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Can You Get a Bactrim DS Prescription Online?

If you have a bacterial infection, the last thing you want to do is drive across town and sit in a waiting room with a bunch of other sick people. Instead, you’re wondering if you can get a Bactrim DS prescription online.

The short answer is yes. You can get a Bactrim DS prescription online. PlushCare provides direct online access to top US doctors who can write and refill prescriptions online.

It’s best to come to your appointment prepared and since all antibiotics are different, let’s first talk about what Bactrim is, how it works, the risks and benefits, and other precautions and considerations of Bactrim. Then we’ll go into more detail about how you can get a Bactrim DS prescription online.

What is Bactrim?

Bactrim is the brand name for a medication that is a combination of two antibiotics: trimethoprim and sulfamethoxazole. It’s used to treat bacterial infections.

Bactrim is not effective against viral infections such as a cold or the flu. If you think you are experiencing the cold or flu click here for cold treatment and here for flu treatment.

How Does Bactrim Work?

Like other antibiotics, Bactrim works by preventing the growth of bacteria.

Bactrim Dosage and Treatment

Always follow your doctor’s dosage instructions as they may be different from the normal recommendations. Bactrim should be taken with a full glass of water every 6-8 hours based on your doctor’s recommendation. To avoid stomach upset, it can be taken with food or a glass of milk.

Always be sure to finish your prescribed medication. Even if you start to feel better you may still be infected with harmful bacteria. By stopping treatment early you risk those bacteria becoming antibiotic-resistant and your illness will be much harder to treat.

Benefits of Bactrim

Bactrim is used to treat bacterial infections like:

Side Effects of Bactrim

While it’s considered safe, Bactrim does carry a risk of side effects. Potential side effects that you could experience include:

  • Vomiting
  • Nausea
  • Diarrhea
  • Drowsiness
  • Loss of appetite
  • Cold or flu symptoms
  • Rash
  • Seizure
  • Joint pain
  • Yellowing of the eyes or skin
  • Muscle weakness
  • Mood or mental changes
  • Low blood cell counts
  • Electrolyte imbalance
  • Low blood sugar
  • Increased thirst
  • Decreased or increased urination
  • Liver problems
  • Kidney problems
  • Allergic reaction

Considerations and Precautions of Bactrim

Bactrim is generally considered safe, but it isn’t appropriate for everybody. Make sure you tell your doctor about all the medications you take and share your complete medical history to prevent serious complications.

Bactrim Interactions

Bactrim may cause serious interactions with other medications. Always tell your doctor about every medication you take including over the counter medications, vitamins, and supplements. Be especially certain to mention any of the following:

  • Methenamine
  • Pyrimethamine
  • Amantadine
  • Dofetilide
  • Cyclosporine
  • Methotrexate
  • Indomethacin
  • Leucovorin
  • Blood thinners like Warfarin
  • Water pills (diuretics)
  • ACE inhibitor heart or blood pressure medication like enalapril, ramipril, lisinopril, benazepril, quinapril, and others
  • Hormonal birth control

Other Bactrim Considerations

Bactrim may cause complications with certain medical conditions. Make sure to talk to your doctor about your medical history, especially about any of the following:

  • Kidney disease
  • Liver disease
  • History of low blood platelets caused by taking trimethoprim or any sulfa drug
  • Folic acid deficiency
  • Severe allergies
  • Alcoholism
  • Asthma
  • HIV or AIDS
  • A thyroid problem
  • High potassium levels
  • Porphyria
  • G6PD deficiency
  • Decreased bone marrow function
  • You are malnourished

Bactrim and Pregnancy or Breastfeeding

Bactrim may cause harm to an unborn child and should not be taken by women who are pregnant or planning on becoming pregnant.

Bactrim passes into breastmilk and may harm babies. Talk to your doctor before taking Bactrim if you are breastfeeding.

Can You Buy Bactrim DS Online?

While it is possible to buy Bactrim online, you need to be careful because there are websites out there that are skirting the law. Did you know that federal law requires everybody to speak to a doctor before getting any prescription medication, including Bactrim? Therefore, any website claiming that they can mail you a prescription medication from another country without talking to a doctor first is not reputable.

Fortunately, there is a safe and legal way to buy Bactrim online. With PlushCare, you can have a phone or video appointment with a licensed doctor. If the doctor decides that you would benefit from Bactrim, then they can electronically send a prescription to your local pharmacy.

Getting started is easy. You can click here or call (888) 863-6175 any time to schedule an appointment.

At your appointment time, you’ll be asked about your medications and medical history. This helps reduce potentially serious medication errors.

Then, you’ll have a video or phone appointment with one of our trusted doctors where you can discuss your symptoms and concerns. If the doctor thinks that Bactrim is right for you, they can send an electronic prescription to your preferred pharmacy, where you can pick it up as soon as it’s ready.

It’s as easy as that to get a Bactrim DS prescription online. Just click here or call (888) 863-6175 to make an appointment. You no longer need to go into your doctor’s office just to get a prescription.

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