Trimethoprim: Overview

Modified on 2009/10/14 21:44 by admin
Trimethoprim is an anti-bacterial used to treat and/or prevent urinary tract infections and to treat Pneumocystis carinii pneumonia (PCP) in AIDS and other high-risk patients. Combined with sulfamethoxazole, trimethoprim is used to treat infections of the airway such as chronic bronchitis and sinusitis. The combination is also used to treat ear infections, travelers' diarrhea, and shigellosis. Trimethoprim interferes with the body's use of folic acid. A recent study found that use of trimethoprim (and other drugs that interfere with the absorption of folic acid) during the first trimester of pregnancy increases the likelihood of birth defects, including heart defects, oral clefts, and spina bifida.

If your child was born with a birth defect, it may be important to contact an attorney who can help you protect your child's legal rights. Please keep in mind that there may be time limits within which you must commence suit.

See Also

  1. Antibiotics
  2. Birth Defects
  3. Cleft Lip: Overview
  4. Spina Bifida: Overview
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