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Trimethoprim - effective in (possible) kidney infection?

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ForeverForever Wed 19-Feb-14 20:45:30

I'm on dose 3 out of 6 200mg trimethoprim, 4th to be taken later tonight.

I've had cystits for over a week (liveable with, prone to it, drinking loads) and two days ago sore tummy (though nephews tummy virus caught me!) but then sore back, both sides below ribs. (Have been taken paracetamol mostly with some ibuprofen - a couple of days after cytisis started - we were away, typically!)

Got a sample to the nurse yesterday and the trimethoprim, just saw the receptionist.

Thought I was feeling better this morning but no started feeling worse. DH took the day off to look after 1&3 yr old, got a gp appt, retested my urine (is going to send that one away thankfully).
Usually a short dose does the trick pretty quickly.

Was told to keep going with trimethoprim and call back if not better.

But this evening I was v feverish - teeth chattering and Vom. Slightly better (no earth shaking shivering) now.

DH Phoned Scottish NHS 24, said to take ibuprofen too (had taken paracetamol about 45 mins before)and carry on with abs. And obs to call back if worse.

So question - is trimethoprim effective on kidney infection. I know it's frontline for lower uti.

Will be calling surgery in the am regardless!

Many thanks in advance.

Badvoc Thu 20-Feb-14 07:38:18

It is the normal treatment for kidney infections, yes.
However, it sounds like it doesn't agree with you (the vomiting) which is a common side effect.
Phone your dr and ask for nitrocurantoin instead.

ForeverForever Thu 20-Feb-14 15:07:42

Thanks so much Badvoc, getting different abs, feeling worse than yesterday, fingers crossed these sort me out!

Badvoc Thu 20-Feb-14 16:22:39

Hope so!

Musicaltheatremum Thu 20-Feb-14 18:47:33

Trimethoprim is not enough for kidney infections and nor is nitrofurantoin. You need augmentin (co-amoxiclav) to deal with the kidney infection. You shouldn't be feeling so unwell with it. Also I have seen quite a few reports coming back with resistance to trimethoprim where I am so we are having to change antibiotics.

ForeverForever Sat 22-Feb-14 18:15:50

Have ended up in hospital on IV antibiotics, and indeed it is trimethoprim resistant!

Not quite what I had planned for this weekend!

Thanks for posting

Badvoc Sat 22-Feb-14 19:07:39

Oh no!
Hope you feel better soon x

Musicaltheatremum Sun 23-Feb-14 00:12:15

Glad you're getting the right treatment. Get well soon.

WidowWadman Sun 23-Feb-14 00:21:12

IV antibiotics should see you feeling better quickly. Just take it steady and give yourself time to fully recover. By which I mean don't be as stupid as I was and try to go back to work a couple of days after being discharged. It'll only make you take longer to actually recover.

Hope you'll feel better soon.

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