Trimethoprim (Oral)

Trimethoprim (By Mouth)

Trimethoprim (trye-METH-oh-prim)

Treats urinary tract infections.Belongs to a group of drugs called antibacterials.

Brand Name(s):
Trimpex, Proloprim
There may be other brand names for this medicine.

When This Medicine Should Not Be Used:

You should not use this medicine if you have had an allergic reaction to trimethoprim. Trimethoprim should not be taken by patients have anemia.

How to Use This Medicine:

Tablet

     
  • Your doctor will tell you how much to take and how often.  
  • You may take your medicine with food or milk to avoid stomach upset.  
  • Keep taking this medicine for as long as your doctor has ordered, even if you feel better. If you stop taking the medicine too soon, your infection may return.

If a dose is missed:

     
  • Take the missed dose as soon as possible.  
  • If it is almost time for your next regular dose, wait until then to take the medicine and skip the missed dose.  
  • You should not use two doses at the same time.

How to Store and Dispose of This Medicine:

     
  • Store at room temperature away from heat, moisture, and direct light.  
  • Keep all medicine out of the reach of children.

Drugs and Foods to Avoid:

Ask your doctor or pharmacist before using any other medicine, including over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products.

     
  • Make sure your doctor knows if you are taking phenytoin (Dilantinreg;).

Warnings While Using This Medicine:

     
  • Check with your doctor before taking this medicine if you have liver or kidney problems.  
  • If you are pregnant or breastfeeding, talk to your doctor before taking this medicine.

Possible Side Effects While Using This Medicine:

Call your doctor right away if you notice any of these side effects:

     
  • Severe rash, hives, or itching  
  • Unexplained fever or sore throat  
  • Wheezing or trouble breathing  
  • Unusual weakness or tiredness

If you notice these less serious side effects, talk with your doctor:

     
  • Upset stomach, nausea  
  • Diarrhea  
  • Headache  
  • Loss of appetite

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