Saturday, January 11, 2014

What is the minimum age for giving Septran (Cotrimoxazole) in children?

Q: I have a 4 month old baby with Loose Motions. My pediatrician prescribed Bactrim / Septran, is it safe?

Ans. Yes, Cotrimoxazole (Bactrim, Septran, Septra etc.) is safe in children above 2 months age, and can be used in the dose of 8-10 mg/ kg/ day in 2 divided doses. Whether a 4 month old with diarrhea requires any antibiotics is another question altogether :)
If you have any further concerns, I would recommend that you discuss these with your pediatrician as well.
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