Gantrisin Pediatric

1 What is Gantrisin Pediatric?

Brand: Gantrisin Pediatric, Truxazole

Generic: Sulfisoxazole

Gantrisin Pediatric is an antibiotic that is used to prevent and treat infection of various organs of the body. It belongs to a group of antibiotics called sulfonamides.

It halts the growth of bacteria inside the body. This medication will not act against non-bacterial infections like cold and flu.

This medicine is available only with your doctor's prescription.

This product is available in the following dosage forms:

  • Tablet
  • Suspension
  • Syrup

2 What to Know Before Using

Before using Gantrisin Pediatric, you must know all about the risks and complications associated with it.

Your doctor will consider these risks before prescribing the drug and will inform you about them.

Following factors should be considered before taking this drug:

  • Allergies: If you have had an allergic reaction to this drug in the past, inform your doctor. You should also tell your healthcare provider if you are allergic to any other drugs or food products.
  • Age-specific problems: Because of its toxicity, sulfisoxazole is contraindicated in children younger than 2 years. The studies specific to the geriatric age group have not been carried out, that would limit the use of this drug in old age group.
  • Pregnancy: Regarding the safety of usage of this drug during pregnancy, it comes under “C” category, which means that clinical trials on animals have revealed harmful effects to the developing fetus or relevant studies have not been performed.
  • Drug Interactions: Certain drugs should not be used together because they can interact inside the body which can have a harmful effect. On the other hand, certain drugs are allowed to be used together. So, you should tell your doctor about any other medications you are taking. If there is a chance of interaction between those two drugs, the doctor may change the dose or may prescribe an alternative drug.

Sulfisoxazole should be used with caution with following drugs:

  • Methotrexate
  • Warfarin
  • Methenamine
  • Acetohexamide

Furthermore, certain medications should not be taken with alcohol or tobacco, which may also result in harmful interactions. Ask your doctor about the concurrent use of this drug along with alcohol or tobacco.

You should also inform your doctor about any other medical condition you may be suffering from, especially:

  • Kidney disease
  • Asthma
  • Glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase (G6PD) deficiency
  • Blood problems (e.g., agranulocytosis, aplastic anemia)
  • Liver disease—Use with caution. May have an increased chance of side effects

3 Proper Usage

To avoid adverse effects, Gantrisin Pediatric should be used exactly as prescribed by your doctor.

This medicine is contraindicated in children younger than 2 years because it can cause serious adverse effects in that age group.

This medication should be taken along with a full glass of water. Even after you’ve taken the medicine, you should drink several other glasses of water. Drinking excess amount of water can prevent some side effects of this drug.

Sulfisoxasole works best when there is a constant concentration of this drug in the blood or urine. Do not miss any dose if you want to keep a constant amount of drug in the blood. The dosing schedule during the day should be evenly spaced.

Shake the oral suspension well before each use. Measure the medicine with a marked measuring spoon, oral syringe, or medicine cup. The average household teaspoon may not hold the right amount of liquid.

Do not overuse or misuse this drug and do not use it longer than the recommended time. Read all the instructions mentioned in the medication guide.

Do not miss any dose. The dose of this drug varies according to the condition of each person. The number of doses per day, the time interval between the doses and the length of time you have to take the medicine depends on your condition individually and all these factors should only be determined by your healthcare provider.

Follow each and every instruction of your doctor and also read the label carefully.

In case you miss one dose of this drug, take it as soon as you can. If it is almost time for your subsequent dose, you can then skip the missed dose and continue with your regular dosing schedule. Do not take two doses at once.

Storage: This medicine should be stored at room temperature within a closed container, away from heat, direct light and moisture.

Keep this drug out of the reach of children. Do not store expired or outdated medicines or the medicine no longer needed.

4 Precautions to Take

Before using Gantrisin Pediatric, there are some precautions you must take.

Sulfisoxasole can cause serious skin reactions like blistering, rash, and peeling. It can also cause diarrhea, fever chills and joint pains.

Check with your health care provider right away if you feel any of these symptoms.

Regular follow-up is necessary during and after the treatment. It is important to allow your doctor to monitor your progress and to make sure that there aren’t any side effects from the medication.

Contact your doctor if your symptoms have not improved even after taking the full course of treatment.

Avoid taking any other medicine unless thoroughly discussed with your doctor. Always ask your doctor before using any prescription, non-prescription or herbal medicine.

5 Potential Side Effects

As with many medications, there are several potential side effects associated with Gantrisin Pediatric. Although these side effects may occur only in a handful of patients but if they do occur, contact your physician immediately.

This medication is associated with following side effects:

  • blurred vision
  • anxiety
  • cold sweats
  • changes in menstrual periods
  • chills
  • coma
  • cool, pale skin
  • confusion
  • decreased sexual ability in males
  • dry, puffy skin
  • depression
  • increased hunger
  • dizziness
  • fast heartbeat
  • headache
  • nausea
  • feeling cold
  • shakiness
  • nervousness
  • seizures
  • nightmares
  • swelling of the front part of the neck
  • slurred speech
  • weight gain
  • back, leg, or stomach pains
  • unusual tiredness or weaknessAbdominal or stomach pain, cramps, or tenderness
  • agitation
  • bleeding gums
  • blistering, peeling or loosening of the skin
  • bleeding under the skin
  • bloody or cloudy urine
  • blindness or vision changes
  • bloating
  • bluish color of the fingernails, lips, skin, palms, or nail beds
  • bloody, black, or tarry stools
  • change in the ability to see colors, especially blue or yellow
  • burning of the face or mouth
  • burning, crawling, itching, numbness, painful, prickling, "pins and needles", or tingling feelings
  • chest pain
  • clumsiness or unsteadiness
  • chills
  • clay-colored stools

Seek medical help instantly, if you experience any of these symptoms while on this medication. Also, contact your healthcare professional immediately, if have overdosed on this drug.

If any of these side effects becomes more bothersome or does not go away, contact your doctor.