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Anyone Treated With Bactrim For SLE?

Anyone Treated With Bactrim For SLE?

Was hospitalisef for diffuse alveolar hemorrhage and as a result they've increased my immunosuppressive medication, added mycophenolate and also given me Bactrim as a preventative measure against any future infections (afaik I don't have any infections). After over a week of diarrhea, I'm pretty sure I've developed hemorrhoids and my skin is also very dry and painful. So anyway, felt a little better and decided to review my medication and it seems that Bactrim is the culprit ... It apparently… read more

A MyLupusTeam Member said:

Bactrim is a Sulfa drug and we are not supposed to take any sulfa drugs.
Unfortunately some doctors so not know much about Lupus. Hope you get to feeling better soon. 😊

posted over 2 years ago
A MyLupusTeam Member said:

Call your doctor

posted over 2 years ago
A MyLupusTeam Member said:

Bactrim (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim) is a combination of two antibiotics. Sulfamethoxazole is an anti-bacterial sulfonamide, a "sulfa" drug, and trimethoprim is a folic acid inhibitor. Bactrim is used for treating infections due to susceptible bacteria.
Lupus, Bactrim, and Meningitis : lupus - reddit

Oct 11, 2017 · Following up with her rheumatologist, he identified the cause, each time, as the antibiotic Bactrim. It’s usually prescribed to treat UTIs, and indeed, each time she got meningitis, she started with a UTI treated with bactrim. Apparently, people with lupus should never take any sulfa- antibiotic because of the risk of it turning into meningitis.

Hope this helps, try to google everything.
Feel better soon for a lovely weekend.
God bless everyone.

posted over 2 years ago
A MyLupusTeam Member said:

Thanks for the answers and hugs.

Physically, I'm feeling a lot better than I did a few days ago when I posted the question and exponentially better than I've been in the last few months.

I did see my GP, but she didn't want to change the Bactrim as apparently it was approved by my specialist so I'm still on it, but I've started taking iron supplements which has helped a lot with the diarrhea and hemorrhoids.

The only problems I have now are extremely dry skin, especially on my hands which do not seem to be getting better with any of the moisturizers I've tried and the hair loss, but I'm thankful that it hasn't been in patches and overall isn't very noticeable.

In the future though, I'll state that I'm allergic to Bactrim as it's definitely not agreeable with me.

edited, originally posted over 2 years ago
A MyLupusTeam Member said:


a chronic hardening and contraction of the skin and connective tissue, either locally or throughout the body.

posted over 2 years ago
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