Treats bacterial infections. Vibramycin (Doxycycline) is good for treating many bacterial infections. It is also available as generic. However, it can make birth control pills less effective. You also have to protect yourself against sunburn.
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.
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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).
Upsides and benefits
› Available in generic.
› Available in different forms: tablet, capsule, and suspension.
› Used to treat many types of bacterial infections.
› Less resistance seen in bacteria to this antibiotic. Your doctor may run tests to see which antibiotics will kill the bacteria causing your infection.
› Widely available as a generic product and in a variety of formulations (tablet, capsule, suspension).
› Works well to treat many types of bacterial infections
Downsides and risks
› Can't be used in pregnant women and children under 8 years old.
› Makes your skin more sensitive to the sun.
› Has to be taken with plenty of water and food and you have to stay upright for 30 minutes afterwards to avoid stomach irritation.
› Can make birth control less effective.
› Can cause diarrhea.
› 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
Tips from our pharmacists for people taking the medication
› Take the medication exactly how your doctor tells you to.
› If you're using birth control pills, this medication can make them less effective.
› Wear sunblock if you have to go out into the sun since your skin can become more sensitive to sunburn.
› Can cause diarrhea, nausea or vomiting.
› Space out any vitamins by at least two hours.
› Take with plenty of food and liquids.
› Don't take any medications with bismuth (Pepto-Bismol, Kaopectate) while taking this medication.
› Don't lie down for at least 30 minutes after taking this 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.