What is TMP (Trimethoprim) used for?
TMP (Trimethoprim) is an oral antibiotic prescribed to treat patients suffering from bacterial infections of the urinary tract. The medication inhibits the reproduction of bacteria cells making it easier for the immune system to control the infection. Your physician may also prescribe it to treat other conditions that are not listed here.
How should I use TMP (Trimethoprim)?
TMP (Trimethoprim) should be used strictly according to your physician's instructions to get the most effective results from treatment. The normal dosage is one tablet administered once or twice daily for a cycle of medicine lasting one or two weeks. Your individual directions will depend on the severity of your symptoms, the condition being treated, and your current health. These should be swallowed with a large glass of water and can be taken with or without food. Never crush or split the tablets to avoid destroying or altering the effects of their contents. Do not stop taking the medication before finishing the treatment period, even if your symptoms have disappeared, as the infection may not be destroyed and can return stronger or more resistant to treatment.
What are the side effects of TMP (Trimethoprim)?
The use of TMP (Trimethoprim) may cause side effects in some patients such as:
Serious side effects that may require emergency medical attention are high potassium levels, flu symptoms, sensitive skin, easier bruising, or severe headaches. Contact your physician immediately if you experience any unusual or worrying symptoms to make sure any necessary adjustments are made to your dosage to prevent further problems from occurring.
Do not begin using TMP (Trimethoprim) if you arepregnant or breastfeeding. Also inform your physician if you have porphyrias, folic acid deficiency, decreased liver function, or decreased kidney function. These conditions may cause unexpected problems during treatment requiring special adjustments to your treatment.
Strictly follow all instructions provided to you by your physician or pharmacist while using TMP (Trimethoprim). Optimum and safe dosage can differ based on the patient and the condition being treated.
As this medication may be unsafe for certain patients, it is essential you always inform your physician if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, as well as if you have any allergies, other illnesses, or ongoing health conditions, and if you are taking any other form of medication, supplements, or herbal products.
Immediately seek emergency medical care if you have an allergic or hypersensitive reaction. Common signs of a reaction include hives, swelling, skin rashes, chest pains, as well as trouble breathing or swallowing.