What Are Some Medications That Contain Sulfur?


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Some medications that contain sulfur are Bactrim, Gantrisin, and Septra, in its sulfamethoxazole form, according to Drugs.com and RxList. These medications are called sulfonamides and help fight bacteria. Anturane, also known as sulfinpyrazone, contains sulfur as well, and is a medicine that is taken to ease the symptoms of gouty arthritis, says MedicineNet.

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Anturane, which is no longer prescribed in the United States, as of 2015, has a chemical formula of C23H20N2O3S. It works by helping urine secrete more uric acid, a chemical that causes gout. Anturane also helps dissolve uric acid crystals in patients who have trophaceous gout, claims MedicineNet.

Bactrim and Septra are man-made drugs that come in tablet form and contain sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim, claims RxList. They are used to treat infections of the urinary tract, especially those caused by the Enterobacter and Klebsiella bacteria, E. coli and Proteus mirabilis and Proteus vulgaris. They are also used to treat ear infections in children, and complications of chronic bacteria and Montezuma's revenge in adults. Bactrim has also been shown to be effective against shigellosis and pneumocystis jiroveci pneumonia.

Gantrisin also fights bacteria, and is given to children in suspension to fight ear infections due to Haemophilus influenzae, says Drugs.com. It is given along with penicillin. Gantrisin also treats meningitis caused by the same pathogen, this time in conjunction with streptomycin.

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