Proloprim (Trimethorprim) Dosage and Side Effects
PROLOPRIM is used to treat urinary tract infections, certain kinds of pneumonia, and traveler's diarrhea. It may also be taken to prevent kidney infections in some people.
Proper Use of this medication
Take this medicine on an empty stomach, one hour before or two hours after a meal.
If you experience nausea, you can take PROLOPRIM with food.
Follow the instructions on your prescription label carefully. Don't take more or less PROLOPRIM than is recommended.
Symptoms of a PROLOPRIM overdose may include:
- Fever, chills, or sore throat
- Severe nausea
- Loss of consciousness
- Unusual bleeding or bruising
- Severe headache
If you suspect an overdose, contact a poison control center or emergency room immediately.
Missed Dose of PROLOPRIM
If you miss a dose of PROLOPRIM, take it as soon as you remember.
But if it's almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and continue with your medication schedule.
Don't take extra medicine to make up for a missed dose.
Common Side Effects of PROLOPRIM
Tell your doctor if any of the following side effects become severe or don't go away:
- Mild diarrhea
- Upset stomach
Serious Side Effects of PROLOPRIM
Tell your doctor right away if you experience any of the following serious side effects:
- Rash, hives, or itching
- Difficulty breathing or swallowing
- Sore throat
- Fever or chills
- Unusual bleeding or bruising
- Joint or muscle pain
- Painful or stiff neck
- Unusual tiredness or weakness
- Severe, watery, or bloody diarrhea
- Decreased urination
- Mouth sores
- Yellowing of the skin or eyes
- Irregular heartbeat
- Joint aches
- Unusually pale skin
- Bluish-colored fingernails, lips, or skin
- Purple patches under the skin
- Vaginal discharge or irritation
Warnings and Precautions
Before taking PROLOPRIM, tell your doctor if you have, or have ever had:
- Liver disease
- Kidney disease
- Anemia or another blood disorder
- Allergies to medications
PROLOPRIM will only treat bacterial infections. It doesn't fight against viruses or yeast.
You should drink at least eight glasses of water (or other fluids) each day while taking PROLOPRIM. Talk to your doctor about the importance of consuming enough fluids during your treatment.
This medicine may make your skin more sensitive to sunlight. Avoid exposure to the sun, sunlamps, or tanning booths. Use sunscreen and wear protective clothing when outdoors.
Be sure to take PROLOPRIM for the full length of time your doctor prescribes. If you stop taking the medicine too soon, your infection may not clear up completely, and it could become more difficult to treat once symptoms return.
Repeated or long-term use of this drug may cause a second infection. Tell your doctor right away if you notice signs of another infection.
Elderly people may be more sensitive to certain side effects of PROLOPRIM. Talk to your doctor if you're 65 or older.
This medicine should be used with extreme caution in children younger than 12.
Be sure to keep all appointments with your doctor's office and laboratory while taking this drug.
Tell your healthcare provider you're taking PROLOPRIM before having any type of surgery, including a dental procedure, as well as before receiving any vaccination.
Pregnancy and PROLOPRIM
It's not known whether PROLOPRIM can harm a fetus. Tell your doctor if you're pregnant or might become pregnant while taking this medicine.
PROLOPRIM passes into breast milk. Talk to your doctor about any possible risks before breastfeeding while taking this drug.
Interactions with this medication
Tell your doctor about all prescription, non-prescription, illegal, recreational, herbal, nutritional, or dietary drugs you're taking, especially:
- Neoral, Sandimmune, or Gengraf (cyclosporine)
- Dilantin (phenytoin)
- Tikosyn (dofetilide)
- Trexall (methotrexate)
- Birth control pills
Other related products
The above information is an educational aid only. It is not intended as medical advice for individual conditions or treatments. Talk to your doctor, nurse or pharmacist before following any medical regimen to see if it is safe and effective for you.