What is TMP (Trimethoprim) used for?
TMP (Trimethoprim) is an oral antibiotic prescribed for the treatment of bacterial urinary tract infections. The medication operates by destroying or preventing the reproduction of bacteria cells allowing the immune system to control or destroy the infection. This action may also make it useful for treating bacterial infections of the lungs or airways. Your doctor may also recommend its use for the treatment of other unlisted conditions.
How should I use TMP (Trimethoprim)?
TMP (Trimethoprim) is normally administered once or twice daily at a dosage of one tablet for a cycle of medicine lasting one or two weeks. The correct dosage will be determined by your doctor based on your age, weight, health condition, the condition being treated, and the severity of your symptoms. These should be taken with a large glass of water and should be taken on an empty stomach to aid absorption. You are suggested to take the dose one hour before a meal or two hours following a meal to make sure the contents of the stomach are emptied. Do not change the form of the tablets by crushing or splitting them as this may destroy or alter the effects of their contents. Never stop using the medicine before being instructed to by your doctor as the infection has not been completely destroyed and may return stronger or more resistant to treatment.
What are the side effects of TMP (Trimethoprim)?
TMP (Trimethoprim) may lead to side effects in some patients such as:
Stop using the medication and contact your doctor as soon as possible if any serious side effects occur including fever, flu symptoms, sensitive skin, easier bruising, high potassium levels, severe headaches, or muscle fatigue. These conditions may require lower doses, reduced frequency of administration, or emergency medical attention in some cases to prevent more health problems from occurring.
Do not begin using TMP (Trimethoprim) if you are pregnant, breastfeeding, allergic to trimethoprim, if you have had a bad reaction to similar treatments in the past, or if you have abnormal blood cell counts. Also disclose if you have porphyrias, a folic acid deficiency, reduced liver function, or decreased kidney function as these conditions may result in unexpected health problems requiring adjustments to your regimen.
Strictly use TMP (Trimethoprim) as prescribed and follow all instructions provided by your doctor. Safe, suitable, and optimum dosage can vary and is dependent on the patient`s health and medical history, as well as the condition you are treating.
TMP (Trimethoprim) may not be safe or suitable for all patients. Always ensure your doctor is informed if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, using any other type of medication (including non-prescription medicine, vitamins, and supplements), as well as if you have any allergies, other illnesses, or pre-existing medication conditions.
Seek immediate medical attention or proceed to your nearest accident and emergency department if you suffer a hypersensitive or allergic reaction. Symptoms usually present during a reaction of this nature include difficulty breathing or swallowing, swelling of the limbs or face, tight chest, hives, and skin rashes.