Should I skip my Bactrim dose?
December 30, 2012 5:50 PM Subscribe
YANMD, etc: I started Bactrim yesterday for a MRSA-esque skin infection. I'm experiencing side effects that don't exactly bother me (persistent headache), but the prescription info sheet warns that I should be contacting my doctor ASAP. I'll be doing that tomorrow morning, but should I skip my dose tonight? Other deets within.
posted by Chutzler to Health & Fitness (15 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
I've had three doses so far, 800mg apiece, taken them all with food, I'm drinking plenty of water, etc- my last dose was at 9am this morning, left coast time. My infection seems to be going down pretty quickly (thank dog - I had one this summer that took a full course before it subsided, drug that time was Septra), but I've had this annoying and persistent headache all day (3 to 4 and back again out of 10 on the pain scale, 10 being biblical agony), and I may have had it last night but I can't remember. Everything I find on the net tells me to get in touch with the doc tout suite, but none of that internet stuff says why. I tried Ibuprofen about an hour ago and it seems to have dulled the headache's edges a bit, but it's still there.
Some other background stuff:
Like I mentioned, I've had a similar infection in the past and took Septra for that (which I understand is quite similar to Bactrim) and had no side effects that I can remember. That infection only started subsiding towards the end of a ten-day prescription.
My eyes are also a bit red / bloodshot, though I'm not sure if that's related or not. I think I'm allergic to something in the house, but my eyes didn't start looking funny until last night. I can see fine, I don't have any aches that I didn't have before (thanks to a rude case of workout soreness), and I'm not nauseous or dizzy.
That's all I can think of at the moment. Would it hurt to skip tonight's dose - and maybe tomorrow morning's - until I got in touch with the doc? My first priority is to nuke this infection, my second is to survive.