This drug is an antibiotic. Sulfisoxazole belongs to the medicine class called sulphonamides or sulfa drugs. It works by stopping the growth of bacteria, but when combined with other compounds like trimethoprim, it kills bacteria.
You can not get this medicine without a prescription from your provider. Using this drug when it is not needed can cause it to not work for future infections.
Sulfisoxazole is a sulphonamide antibiotic that stops the growth of bacteria in the body. You can use it to treat infections in the body caused by bacteria. This medicine can not cure viral infections like the common cold. Avoid this drug during the latter part of pregnancy and while breastfeeding.
- Sulfisozaxole is available as tablets or suspensions that you can swallow. Always shake the suspension before using it.
- You can use this medicine with or without food.
- The amount of this drug and how many times you will use it depends on your age, illness and other factors.
- Please do not use more or less than recommended by your healthcare provider and always ensure you finish the dose. If you stop using this drug because you already feel better, your illness may come back. This drug may also not work again for future infections you may have.
- It is essential to use this drug consistently to maintain its action. Use it at the same time daily to avoid missing doses.
- If you miss one dose, use it as soon as possible. But if it is close to the time for the next dose, you can skip the dose you missed.
- Do not share your medicine with anyone, even those that have similar symptoms like you have.
If you use too much of this medicine and start to feel sick, go to a hospital as soon as possible. Signs of an overdose include blood in your urine, stomach ache and bleeding.
This drug can have some uncomfortable effects while you are using it. Examples are:
- Sore throat and fever.
- Stomach pain and loose stools.
- Pale skin and unusual tiredness.
- Jaundice, dark coloured urine and pale stools.
- Headache, nausea and vomiting.
- Unusual bruising, joint pain, joint swellings and bleeding from any part of the body.
Stop using this drug and see your healthcare provider as soon as possible if you experience:
- Skin peeling, blisters, itching or sores.
- Fast breathing, difficulty breathing or fainting.
- Swellings of the face, lips or throat.
The following are things to know before using sulfisoxazole:
- Inform your healthcare provider if you have ever had any bad reaction to this drug or any other medication.
- Do not use this drug if you have a condition called G6PD enzyme deficiency. It can cause severe low blood count and yellowness of the eyes.
- Drink plenty of water, at least 2 litres daily, while using this drug to prevent kidney stones.
- Sulfisoxazole is not suitable for use in children less than two months old. Older people should use it with caution.
- Let your provider know about any chronic illness like kidney disease, liver disease, asthma and anaemia. These conditions may make you more likely to experience side-effects from this drug.
- Do not use this medicine if you are in the latter part of pregnancy or are breastfeeding.