Sulfamethoxazole Trimethoprim Alcohol
Sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim is the generic name which is also sold under the brand names Bactrim DS, Septra, Septra DS, SMZ-TMP DS, Sulfatrim Pediatric.This drug is used for the treatment of ear infections, urinary tract infections, bronchitis, traveller’s diarrhea as well as pneumocystis carini pneumonia. This antibiotic may also be used for other purposes.
Do not consume alcohol while using this drug as the effectiveness of the drug will be greatly reduced.
At this time the medical community defines moderate consumption of alcohol as no more than two drinks per day and no more than 14 drinks per week. Anything more than that is considered an unhealthy dependency on alcohol that may have adverse social, family and health consequences.
If a person drinks only once or twice a week but drinks on the same days each week and more than two drinks this is considered as an alcohol dependency.
If a person binge drinks at any time during the week this is also considered as alcoholism.
Some consider alcoholism as a disease while others consider it an addiction which is the result of personal choice and character fault. This school of thought blames the alcoholism on life style choices.
Personally I consider alcoholism a genetic tendency as I have seen families of alcoholics even when they live far apart. These unfortunate people are probably dependent on alcohol from the first drink.
When alcohol interacts with prescription over the counter drugs it usually results in negative health effects most especially liver damage as the main organ affected.
It is suggested that before taking this or any other drug you have a frank and honest discussion with your physician as to your drinking habits. This may be difficult as many alcoholics are in a state of denial as to their drinking habits.
I have also noticed that many alcoholics are not subject to the morning after illness that most of us suffer through when we drink too much. Severe alcoholics usually find if they feel “shakey” in the morning, a drink will make them feel more normal.
This drug should not be used if you are pregnant as birth defects in the baby could occur.
Before starting this drug advise your physician if you have kidney or liver disease, a folic acid deficiency, asthma or severe allergies, AIDS, a glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase deficiency or if you are malnourished.
Less serious side effects of Bactrim and alcohol are painful or swollen tongue, dizziness, spinning sensation, ringing in your ears, joint pain or sleep problems. If these occur call your physician for advice.
Serious side effects of Bactrim and alcohol are fever, sore throat, headache with severe blistering, peeling or rash, pale skin, easy bruising or bleeding, cough, shortness of breath, bloody or watery diarrhea, feeling restless or irritable, confusion, hallucinations, seizure, slow heart rate, weak pulse, severe tingling, numbness, muscle pain or weakness, nausea, stomach pain, loss of appetite, itching, dark urine, clay colored stools, jaundice, chills, body aches, flu symptoms or changes in urination. If these occur get emergency medical help.
This site serves as an information source only and does not dispense medical advice or any other kind of advice. If you are seeking medical advice you are advised to consult your own physician.
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