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Is Bactrim an effective medication for typhoid fever?

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Dr. Chobufo Ditah

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Posted on Fri, 24 Feb 2017 in Infections
Question: I was diagnosed with Salmonella typhi O last week and have been running fevers all week. I was prescribed
Bactrim along with a fever reducer. So far it has been 6 days. How much loner should I expect to be sick anf when can I resume my normal activities? BTW I have been living in Puerto Vallarta for over 1 year with no ill effects.
Answered by Dr. Chobufo Ditah 3 hours later
Brief Answer:
Ask you doctor to change bacterium to ciprofloxacin!

Detailed Answer:

Bactrim is not the preferred first line drug for treatment of typhoid. With persistence of fever, I suggest that you doctor changes this drug to ciprofloxacin: 500mg twice daily for 10days. I will not want to wait further as you are not on the first line treatment choice for typhoid.

I wish you well and keep me posted with your respond to treatment.

Kind regards!

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