Blog Trimethoprim Tablets: An Antibiotic for Urinary and Respiratory Tract Infections

Trimethoprim Tablets is an antibiotic medication belonging to the group of sulfonamides. It works by interfering with the growth and reproduction of bacteria, preventing them from causing infections in the body. This medication is primarily used to treat and prevent:

Acute urinary tract infections (UTIs): 

These are painful infections of the bladder, ureters, and kidneys. Trimethoprim is often used for uncomplicated UTIs, particularly recurrent infections. UTIs are urinary tract infections, including the kidneys, ureters, bladder, and urethra. UTIs are most common in women but can also occur in men. Symptoms of UTIs can include:

  • Pain or burning when urinating
  • Frequent urination
  • There is an urgent need to urinate, even if there is little urine
  • Blood in the urine
  • Pelvic pain in women

Respiratory tract infections: 

This includes bronchitis, pneumonia, and ear infections. However, Trimethoprim is usually used in combination with other antibiotics for these conditions. 

Acute respiratory tract infections (RTIs) are respiratory tract infections, including the nose, sinuses, throat, airways, and lungs. RTIs are very common and can be caused by viruses or bacteria. Symptoms of RTIs can include:

  • Runny or stuffy nose
  • Sore throat
  • Cough
  • Congestion
  • Fever
  • Chills
  • Muscle aches
  • Fatigue

See a doctor if you think you have an acute UTI or RTI, as these infections can become serious if left untreated.

How to Take Trimethoprim

Always follow your doctor’s instructions on dosage and duration of treatment. Here are some general points to remember:

  • Dosage: Typically, 200mg is taken twice daily for adults. However, your doctor may adjust the dosage based on your individual needs and the severity of the infection.
  • Administration: Swallow the tablets whole with a glass of water. Do not chew them.
  • Timing: Take the medication regularly, preferably at the same time each day. This helps maintain consistent levels of the drug in your body.
  • Duration: Complete the entire treatment course as your doctor prescribes, even if you start feeling better. Stopping medication early can allow bacteria to become resistant to the antibiotic.

Important Precautions

Before taking Trimethoprim, inform your Access Doctor of any pre-existing health conditions, especially:

  • Kidney problems: The medication can affect potassium levels in the blood, which can be risky for people with kidney issues.
  • Folic acid deficiency: Trimethoprim can interfere with folic acid absorption, so individuals with pre-existing deficiency should be monitored.
  • Diabetes: Certain diabetes medications can interact with Trimethoprim, so inform your doctor of any diabetes management tools you use.
  • Pregnancy and breastfeeding: Discuss the risks and benefits of using Trimethoprim during pregnancy or breastfeeding with your doctor.

Possible Side Effects

Trimethoprim is generally well-tolerated, but some common side effects can occur, including:

  • Nausea, vomiting, stomach upset
  • Headache
  • Diarrhea
  • Skin rash

Seek immediate medical attention if you experience:

  • Severe allergic reactions (hives, difficulty breathing)
  • Easy bruising or bleeding
  • High fever, sore throat, and mouth sores
  • Muscle weakness or irregular heartbeat

Always consult your doctor before starting any new medication, including Trimethoprim. They can assess your individual health needs and provide personalised guidance for safe and effective treatment.

Getting Your Trimethoprim Tablets Treatment with Access Doctor

Access Doctor offers a streamlined and discreet way to deliver your medication directly to your door if you need Trimethoprim Tablets for a UTI or other qualifying condition. 

Initiate an online consultation, answering clear and concise questions about your symptoms and medical history. Our qualified and GPhC-registered prescribers will ensure your safety and the appropriateness of treatment.
Once approved, you can order and pay for your Trimethoprim online. Upon purchase and prescriber approval, your Trimethoprim will be discreetly packaged and shipped by our registered pharmacy team. Choose from various delivery options with Royal Mail to find the required speed and convenience.

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