Average Rating: 1.9 (1835 Ratings)

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 1  Bacterial infection Every side effect that the monograph mentions. Took for one month I stopped Bactria ds on 7/21/21 I am still experiencing/suffering and it is 11/28/21 night mares and flu like symptoms insomnia depression I am slowly recovering.( I estimated a total of 8 months to be back based on other people experience at least three more months This is truly poisonous. I researched this medicine the reason it takes so long to get better is because this medication crosses the BLOOD BRAIN BARRIER!!!!! Anytime you have a medication that crosses the BBB there will be trouble stopping the medication. It's basically withdrawal symptoms you are going through. Your body is trying to readjust it is collateral damage and thus the med is neurotoxic . I will never take this medication as long as I live!!!!! NEVER!!!!!!!! It's the epitome of poison. For your sake ask for anything other than this crap. This can cause permanent kidney damage. Little urine produced or to much because you creatinine level has increased and now that the medication is gone it takes a long time for the body to heal itself by your nation has never been the same I want to urologist to have my kidneys examined hopefully I don't have to go to a kidney nephrologist. Warning don't take it!!!!! A word to the wise is sufficient. Stay away from this medicine. A word to the wise is sufficient!!!! 64 1 months
800/125 2X D
 1  UTI After 3 tablets experienced intestine cramping, headache, anxiety, lack of energy, pain in my back and side I have taken other antibiotics for UTIs and have never experienced this. F 65 2 days
800/160 mg 2X D
 1  UTI Insomnia, tachycardia, metallic taste in mouth, loss of appetite, anxiety. Thank God I only took it for 5 days! I also take Singulair (asthma med) and it has a very apparent interaction with this antibiotic. Something neither my doctor nor pharmacy warned me about, I've been searching info on Bactrim to make sure it's not some other issue and came across the info about interaction with Singulair. I've been having the weirdest, wildest, most violent dreams ever, which is very odd because it feels like I haven't slept since I started taking Bactrim. Apparently, I also started talking in my sleep, according to hubs. The anxiety and tachycardia are the worst side effects, though. This is the first time I have any side effects to any medication but it's only a 5-day course so I stuck to it. If you have to take it for longer than that, ask for something else. F 39 5 days
800 2X D
 3  Eye infection-blocked tear duct Diarrhea, cramps , heart palpitations Infection cleared ,but side effects persist 2 weeks after finishing meds M 67 7 days
800-160 2X D
 1  UTI Took my first dose on 11/17. Woke up on 11/18 with stabbing stomach pains and loose stools. Went to work and began having severe anxiety attacks and vomiting. Every smell made me heave and I couldn't stomach anything. I left work early and fell asleep for 4 hours. Still feel like I haven't slept at all and I'm still experiencing abdominal pain along with back pain. Plus my feet feel like they are on fire and I have been experiencing tachycardia all day. F 30 7 days
2X D
 1  Kidney infection/UTI Dizziness, extreme nausea, flu-like symptoms, headache, tiredness. I'm not done with my prescription yet and it's driving me crazy. I seriously feel like i'm dying. I would ask for a different antibiotic because this is by far the worst one I have ever taken. It did clear up my infection for the most part after 2 days. But I don't think it's worth it. F 20 7 days
800/160mg 2X D
 1  Infection After taking the first pill I started getting very bad side lower left front and side pain. I haven't taken the medicine in 4 days and I am still dealing with the pain. I did not have the pain before taking the medicine. I do not recommend this medicine and Lord willing I will never take it again horrible, horrible medicine. M 45 5 days
500 mg 2X D
 1  Infection After taking the first pill I started getting very bad side lower left front and side pain. I haven't taken the medicine in 4 days and I am still dealing with the pain. I did not have the pain before taking the medicine. I do not recommend this medicine and Lords willing I will never take it again horrible, horrible medicine. M 45 5 days
500 mg 2X D
 1  Uti Really irritable, elevated anxiety (I take citalopram for anxiety, and on Bactrim it doesn’t work. At all!) Want to sleep a lot, stiff neck and headache for 2 days. No appetite, have to force myself to eat. Feeling depressed on it, too. I hate this antibiotic!! F 47 5 days
2X D
 2  Folliculitis Initially felt fine, black tarry stool, and fatigue. Then my neck and armpit lymph nodes got really sore, and I started to get sharp twangs of pin in my back (right side, kidney?). After 4 days, experienced R testicle soreness. Observed lump in lower abdomen. By Day 7, Doc advised “poss small inguinal hernia or inflammation of inguinal ring.” Then sudden sharp pains lower left abdomen. Into the night I experienced pelvic/bladder pressure that woke me up with the urge to urinate a little bit. Woke up with the same pressure, and lower back pain. By the 8th day of this, I stopped taking it. Side effects slowly got better, less pelvic pressure, less sharp pains in back right kidney area. Still sudden random sharp pains. Won't ever take a sulfa again: blood tests came back with low creatinine and high phosphorus, abnormal for me and apparently normal for a sulfa to make a body hold on to, can create bladder and kidney stones. Sure would explain a lot. M 31 10 days
2X D
 2  UTI Got prescribed the 3 day dose for UTI. Could only take 3/6 pills. Had to be switched to Augmentin. I was jittery and anxious. I had brain fog, weakness, extreme fatigue, tingling in both my arms. Day 2 off taking this I developed bilateral shoulder blade pain and a slight cough.. hopefully that goes away soon. Its only been 12 hours since I stopped taking it and the brain fog and tingling and anxiety has subsided. Still having fatigue, shoulder pain and slight cough. Will be adding this to my allergy list. F 27 3 days
2X D
 1  Uti Neck pain & stiffness, nausea, diarrhea, lower back pain , insomnia, anxiety, loss of appetite I was prescribed Bactrim for a UTI. First 2 days I had no side effects at all . Woke up on day 3 with a very stiff neck and had pain on the left upper part of my neck that radiated down my shoulder and back. Started to feel edgy by day 3 as well and this is also when I started waking in the middle of the night and having difficulty getting back asleep. Each day the anxiety got worse until day 5 .....that was the day I had had enough. By day 5 I was exhausted because I couldn't get any sleep at night , constantly felt nauseous, my lower back and sides where sore with an dull pain that would not let up . My anxiety was through the roof at this point ....I had trembling hands and felt like a nervous wreck. Not to mention I had zero appetite. I took this medication exactly as prescribed..... I drank lots of water and took the medication with food but it still didn't make a difference. Once I stopped taking it I noticed some relief within the first day and my neck pain had almost completely subsided day 3 I was almost myself again. Dr prescribed Monurol instead . Cleared up UTI with zero side effects. My advice is to go to your Dr right away if you have bothersome side effects, don't try to power through them . There's always another alternative that will work better for you F 38 7 days
800mg 2X D
 1  UTI had a 2 times a day 5-day script. I literally thought I had the flu if not C19. Shortness of breath, day 5 I had a low fever, chills, headache and lost my sense of smell. Never took the last dose as I was taking Tylenol to break the fever. Got a good night's sleep and woke up with more energy than I had the past 4 days. Still can't smell tho. I am also allergic to Clindamycin and from what I recall I had the same issues then that I had with this. F 38 0 days
 1  Persistent cough Horrible anxiety, insomnia, tiredness but with a nervous type of energy, severe heart palpitations, decreased urinary output. This drug is dangerous! F 82 5 days
2X D
 1  Pyeloplasty (kidney stent) Fatigue, muscle spasms, myoclonus, stiff neck, swollen tongue, sore mouth, nerve pain, like being electrocuted every few seconds, extreme weight loss, anxiety, depression This is poison. I thought I was going to die. I will never, ever, ever take it again. The surgery was the least of my problems. I just hope the evil side effects eventually go away. In a word, it is torture. I can see why it is banned in the UK. F 67 6 weeks
800/160mg 1X D
 2  Kidney infection Pain in back after day 5, anxiety, restless at night,but during the day very tired and weak feeling,loss of appetite,stomach cramps,aches and chills. I tried to just get thru it bc I had a severe infection but calling Dr in the morning I never want to take this again F 35 8 days
2X D
 1  Infection on thumb I started this medication without any qualms, since I have NEVER had a problem tolerating any antibiotics. The first symptom occurred when I awoke at 4 am on day 2, with vertigo and a panic attack. Since then, I have had a periodic racing heart, fairly constant nausea, decreased appetite, urinary frequency, and fatigue. I am normally an active, energetic woman, so this drug is making me feel miserable. I've decided I will not finish out the 10 day course. I am done! The infection in my thumb has greatly improved. But I am sure it would have improved with some other antibiotic. This really should be taken off the market! F 70 5 days
800MG 2X D
 1  Cyst in breast Fast heart rate, heightened anxiety, dizziness DO NOT take this. My mom (who had passed away sadly) always told her doctor that she flat out refused to take bactrim and now I see why. Was fine for the first 5 days. Then on day 6 everything went to hell. Elevated heart rate, my anxiety was (and still is kind of) through the roof. I was convinced I was actually dying. Went to the Er to get myself checked out. Blood tests were normal. Ekg was fine. Hopefully the elevated heart rate I'm still feeling goes back to normal. I wouldn't wish this on my enemies. This is hell in a pill. F 25 7 days
800 MG 2X D
 1  UTI Fever, redness, hot skin, heart palpitations, swollen tongue, muscle aches, dehydration, headache, horrible hallucinatory nightmares Oh my God, the nightmares. Like being trapped in a horror film. I only took 2 doses. Stopped taking it as soon as I broke my own fever with acupressure - thought I needed antibiotic to cure the infection causing fever, but it turns out this med causes fever and heat rash, and dehydration and makes you feel worse than the initial infection. Stopped taking it 43 hours ago but the Bactrim is still in my system and giving me a massive headache and the most horrifying nightmares. I am seeing people and talking to people and FEELING THEM TOUCH ME and they're all in my room and I scream myself awake only to find I'm still in another nightmare and have to shake myself awake again. Whole body tingling and heart pounding. But hey I stopped peeing every two hours.... now I just wet the bed from this freaking horror film in my head. Random crazy images flashing through my head trying to fall asleep. Makes you sensitive to sun!!! Do not take if you're going to be outdoors! (I didn't take it until after my beach vacation but it still had the same effect. Amplified body heat and dehydration) Nope nope nope nope nope. F 35 1 days
2X D
 2  Abscess in foot Irritability, anxiety, minor nausea, lack of appetite, diarrhea, sweating, high sensitivity to sun, high sensitivity to heat In 85 degree Fahrenheit temperatures or more, I felt like I was burning up and that was in the shade. I didn't dare go into the sun because I felt disoriented even confused if I was there for any particular time. I had to stay in the shade while I worked. Even in 70 degree temperatures I was sweating and of course I was drinking a lot of liquids anyway because I was warned of this medication crystalizing in kidneys to those who dehydrate. The bottle only warns of direct sunlight, but this was inaccurate for me I could not deal with the heat at all. I ended up being highly irritable at its worst and was yelling. Everyday the fatigue was significant after taking the morning dose. In about 20 minutes I would also feel anxious and irritable as well. In cooler temperatures, the difference was night and day in how I felt. I don't think I want to use this medication again. I feel awful for some of the things I said while I was so miserable. I still have two more pills left and good riddance after sticking it out. For its intended purpose, the medication worked great. Cleared the infection right up. I don't want to give it a high number however because how bad I might feel was not represented adequately. The fact that it fell 20 degrees hotter outside than it actually was to me and that it caused me to be so irritable I snapped and didn't even remember what I said, that's why I'm giving it such a low review and probably never taking it again if I can help it. M 40 7 days
H 49 2X D

BACTRIM  (SULFAMETHOXAZOLE; TRIMETHOPRIM):  This medication is a combination of two antibiotics: sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim. It is used to treat a wide variety of bacterial infections (such as middle ear, urine, respiratory, and intestinal infections). It is also used to prevent and treat a certain type of pneumonia (pneumocystis-type). This medication should not be used in children less than 2 months of age due to the risk of serious side effects. This medication treats only certain types of infections. It will not work for viral infections (such as flu). Unnecessary use or misuse of any antibiotic can lead to its decreased effectiveness.   (Sources: U.S. Centers for Medicare Services, FDA)