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The only differences between generics and their brand-name counterparts is that generics are less expensive and may look slightly different (eg. different shape or color), as trademarks laws prevent a generic from looking exactly like the brand-name drug.
Generics are less expensive because generic manufacturers don't have to invest large sums of money to develop a drug. When the brand-name patent expires, generic companies can manufacture a copy of the brand-name and sell it at a substantial discount.
Sulfatrim is an antimicrobial that can be obtained with a valid prescription. It is used to treat certain infections, including:
Sulfatrim comes in tablets for oral use that contain 400 mg of sulfamethoxazole USP and 80 mg of trimethoprim USP. Sulfatrim pediatric suspension for pediatric patients is also available for oral administration.
Sulfatrim should be taken as directed by your doctor. Talk to your doctor or pharmacist about any questions or concerns you may have.
Dosing of sulfatrim depends on the type of infection, age, and weight.
Your doctor will tell you how much sulfatrim you should take and for how long.
Patients with kidney problems may need a lower dose.
Sulfatrim tablets contain sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim. They also contain inactive ingredients, including colloidal silicon dioxide, croscarmellose sodium, magnesium stearate, and methylcellulose.
Do not take sulfatrim if you are allergic to the medication or to any of its ingredients.
Do not take sulfatrim if you have ever had immune thrombocytopenia (low platelet counts) due to a drug.
Do not take sulfatrim with trimethoprim and/or sulfonamides.
Do not take sulfatrim if you have megaloblastic anemia due to a deficiency in folate.
Dot take sulfatrim if you have severe kidney problems.
Do not take sulfatrim if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.
Do not administer sulfatrim to premature babies and infants younger than 2 months old.
Do not take sulfatrim if you have acute porphyria.
High potassium levels, anorexia, fungal overgrowth, headache, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and allergic skin reactions are the most common sulfatrim side effects; however, other side effects may also occur. Contact your doctor right away if you have bothersome or persistent side effects.
Sulfatrim. Vaughan, Ontario: AA Pharma Inc.; 2021.