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Septran (sulfamethoxazole, trimethoprim) is a potent combination of antibiotics used to treat bacterial infections. It is suitable for use in ages 2 months and up, though young patients will need adjusted dosage and may need the medication in an oral solution rather than tablets.
The two antibiotics in this medication are:
Together in Septran, the medication is used to treat:
For best results the offending bacteria should be identified by a doctor prior to starting treatment; Septran is not effective against all bacteria. A doctor can also determine if the bacteria are resistant to the medication.
Dosage and duration of treatment may vary to some extent according to the condition, its severity, and other individual variables like age and weight. Rough guidelines for adults are:
A doctor should determine dosage for young patients who weigh under 40 kg (88 lbs).
It's important that treatment is completed even if all symptoms disappear; failure to do so will not only contribute to the development of resistant bacteria, but may cause a resurgence of the infection. As a general rule treatment with most antibiotics should continue for three days following the resolution of all symptoms.
Some improvement is often seen with the first dose but it may take several days before significant improvement is seen. If no improvement is noticed after several days, or if the condition worsens at any time during treatment, a doctor should be consulted.
Potential Side Effects
Side effects from Septran are usually mild and similar to those experienced with any other antibiotic, including:
The above are not cause for concern unless severe enough to be disruptive.
If diarrhea or vomiting are experienced, care should be taken to remain hydrated.
Patients with preexisting kidney problems should speak with a doctor before starting treatment with Septran.
Effects of Septran on unborn or nursing babies are not clear; the medication should only be used with benefits outweigh potential risks in pregnant or breastfeeding mothers.
Septran may interact with a range of other medications, reducing effectiveness and/or increasing risk of side effects. Always double-check with a doctor or pharmacist before mixing treatments, including over-the-counter varieties.