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Review: could Bactrim cause Headaches?

Summary: Headaches could be caused by Bactrim, especially for people who are female, 40-49 old, have been taking the drug for < 1 month, also take Bactrim ds, and have Hiv infection.

We study 28,070 people who have side effects while taking Bactrim from FDA and social media. Among them, 962 have Headaches. Find out below who they are, when they have Headaches and more.

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Bactrim

Bactrim (latest outcomes from 29,388 users) has active ingredients of sulfamethoxazole; trimethoprim. It is often used in urinary tract infection.

Headaches

Headaches (pain in head) (latest reports from 1,194,072 patients) has been reported by people with multiple sclerosis, high blood pressure, depression, rheumatoid arthritis, osteoporosis.

On Apr, 10, 2014: 28,003 people reported to have side effects when taking Bactrim. Among them, 962 people (3.44%) have Headaches. They amount to 0.08% of all the 1,197,963 people who have Headaches on eHealthMe.

Trend of Headaches in Bactrim reports

Time on Bactrim when people have Headaches * :

< 1 month1 - 6 months6 - 12 months1 - 2 years2 - 5 years5 - 10 years10+ years
Headaches71.83%16.90%4.23%2.11%4.93%0.00%0.00%

Age of people who have Headaches when taking Bactrim * :

0-12-910-1920-2930-3940-4950-5960+
Headaches0.00%3.42%10.27%8.38%10.98%23.73%20.07%23.14%

Severity of Headaches when taking Bactrim ** :

leastmoderateseveremost severe
Headaches0.00%50.00%33.33%16.67%

How people recovered from Headaches ** :

while on the drugafter off the drugnot yet
Headaches50.00%0.00%50.00%

Top conditions involved for these people * :

  1. Hiv infection (100 people, 10.40%)
  2. Hypertension (94 people, 9.77%)
  3. Multiple myeloma (62 people, 6.44%)
  4. Pain (62 people, 6.44%)
  5. Prophylaxis (58 people, 6.03%)

Top co-used drugs for these people * :

  1. Bactrim ds (250 people, 25.99%)
  2. Prednisone (142 people, 14.76%)
  3. Aredia (113 people, 11.75%)
  4. Ambien (109 people, 11.33%)
  5. Levaquin (108 people, 11.23%)

* Approximation only. Some reports may have incomplete information.

** Reports from social media are used.

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  • symptoms in area 3 started 2weeks post Septra course of 7 days. Seemed like gastroenteritis for 48 hours then diarrhea subsided but other symptoms remain.

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  • From this study (3 years ago):

  • Headache is as debilitating as the pelvic pain was. Is headache from bactrim or pyridium, one dose of diflucan before i was changed to bactrim or combination?

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  • From this study (4 years ago):

  • D Ayers on Apr, 16, 2010:

    The headache began within hours of taking the Bactrim. Not sure if the interaction of the Pristiq and Bactrim are related but four days were spent in the hospital with no specific diagnosis. General practitioner referred patient to neurologist.

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