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  • Anyone else take bactrim for a UTI??

    Hi Ladies.
    Ok, I talked to the doc on call about the reaction I was having with cipro( I was getting tingly prickly feelings all over). He said to stop it just in case. This is the thing, he said I am allerigc to all the meds they use to treat UTI's really. He called in bactrim for me to try, but was not sure if it would help or not ( maybe it is not normally used to treat UTI's I dont know).
    I asked for the liquid form thinking it would be easier on my tummy ( I have major motility issues of the gut). Well, I took half the dose last night, I just took half because I wanted to see how I reacted to it. A half hour after taking it my bladder was in soooo much pain. I think it irritated my bladder. Now my stomach is even bothering me, I feel like a stuffed pig, so I guess it is upsetting my digestive tract as well.
    Have any of you taken bactrim for a UTI and been ok with it? Does it flare the IC.
    I have a problem because if this does not work for me, then I am out of luck as I am allergic to all meds that treat UTI's. He said I could go to the hospital and get IV anti-B's. That is a problem since I cannot really afford to do that every time I get a UTI and it is often it seems.
    I also do instillations at home once a week and am very very clean when I do it and use all the precautions( more than what the doctors even do), yet I am still getting these infections. I just dont understand it.
    Any ideas on what I could do? I mean is it possible to take an antibiotc that you have a reaction to,, but just take it with benadryl to counter act the reactions? I am just wondering, I would not do this unless I asked my doctor of course first. I just wanted to know if anyone has ever done this?
    Thanks for listening. I am at a loss here.

  • #2
    I've only had a couple of UTIs in my life (both pre-IC) and took bactrim for both of them. It worked.


    • #3
      HI Jen, I used to be able to take Bactrim......till it started turning my body beat red! My dr. said it was a symptom of being allergic to I can't take it any longer. It never bothered my bladder. I hope you get to feeling better! Roxie

      Double Spinal Cord Stimulator surgery 8/09
      Unsuccessful MiniArc sling surgery 12/07
      Dx'd Hypothyroid
      Dx'd Chronic Axonal Neuropathy & Myopathy
      June 2007
      Dx'd IC May 2006 (after suffering for 25+ yrs!)
      First Cysto 1979
      First Hydro 1981 (Many treatments since then!)
      Collagin"Durasphere" injections for urethra
      Gall bladder surgery Aug. 2004
      Gastric Bypass Dec. 2004
      Dx'd: Barrett's Esphogus July 2004
      Dx'd: Vaginal Atrophy 2005
      Bladder surgery 2000
      Dx'd: IBS 2000
      Hysterectomy (fibroids) 1999
      Laminectomy 1989
      Dx'd: Degerative Disk Disorder 1989

      For IC I use Elmiron, Elavil and Freeze dried Aloe Vera (it works likes Elmiron, but naturally)and Azo as needed. I also take Zegerid, Randitine for Barrett's Esophagus. (which causes me to have constant yeast infections!)I take Cymbalta for Neuopathy/Myopathy pain. I use the Climara patch for menopause symptoms. I'm on a very strict diet because of the IC, IBS and Gastric Bypass. I take Primal Defense Probiotics and whole food Iron.
      I no longer have the awful urethral pain! I've been using MSM gel now for 4 mo. and haven't had a flare up or the urethra's amazing stuff!!:woohoo:


      • #4
        Bactrim was all my old uro would give the point where I am allergic now. I noticed an increase in pain before I felt better when I was on it. I personally think sulfas are really tough on the body.

        IC diagnosed officially via cysto/urodynamics 1/26/07

        Grade II Endometriosis diagnosed via lap 12/11/07

        "Fall down seven times, Stand up eight."

        "Life is a tragedy for those who feel and a comedy for those who think."

        Current Treatments:
        Interstim Since 5/25/07!
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        • #5
          Thanks ladies.
          I have no clue what I am going to do as I am becoming allergic to all antibitoics. I have been on the bactrim for a coupel days now, and again I am feeling these tingly prickly sensations randomly all over. Really weird.
          I am going to see a allergist/immunologist to see if I can be desensitized against some of these meds possibly. This sucks!
          I wonder if when I get an infection and need the anti-B's if I could take the anti-B and also take a benadryl or a cortosteroid with it to lessen the reactions. I guess I will have to ask my doc about it.
          Thanks again ladies.