Is It Safe To Take Bactrim While Breastfeeding?

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Are you suffering from a UTI (urinary tract infections) while nursing your newborn? Do you suffer from constant diarrhea while you are breastfeeding?

If you nodded along worriedly, the right dose of Bactrim while breastfeeding could help relieve these conditions. But is it safe while you are breastfeeding? Well, read our post and get the answer to that question below.

What Is Bactrim?

Bactrim is an effective medication and combination of antibiotics, namely trimethoprim and sulfamethoxazole, that treat several different kinds of infections that occur due to bacteria. The drug is a combination of one part of a synthetic drug popular as trimethoprim and five parts of sulfonamide drug popular as sulfamethoxazole. The unique combination of antibiotics curbs bacterial growth and cures your bacterial infection (1).

Is It Safe To Take Bactrim While Breastfeeding?

Bactrim easily passes into the breast milk, so you need to exercise caution while using it. When you take the drug, the levels of sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim in your breast milk increase to approximately 2% to 5 % of the daily recommended dose for infants. So, consult your doctor while going for Bactrim if you are breastfeeding. If your baby has jaundice, is stressed, is ill, or is premature, he is at a high risk of kernicterus and bilirubin displacement. So, avoid taking Bactrim while you are nursing.

Also, you should not take Bactrim if you are suffering from critical kidney or liver ailment, a history of low blood platelets due to trimethoprim, and anemia due to folic acid deficiency. Consult your doctor before you go for the drug while breastfeeding (2).

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Benefits Of Bactrim Breastfeeding:

Bactrim is an excellent combination of antibiotics that can relieve several bacterial infections while you are nursing your baby. Here, we list some bacterial infections in nursing mothers that Bactrim can help treat:

1. Urinary Tract Infections (UTI):

Bactrim is an effective cure for urinary tract infections resulting due to bacteria, such as E.coli, Morganella morganii, Proteus Vulgaris, Proteus mirabilis, Klebsiella, and Enterobacter. The drug relieves the symptoms of UTI, such as a burning sensation while urinating, cramps in lower abdomen, foul-smelling urine, frequent urination, and blood in the urine. Nursing mothers should ensure adequate fluid intake and urinary output to prevent the risk of crystalluria while having Bactrim to treat a UTI.

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2. Ear Infections:

Bactrim helps treat ear infections resulting due to bacteria, such as Haemophilus influenza and Streptococcus pneumonia. However, lactating mothers should consult the doctor before taking the medication to cure any ear infection (3).

3. Chronic Bronchitis:

Chronic bronchitis is a bad condition, which only gets worse when it occurs due to Haemophilus influenza or Streptococcus pneumonia. However, having an appropriate dose of Bactrim helps you cure this ailment effectively (4).

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4. Diarrhea:

Bactrim provides nursing moms relief from diarrhea and dysentery resulting due to Shigella sonnei infections, Shigella flexneri, enterotoxigenic E. coli, and traveler’s diarrhea (5).

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5. Pneumonia:

Bactrim cures pneumonia that occurs due to Pneumocystis jiroveci. The medication also boosts your immunity considerably (6).

Side Effects Of Bactrim While Breastfeeding:

Even though there are many benefits of having Bactrim, there is always a possibility that you may experience some side-effects of the drug. Here, are some common side-effects of the medication.

  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Anorexia or loss of appetite
  • Stomach ache
  • Rash
  • Hives
  • Itchiness (7)

If you experience any of these side-effects while breastfeeding your infant, stop taking the medication and check with your doctor as soon as possible.

Did you have Bactrim while nursing your dear little one? How did you benefit from it? Did you suffer from any side effects? Tell us about Bactrim and breastfeeding here. Leave a comment below.

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