Septrin is used for the treatment of a variety of bacterial infections, including bronchitis and infections of the ear, sinus, kidney, bladder, stomach, bowel, skin and wounds. Trimethoprim and sulfamethoxazole (the active ingredients in SEPTRIN) belong to a group of medicines called “anti-infectives”.
Septrin is also the first choice for treating people who do develop Pneumocystis carinii pneumonia(PCP). The dose used for treating PCP is higher than that used for preventing PCP. In some cases, if the PCP is more severe, you may be given Septrin intravenously. The recommended treatment lasts 21 days. It may be possible to switch to tablet form of Septrin if you respond well to the treatment. It may take five to seven days before you start to feel better. You may also be given a steroid, prednisone, to relieve your symptoms.
After the PCP has been successfully treated, you will need to take PCP prophylaxis to reduce the risk of it recurring. This is called maintenance therapy or secondary prophylaxis. You should be able to stop the maintenance therapy once your CD4 cell count has risen and your HIV viral load has been undetectable for some time.
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