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When and How to Take Septra DS

Some general considerations include the following:
  • Septra DS comes in tablet form. It is taken by mouth, usually twice a day (although for certain uses, it is taken as frequently as four times daily or as infrequently as once daily).
  • Septra DS can be taken at any time of the day; however, be sure to take the medication at the same time(s) each day. For instance, if you take it twice daily, it is best to evenly space the doses, taking a dose every 12 hours.
  • You can take this medication with food or on an empty stomach. If it bothers your stomach, try taking it with food.
  • For the medication to work properly, it must be taken as prescribed. Septra DS will not work if you stop taking it too soon.

Dosing Information

The dose of Septra DS that your healthcare provider recommends will vary depending on a number of factors, including:
  • The type of bacteria and infection
  • Your weight and height (for some uses)
  • Other medical conditions you may have
  • Other medications you may currently be taking.
As is always the case, do not adjust your dose unless your healthcare provider specifically instructs you to do so.
(Click Septra Dosage for more information.)

Side Effects of Septra DS

As with any medicine, side effects are possible. However, not everyone who takes Septra DS will experience side effects. In fact, most people tolerate it quite well. Serious side effects are less common.
Some of the common side effects of Septra DS include, but are not limited to:
  • Rashes
  • Itching
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Loss of appetite.
(Click Septra Side Effects to learn more, including potentially serious side effects that you should report immediately to your healthcare provider.)
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