Kills bacteria. Bactrim (sulfamethoxazole / trimethoprim) is good for treating many bacterial infections and is available as a generic. However, you can be more likely to sunburn.
Treats bacterial infections. Augmentin (amoxicillin / clavulanate) is first-choice antibiotic for most common types of infections. However, it may not work against more serious or uncommon types of infections.
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› Bactrim (sulfamethoxazole / trimethoprim) can harm your kidneys, especially if you're taking anti-inflammatory pain relievers like Motrin or Advil or other medicines that also affect your kidneys. Make sure to drink plenty of water or fluids while you're taking Bactrim (sulfamethoxazole / trimethoprim).
› Liver damage has been associated with patients taking Augmentin (amoxicillin / clavulanate). It's usually reversible, but deaths have been reported. Talk to your doctor if you notice pain in your abdomen, loss of appetite, yellowing of your skin or eyes, or dark colored urine.
Upsides and benefits
› Widely available as a generic product and in a variety of formulations (tablet, capsule, suspension).
› Works well to treat many types of bacterial infections
› Available as generic product.
› Available in tablet, capsule, and liquid forms.
› Used to treat most common types of bacterial infections.
› Side effects are generally not too bad compared to other antibiotics.
Downsides and risks
› Makes you sensitive to the sun.
› Can upset your stomach
› Drink plenty of water or fluids to avoid harming your kidneys
› May cause birth defects
› Many bacteria have developed resistance to this antibiotic.
› Can cause diarrhea, nausea, and vomiting.
› Birth control pills may not work as well to prevent pregnancy when taking this medication.
Tips from our pharmacists for people taking the medication
› Take Bactrim (sulfamethoxazole / trimethoprim) exactly the way your doctor tells you.
› Can make you more sensitive to the sun. Keep out of the sun or wear protection while under the sun.
› Drink plenty of water or liquids while on Bactrim (sulfamethoxazole / trimethoprim) to avoid harming your kidneys.
› Can cause upset stomach.
› Can cause an allergic reaction. Talk to your doctor if you notice skin rash or swelling of your face.
› Finish all of your medicine even if you start to feel better. Stopping it early can cause the infection to come back stronger than before.
› Can make your oral birth control less effective. Consult your doctor or pharmacist if you need to use backup.
› Take with food if you're having upset stomach.
› Store the liquid in the fridge and throw away after 10 days.
› Shake the suspension thoroughly before using each dose.