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Author Topic: Bactrim Desensitization  (Read 9316 times)

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Offline BeachNYC

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Bactrim Desensitization
« on: June 16, 2006, 10:19:23 pm »
A few months back, my doctor started me on Bactrim. At day 7, I broke out in a horrendous rash, and we discontinued it. As my CD4s have dropped, it's more critical than ever that I have some sort of prophylaxis against PCP, and my doctor placed me on a liquid pediatric form of bactrim, which I took in increasing amounts for about 20 days. Started with drop, ended up at 20 ml, which is the equivalent of one Bactrim DS tablet.

So yesterday I started on the tablets, and I'm sort of just sweating it out, waiting to see if the rash will re-appear. Has anyone else used this desensitization program? (I found several references to it with details on the net, and the program I used was the same.) If you used it, did it work? If you used Bactrim and got a rash, did you continue with it and find that the rash gradually dissipated?

Any information will be appreciated.


BTW, sorry for all these posts, but I'm pretty new to this, and have lots of questions....and you all have so much knowledge.

Truvada, Reyataz, Norvir - started 5/13/2006
5/13/2006 - CD4 186; VL 52,000
5/30/2006 - CD4 117; VL 56,400 - (Somethin ain't right!)
6/19/2006 - CD4 295  VL 113
7/21/2006 - CD4 245  VL <50

Offline J.R.E.

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Re: Bactrim Desensitization
« Reply #1 on: June 17, 2006, 02:47:45 am »
Hello Robert,

Can't say I have any knowledge in that. On you on Zithromax also? Just curious. When My t-cells were that low, I was on Bactrim ( later changed to Dapsone" plus Zithromax. If I remember rightly, the Zithromax, was two pills, once a week.

I hope you have better luck, some people can not tolerate bactrim, but there are alternatives, and Dapsone is one of them.

Hope things get better soon for you. Hang in there !!

Take care of yourself-------Ray
Current Meds ; Viramune / Epzicom , 20 mg of Atorvastatin, 25 mg of Hydrochlorothiazide.
Amlodipine Besolate 5mg-- Updated 1/14/20

Diagnosed positive in 1985,.. In October of 2003, My t-cell count was 16, Viral load was over 500,000, Percentage at that time was 5%. I started on  HAART on October 24th, 2003.

 As of March 13,20,  Viral load remains <40

CD 4 @422 /  CD4 % @ 16 %

 68 years young.

Offline Teresa

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Re: Bactrim Desensitization
« Reply #2 on: June 17, 2006, 10:16:15 am »
Hubby developed a rash from Bactrim and the dr switched him to Dapsone. So far so good.

Hubby HIV+ 5/5/06
  %: 26.7
 VL: <20
Atripla (started it 8/24/06)

Offline Christine

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Re: Bactrim Desensitization
« Reply #3 on: June 17, 2006, 02:03:10 pm »
Hi Robert,
I had a really bad bactrim rash, switched to Dapsone, another rash, then Mepron, and now I use air-sliced Pentamidine. I spoke with my doctor about the desensitization, and she felt since I had a pretty bad reaction she did not want to risk it. I hope it works for you. If not, there are other options.
Poz since '93. Currently on Procrit, Azithromax, Pentamidine, Valcyte, Levothyroxine, Zoloft, Epzicom, Prezista, Viread, Norvir, and GS-9137 study drug. As needed: Trazodone, Atavan, Diflucan, Zofran, Hydrocodone, Octreotide

5/30/07 t-cells 9; vl 275,000


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