Latest research has unearthed certain facts about trimethoprim sulfamethoxazole, which is an antibiotic used commonly since 1968. The study says that consumption of this medicine can have serious reactions in the body. The study also says that doctors should be aware of the dangers before prescribing the medicine. This is an antibiotic that is used to solve problem related to infection of urinary tract. This drug is very efficient against bacteria and viral infections that are resistant to methicillin. The bacteria are known as MRSA, which is short for Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus. The antibiotic also treats other kinds of bacterial infections. Trimethoprim sulfamethoxazole is a very affordable and cheaply available drug. According to statistics, pharmacies sell around 4000 prescriptions every week, only in the state of Ohio.
Although the drug is used very commonly, it was unknown that it can cause life threatening problems in patients. Effects include dysfunction of kidneys as well. The drug is very beneficial is treating problems relating to the urinary tract. However, people suffering with HIV stand high risk of suffering from toxicities of MRSA. Risk is also high in pregnant wpmen. The authors have also said that in general, all antibiotics have adverse effects on the body. Besides studying the adverse reactions of the drug, researchers have also provided solutions as to how doctors can be careful while using the drug for treatments. NOT RISY is the acronym that the authors propose to help doctors remember the correct usage pattern. Further, authors suggest that use of alternate antibiotics in place of this particular drug can help in avoiding the harmful effects of the drug.
According to the authors, the drug can have very bad effect on pregnant women. Ways of overcoming the drawbacks with regard to damage to kidneys and hypoglycemia, are suggested. The authors of the study said that it is important for the doctors to be aware of the potential hazards of using certain kinds of drugs. Although these drugs are useful in solving the problem for which they have been formulated, they can have bad effects on other parts of the body. This theory has been in existence since decades and gradually, a number of facts about the most commonly used drugs are surfacing. The authors concluded by saying that doctors should make sure that follow up care is provided and the patients are monitored so as to detect any problem at the earliest. The best solution is to use an alternative therapy.