SEPTRIN: TEN FACTS YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT IT.

  1. Many of us call it Septrin but its actual name is jaw-breaking. Its real name is trimethoprim/ sulfamethoxazole.
  2. It is a drug of choice in immunocompromised patient suffering from pneumocystic jiroveci pneumonia.
  3. Other use of septrin include treatment of urinary tract infection, chronic bronchitis and shigellosis.
  4. It is unsafe for a child less than two months.
  5. Pregnant women should avoid it except otherwise stated by your doctor.
  6. It is best avoided when breastfeeding
  7. If you have kidney or liver problem, do not take septrin.
  8. Adverse effects of the drug include: Steven-Johnson syndrome, toxic epidermal necrolysis, rash and vomiting.
  9. Do not take with BCG or Typhoid live vaccine.
  10. Patients with heart problem should inform their doctors before taking septrin with artemeter/ lumenfantrine.

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