8. doctor said that i look ok and under stage 2. He put me on ARV treatment after my sore throat and ulcer fully healed(ie one month after). My tough grow...
Benjamin Young, M.D., Ph.D.

Response from Benjamin Young, M.D., Ph.D.

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...taking is a very well tested and recommended one.With your other symptoms and counts, it's certainly reasonable to be taking Bactrim to prevent PCP and fluconazole to treat your oral yeast infection.Be well,BY Read more »

should I continue taking bactrim

Endless thanks Dr Benjamin for answering my question on how fast could CD4 count down, it is the first answer out of my 4 questions here, please Im still concerned, should I continue on daily bactrim? I am still taking bactrim 2x1 a day, and that is...
Benjamin Young, M.D., Ph.D.

Response from Benjamin Young, M.D., Ph.D.

Rocky Mountain CARES
...Thanks for your follow up.If your CD4 count is above 200, you don't need to be on Bactrim (TMP/SMX, Cotrimoxazole, Septra) at all. Given that you have multiple tests that show this, I'd feel quite confident that you Read more »

CD4 % and Bactrim

The MD I work with prescribes Bactrim for all HIV + patients with CD4 percentages of
Benjamin Young, M.D., Ph.D.

Response from Benjamin Young, M.D., Ph.D.

Rocky Mountain CARES
...Thanks for your post.Typically we'll discontinue PCP prophylaxis (Bactrim, Septra or others) when we have confirmed CD4 absolute counts above 200 and percentages above 15%.BY Read more »
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Telling Others You're HIV Positive

...Are the Issues? General Guidelines Special Situations Getting Help What Are the Issues? When you test positive for HIV, it can be difficult to know who to tell about it, and how to tell them. Telling others can be good because: ... Read more »
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This Month in HIV: Having a Baby When You're HIV Positive

...was hard. So during that six weeks when he was on meds ... and then he went a little bit longer on that on ... they give them Bactrim to make sure they don't get PCP [ Pneumocystis pneumonia]. So even after I stopped the antiviral prophylaxis, I... Read more »
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Pneumocystis Pneumonia (PCP)

...cancer patients with weakened immune systems. In 1985 a small study showed that these drugs would also prevent PCP in people with AIDS. The drugs used to treat PCP include TMP/SMX, dapsone, pentamidine, and atovaquone. TMP/SMX (Bactrim or... Read more »
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...CD4 counts below 300 should discuss PCP prevention with their health care provider, before they experience any symptoms. Bactrim or Septra (TMP/SMX) is normally the most effective drug against PCP. It is also inexpensive, costing only about... Read more »
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Living in China with an HIV positive partner

Posted by geekboy75, 1 Reply
...medication as soon as possible but everything seems to involve an unreasonably long wait. The hospital - one of the best for PLHIV/AIDS in Beijing and really supportive - is now saying he needs to have a complete health evaluation before they can... Read more »

Lighting Bolt

Posted by Jim327040, 2 Replies
...feel pretty good and look very healthy. I seem to be tolerating Atripla very well. Because of the low CD4, I've been on daily Bactrim antibiotic daily and am told I will be for probably at least a year (for at least 6 months after my CD4 moves... Read more »

Husband just diagnosed with AIDS

Posted by jillymae06, 8 Replies
...My husband of 13 years has just been diagnosed with AIDS... we skipped the HIV+ part and went right to full-blown AIDS. I am scared and angry at the same time. He has battled oral Read more »

allergic reactions

Posted by TRex, 2 Replies
...Has anyone who is HIV positive had a lot of allergic reactiosn to antibiotics? I had two allergic reactions (the Bactrim one was the one who made me ask for the HIV test).the other one is Keflex. I am on Augmentin now and woke up with another... Read more »
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