Sulfamethoxazole and Trimethoprim (Page 6 of 7)


The recommended dose for children with urinary tract infections or acute otitis media is 40 mg/kg sulfamethoxazole and 8 mg/kg trimethoprim per 24 hours, given in two divided doses every 12 hours for 10 days. An identical daily dosage is used for 5 days in the treatment of shigellosis. The following table is a guideline for the attainment of this dosage: Children 2 months of age or older:

Weight Dose–every 12 hours
lb kg Tablets
22 44 66 88 10 20 30 40 – 1 1½ 2 or 1 DS tablet

For Patients with Impaired Renal Function

When renal function is impaired, a reduced dosage should be employed using the following table:

Creatinine Clearance (mL/min) Recommended Dosage Regimen
Above 30 15–30 Below 15 Usual standard regimen ½ the usual regimen Use not recommended

Acute Exacerbations of Chronic Bronchitis in Adults

The usual adult dosage in the treatment of acute exacerbations of chronic bronchitis is 1 sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim DS (double strength) tablet or 2 sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim tablets every 12 hours for 14 days.

Pneumocystis Jiroveci Pneumonia


Adults and Children
The recommended dosage for treatment of patients with documented Pneumocystis jiroveci pneumonia is 75 to 100 mg/kg sulfamethoxazole and 15 to 20 mg/kg trimethoprim per 24 hours given in equally divided doses every 6 hours for 14 to 21 days. 11 The following table is a guideline for the upper limit of this dosage:

Weight Dose–every 6 hours
lb kg Tablets
18 35 53 70 88 106 141 176 8 16 24 32 40 48 64 80 – 1 1½ 2 or 1 DS tablet 2½ 3 or 1½ DS tablets 4 or 2 DS tablets 5 or 2½ DS tablets

For the lower limit dose (75 mg/kg sulfamethoxazole and 15 mg/kg trimethoprim per 24 hours) administer 75% of the dose in the above table.


The recommended dosage for prophylaxis in adults is 1 sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim DS (double strength) tablet daily. 12

Children For children, the recommended dose is 750 mg/m 2 /day sulfamethoxazole with 150 mg/m 2 /day trimethoprim given orally in equally divided doses twice a day, on 3 consecutive days per week. The total daily dose should not exceed 1600 mg sulfamethoxazole and 320 mg trimethoprim. 13 The following table is a guideline for the attainment of this dosage in children:

Body Surface Area Dose–every 12 hours
(m 2) Tablets
0.26 0.53 1.06 – ½ 1

Traveler’s Diarrhea in Adults

For the treatment of traveler’s diarrhea, the usual adult dosage is 1 sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim DS (double strength) tablet or 2 sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim tablets every 12 hours for 5 days.


Sulfamethoxazole and Trimethoprim Tablets USP, 800 mg/160 mg are white to off-white oval, beveled edge uncoated tablets, debossed with “H 49” on one side and deep break line on other side.
NDC 66267-816-02
NDC 66267-816-04
NDC 66267-816-06
Store at 20º to 25ºC (68º to 77ºF); excursions permitted to 15º to 30ºC (59° to 86°F) [see USP Controlled Room Temperature].


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