"A family of bacteria has become increasingly resistant to last-resort antibiotics during the past decade, and more hospitalized patients are getting lethal infections that, in some cases, are impossible to cure.Â The findings, published today"...
Patients should be counseled that antibacterial drugs including SEPTRA (trimethoprim and sulfamethoxazole) should only be used to treat bacterial infections. They do not treat viral infections (e.g., the common cold). When SEPTRA (trimethoprim and sulfamethoxazole) is prescribed to treat a bacterial infection, patients should be told that although it is common to feel better early in the course of therapy, the medication should be taken exactly as directed. Skipping doses or not completing the full course of therapy may (1) decrease the effectiveness of the immediate treatment and (2) increase the likelihood that bacteria will develop resistance and will not be treatable with SEPTRA (trimethoprim and sulfamethoxazole) or other antibacterial drugs in the future.
Patients should be instructed to maintain an adequate fluid intake in order to prevent crystalluria and stone formation.
Last reviewed on RxList: 10/19/2010
This monograph has been modified to include the generic and brand name in many instances.
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