Trimethoprim (3 Day Antibiotic Course)

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Trimethoprim is an antibiotic medication commonly prescribed for urinary tract infections (UTIs) such as cystitis. The standard treatment consists of taking 200mg of Trimethoprim twice daily for 3 days. This quickly and effectively helps kill the bacteria that causes pain and other symptoms associated with cystitis. Buy Trimethoprim tablets online now from e-Surgery.

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What is Trimethoprim?

Trimethoprim is an antibiotic that is used to treat a wide variety of bacterial infections. Trimethoprim is primarily used to treat urinary and respiratory tract infections.  

What is a Urinary Tract Infection (UTI)?

A urinary tract infection is also known as cystitis which is an inflammation of the bladder. It happens when bacteria enters the bladder through the urethra.  

It is common in sexually active women. 

To avoid a UTI is recommended women urinate after vaginal sex.  

What are the symptoms of a UTI?

  • Burning sensation when urinating 
  • Frequent urination 
  • Urgent need to urinate without being able to go 
  • Pressure in lower back 
  • Pelvic pain 
  • Bloody urine 
  • Discolored urine that smells unusual  
  • Fever 
  • Nausea 
  • Vomiting 

How do you take Trimethoprim?

Trimethoprim tablets should be taken exactly how your doctor prescribed. If you are not sure, ask your doctor or pharmacist.

Swallow the tablets with a glass of water, the same time each day for the full course. 

e-Surgery offers a 3-day course of Trimethoprim, where a Trimethoprim tablet is taken twice daily for 3 days. This quickly and effectively helps kill the bacteria that causes pain and other symptoms associated with cystitis. 

Side effects of Trimethoprim?

As with any form of medication, Trimethoprim treatment has side effects. For a full list of side effects, please read the Patient Information Leaflet of Trimethoprim tablets.  Below are a few of the common side effects of taking Trimethoprim: 

  • Feeling and being sick, diarrhea
    • Headache
    • Skin rashes, urticaria
    • Anemia (may cause you to feel tired and look pale), sore throats or mouth ulcers (due to a decrease in white blood cells), thrush 
  • Weakness of muscles 

For a full list of side effects, please read the Patient Information Leaflet of Trimethoprim tablets. 

Interactions with alcohol and food?

Alcohol and Trimethoprim can interact badly with one another. It could exacerbate side effects and make you feel worse. It is not recommended to mix the two substances.  

Any interactions with other drugs?

Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking or have recently taken any other medication. Below is a list of medications that you should be aware of, as they may interfere with Trimethoprim tablets: 

  • Antibiotics such as rifampicin
    • Anticoagulants to prevent your blood clotting such as
    warfarin
    • Digoxin (to treat heart conditions)
    • Phenytoin (to treat epilepsy)
    • Pyrimethamine or Dapsone (to treat malaria)
    • Immunosuppressant drugs – used in cancer treatment
    (e.g. Methotrexate) or to treat organ rejection after
    transplant (e.g. Azathioprine or Ciclosporin)
    • Bone marrow depressants
    • Spironolactone (to treat fluid buildup)
    • Repaglinide (to treat diabetes)
    • Diuretics (e.g. water tablets such as frusemide or
    eplerenone)
    • Procainamide, to treat abnormal heart rhythm.

Is there any reason why I would not be able to take Trimethoprim?

Do not take Trimethoprim tablets, and tell your doctor if you: 

  • Are allergic to any of the ingredients 
  • Are pregnant 
  • Have any blood disorder 
  • Have severe kidney disease 

You should NOT give Trimethoprim to premature babies or babies recently born (two weeks). 

Why should I take Trimethoprim?

 Trimethoprim works by reducing the folic acid that the bacteria produces and therefore stopping it from growing. Trimethoprim is incredibly effective at stopping the multiplication of the bacteria that caused the infection. 

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