Septra Injection (as a combination product containing Sulfamethoxazole, Trimethoprim)

Name: Septra Injection (as a combination product containing Sulfamethoxazole, Trimethoprim)

How should this medicine be used?

Co-trimoxazole injection comes as a solution (liquid) to be mixed with additional liquid to be injected intravenously (into a vein) over 60 to 90 minutes. It is usually given every 6, 8, or 12 hours. The length of your treatment depends on the type of infection you have and how your body responds to the medication.

You may receive co-trimoxazole injection in a hospital or you may administer the medication at home. If you will be receiving co-trimoxazole injection at home, your healthcare provider will show you how to use the medication. Be sure that you understand these directions, and ask your healthcare provider if you have any questions.

You should begin to feel better during the first few days of treatment with co-trimoxazole injection. If your symptoms do not improve or get worse, call your doctor.

Use co-trimoxazole injection until you finish the prescription, even if you feel better. If you stop using co-trimoxazole injection too soon or skip doses, your infection may not be completely treated and the bacteria may become resistant to antibiotics.

Other uses for this medicine

Co-trimoxazole injection is also sometimes used to treat other serious bacterial infections. Talk to your doctor about the risks of using this medication for your condition.

What special dietary instructions should I follow?

Unless your doctor tells you otherwise, continue your normal diet.

Drink plenty of fluids during your treatment with co-trimoxazole injection.

What other information should I know?

Keep all appointments with your doctor and the laboratory. Your doctor will order certain lab tests to check your body's response to co-trimoxazole injection.

Before having any laboratory test, tell your doctor and the laboratory personnel that you are receiving co-trimoxazole injection.

It is important for you to keep a written list of all of the prescription and nonprescription (over-the-counter) medicines you are taking, as well as any products such as vitamins, minerals, or other dietary supplements. You should bring this list with you each time you visit a doctor or if you are admitted to a hospital. It is also important information to carry with you in case of emergencies.

Other names

  • Co-trimoxazole Injection
  • SMX-TMP Injection