Compare Bactrim vs. Monurol

Head-to-head comparisons of medication uses, side effects, ratings, and more.

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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.

3.6/ 5 average rating with 473 reviewsforBactrim
Treats urinary tract infections.

Monurol (fosfomycin) is a good antibiotic for treating urinary tract infections.

Upsides
  • Widely available as a generic product and in a variety of formulations (tablet, capsule, suspension).
  • Works well to treat many types of bacterial infections
  • Monurol (fosfomycin) is good at treating the most common causes of urinary tract infections in women.
  • You only need to take 1 dose of this medicine for treatment of your urinary tract infection.
Downsides
  • 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
  • Although rare, Monurol (fosfomycin) can cause a severe allergic reaction in some people.
  • If you are breastfeeding, you might not be able to take this medicine.
  • It comes in a powder that needs to be mixed with water before taking by mouth.
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Dosage forms
  • Pill
  • Liquid
  • Powder for solution
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Reviews
473 reviews so far
59%
saidit'sworth it
49%
saiditworked well
22%
saidit'sa big hassle

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Side effects
The Bactrim (sulfamethoxazole / trimethoprim) FDA package insert doesn’t have numbers about how common side effects are.
10possible side effects
  • Diarrhea
    10%
  • Headache
    10%
  • Vaginal itching, pain, or discharge
    8%
  • Nausea
    5%
  • Stuffy and runny nose
    5%
  • Back pain
    3%
  • Painful menstruation
    3%
  • Sore throat
    3%
  • Dizziness
    2%
  • Feeling weak and without energy
    2%
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Risks and risk factors
  • Diarrhea
  • Sunburn
  • Rash
  • Harm to fetus
  • Lower kidney function
    • Elderly
    • Taking other medicines that lower kidney function
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