› 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.
› Can be taken with or without food.
› Generally few side effects compared with other antibiotics.
› 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 cause diarrhea.
› You may need to take Keflex (cephalexin) 2 to 4 times a day, which can be hard to remember.
› If you're allergic to penicillins or other antibiotics, you might not be able to take this medicine.
› 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
› Finish all of the medicine your doctor gives you, even if you start to feel better. Stopping it early can cause the bacteria to develop resistance.
› Store the suspension in the refrigerator. Shake well before using, and discard the bottle after 14 days.
› Can take with or without food.
› 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.