Trimethoprim/sulfamethoxazole are another forms
of oral antibiotics used for the treatments of severe acne infection. It is
often abbreviated as TMP/SMZ. The brand name found in The United States
includes Septra, Bactrim, and Sulfatrim.
alone usually prescribed for the treatments of moderate to severe acne
infections caused by bacteria. Dermatologist normally prescribed trimethoprimwhen other antibiotics and other treatment options failed to
work on acne. Most prescription medications including trimethoprim are not
suggested for the treatments of mild acne that responds easily to benzoyl
In some cases, dermatologist
prescribe trimethoprim as a substitute for acne treatment with isotretinoin.
Based on severity of acne and patients health conditions, isotretinoin cream can be used alongside with
Like any other
treatment guidelines, it is important not to exceed the recommended amount. Closely
follow how your skin responds to this medicine. If your acne get worst
after a reasonable time of using
trimethoprim, it is time to stop.
Sulfamethoxazole is another
antibiotic prescribed for the treatments of acne infection caused by bacteria.
However, because of bacterial resistant to this drugs, it is not prescribed
alone. Nowadays, it is prescribed along with other antibiotics such as trimethoprim.
Most people try to give their
medicine to others when they see the same symptoms as they do. There is one
rule of thumb!! Do not give any medicine including Sulfamethoxazole to
anybody else. These medicines can be dangerous for people unless
their doctor prescribed it.
When Trimethoprim/sulfamethoxazole work together
Trimethoprim/sulfamethoxazole work together in order to block folic acid
synthesis in bacteria. As a result, the
bacteria are unable to multiply and reproduce. In addition, TMP increase the efficiency
of SMZ by reducing the incidence of antibiotic resistance.
In order to see the best results, TMP/SMZ should be
supplemented with another treatment options. Usually, it performs well when it
combined with topical treatments such as retinoids. Whether you see best
results or not, you have to continue taking this medicine as prescribed by your
It can cause diarrhoea.
It increase sensitivity to sun, so do not exposed to direct
Stomach upset, nausea and loss of appetite.
Moderate rash or itching.
Do not use Trimethoprim/sulfamethoxazoleif you have/are
- Severe kidney disease
- Liver disease
- Severe allergies
- Breast feeding and pregnant
Talk to your doctor before using this medicine.
Do not exceed the recommended duration and amount.
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