Sulfadoxine

How It Works:

Sulfadoxine is an antibiotic. It stops bacteria from producing folic acid, a vitamin required for bacterial replication.

Side Effects:

Nausea, Abdominal pain, Inflammation of nerve, Allergy, Balance disorder (loss of balance), Headache, Ringing in ear, Tingling sensation, Urticaria, Vertigo, Constipation, Diarrhoea

Used For:

Sulfadoxine is used in the treatment of bacterial infections and malaria

Instructions:

  • Take sulfadoxine along with food to minimize gastrointestinal side effects.
  • Take sulfadoxine with plenty of water to prevent crystalluria (crystals found in the urine when performing a urine test).
  • Avoid excessive sun exposure and wear protective clothing while taking sulfadoxine, as it may increase sensitivity to sunlight. 
  • Seek immediate medical attention if you experience signs of rash or any other allergic reaction or folate deficiency (low level of folic acid in the body).
  • You will be regularly monitored for complete blood count, liver function tests, analysis of urine for crystalluria if sulfadoxine is administered for > 3 months.
  • Do not drive or operate any machinery while taking sulfadoxine as it may cause dizziness.
  • Do not take if patient is allergic to sulfadoxine or any of its ingredients.
  • Do not take if patients with impaired kidney or liver function, blood dyscrasias (a diseased state of blood), folate deficiency, severe allergy or bronchial asthma, G6PD deficiency.
  • Do not given to Children less than 2 months.
  • Do not given to regnant women at term and breastfeeding women.
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