Trimethoprim Tablets BP 200mg

Summary of Product Characteristics Updated 11-Dec-2019 | Accord-UK Ltd

1. Name of the medicinal product


2. Qualitative and quantitative composition

Each tablet contains 200mg Trimethoprim.

3. Pharmaceutical form

White uncoated tablets.

4. Clinical particulars
4.1 Therapeutic indications

• Treatment of susceptible infections caused by trimethoprim-sensitive organisms including urinary infections and respiratory tract infections.

• Prophylaxis of recurrent urinary tract infections

4.2 Posology and method of administration

Acute infections:

Treatment should continue for a period of between 3 days (eg, uncomplicated bacterial cystitis in women) to 2 weeks depending on the nature and severity of the infection. The first dose may be doubled.

Adults: 200mg twice daily

Paediatric population:

Children over 12 years: Same as adult dose

Children 6 - 12 years: 100mg twice daily

Children under 6 years: This dosage form is not suitable for use in children younger than 6 years.

Elderly: Dosage is dependent on renal function. See special dosage schedule below.

Advised dosage schedule where there is reduced kidney function:

eGFR (ml/min)

Dosage advised

Over 30


15 - 30

Normal for 3 days then half dose

Under 15

Half the normal dose

Monitoring of renal function and serum electrolytes should be considered particularly with longer term use, in patients with impaired renal function.

Trimethoprim should only be initiated and used in dialysis patients under close supervision from specialists in both infectious disease and renal medicine.

Trimethoprim is removed by dialysis.

Monitoring trimethoprim plasma concentration may be considered with long term therapy but the value of this in individual cases should first be discussed with specialists in infectious disease and renal medicine.

Long-term treatment and prevention therapy:

Adults: 100mg at night

Paediatric Population:

Children over 12 years: Same as adult dose

Children 6-12 years: 50mg at night. Where a single daily dose is required, dosage at bedtime may maximise urinary concentrations.

The approximate dosage in children is 2mg trimethoprim per kg body weight per day.

Elderly: Dose depends on renal function. Refer to special dosage schedule above.

Method of administration

For oral administration.

4.3 Contraindications

Severe hepatic insufficiency. Megaloblastic anaemia and other blood dyscrasias.

Trimethoprim should not be administered to premature infants or children under 4 months of age. Trimethoprim should not be administered to pregnant women.

Hypersensitivity to trimethoprim or any other constituents of the medication (listed in section 6.1).

4.4 Special warnings and precautions for use

Trimethoprim should not be administered to pregnant women, premature infants or infants during the first few weeks of life.

Patients with marked impairment of renal function: Care should be taken to avoid accumulation and resulting adverse haematological effect.

Monitoring of renal function and serum electrolytes should be considered particularly with longer term use.

Trimethoprim should only be initiated and used in dialysis patients under close supervision from specialists in both infectious disease and renal medicine.

Trimethoprim may cause depression of haemopoiesis. Regular haematological tests should be undertaken in patients receiving long term treatment and those predisposed to folate deficiency, (e.g. the elderly), to check for possible pancytopaenia. Although an effect on folate metabolism is possible, interference with haematopoiesis rarely occurs at the recommended dose. If any such change is seen, folinic acid should reverse the effect.

Elderly people may be more susceptible and a lower dose may be advisable. If there is evidence of folic acid deficiency, calcium folinate should be administered and response checked by haematologic monitoring. It may be necessary to discontinue trimethoprim.

Particular care should be exercised in the haematological monitoring of children on long term therapy.

Close monitoring of serum electrolytes is advised in patients at risk of hyperkalaemia (see section 4.8).

Elevations in serum potassium have been observed in some patients treated with trimethoprim. Patients at risk for the development of hyperkalaemia include those with renal insufficiency, poorly controlled diabetes mellitus, or those using concomitant potassium-sparing diuretics, potassium supplements, potassium-containing salt substitutes, renin angiotensin system inhibitors (eg: ACE inhibitors or renin angiotensin receptor blockers), or those patients taking other drugs associated with increases in serum potassium (e.g. heparin). If concomitant use of the above-mentioned agents is deemed appropriate, monitoring of serum potassium is recommended (see section 4.5).

Monitoring of blood glucose is advised if co-administered with repaglinide (see section 4.5).

Caution should be used in patients with acute porphyria

Patients with rare hereditary problems of galactose intolerance, total lactase deficiency or glucose-galactose malabsorption should not take this medicine.

4.5 Interaction with other medicinal products and other forms of interaction

Folate antagonists and anticonvulsants: Trimethoprim may induce folate deficiency in patients predisposed to folate deficiency such as those receiving concomitant folate antagonists or anticonvulsants.

Bone marrow depressants: Trimethoprim may increase the risk for bone marrow aplasia. Cytotoxic agents such as azathioprine, mercaptopurine and methotrexate increase the risk of haematologic toxicity when given with trimethoprim.

Special care is necessary in patients receiving pyrimethamine in addition to trimethoprim.

Phenytoin and Digoxin: Careful monitoring of patients treated with digoxin or phenytoin is advised as trimethoprim may increase plasma concentration of these agents by increasing their elimination half life.

Rifampicin may decrease trimethoprim concentrations.

Diuretics: In elderly patients taking diuretics, particularly thiazides, there is an increased incidence of thrombocytopaenia with purpura.

Concomitant use of drugs that may increase serum potassium levels may lead to a significant increase in serum potassium. Potassium-sparing diuretics, potassium supplements, potassium containing salt substitutes, renin-angiotensin system inhibitors (eg: ACE inhibitors or renin angiotensin receptor blockers) and other potassium increasing substances (eg: heparin). Monitoring of potassium should be undertaken as appropriate (see section 4.4).

Cyclosporin: Increased risk of nephrotoxicity.

Procainamide: Trimethoprim increases plasma concentrations of procainamide.

Dapsone: Plasma concentrations of trimethoprim and dapsone may increase when taken together.

Repaglinide: Trimethoprim may enhance the hypoglycaemic effects of repaglinide.

Anticoagulants: Trimethoprim may potentate the anticoagulant effect of warfarin and other coumarins.

Antibacterials: Plasma concentration of trimethoprim is possibly reduced by rifampicin. Plasma concentration of both drugs may increase when trimethoprim is given with dapsone.

Antimalarials: Increased antifolate effect when trimethoprim is given with pyrimethamine.

4.6 Fertility, pregnancy and lactation


Trimethoprim is contraindicated in pregnant women, premature infants or infants during the first few weeks of life.


Although trimethoprim is excreted in breast milk, it is not necessarily contraindicated for short-term therapy during lactation.

This should be kept in mind when considering administration to breast-feeding women.

4.7 Effects on ability to drive and use machines

None known.

4.8 Undesirable effects

The following list of undesirable effects have been reported by health care professionals.

Sometimes it may be difficult to distinguish reactions caused by the condition being treated from adverse drug reactions, which means that not all the listed reactions were caused by drug administration.

The most frequent adverse effects at usual doses are pruritus and skin rash (in about 3 to 7% of patients) and mild, gastrointestinal disturbances including nausea, vomiting and glossitis. These effects are generally mild and quickly reversible on withdrawal of the drug.

Infections and Infestations

Common: Monilial overgrowth

Blood and lymphatic system disorders

Very rare: Leucopenia, neutropenia, thrombocytopenia, pancytopaenia, bone marrow depression, agranulocytosis, aplastic anaemia, haemolytic anaemia, eosinophilia, purpura, haemolysis,

Unknown: Megaloblastic anaemia, methaemoglobinaemia, hyperkalaemia (particularly in the elderly and in HIV patients), methaemoglobinaemia. Trimethoprim therapy may affect haematopoiesis.

Fatalities have been reported (especially in the elderly, or those with impairment of renal or hepatic function in whom careful monitoring is advised- refer to Section 4.3 Contraindications), however the majority of haematological changes are mild and reversible when treatment is stopped.

Immune system disorders

Very rare: Hypersensitivity, anaphylaxis, anaphylactoid reaction, drug fever, allergic vasculitis resembling Henoch-Schoenlein purpura, periarteritis nodosa, systemic lupus erythematosus.

Metabolism and nutrition disorders

Very common: Hyperkalaemia

Very rare: Hypoglycaemia, hyponatraemia, anorexia Close supervision is recommended when Trimethoprim is used in elderly patients or in patients taking high doses as these patients may be more susceptible to hyperkalaemia and hyponatraemia

Psychiatric disorders

Very rare: Depression, hallucinations, confusional states, agitation, anxiety, abnormal behavior, insomnia and nightmares.

Nervous system disorders

Common: Headache

Very rare: Dyskinesias, aseptic meningitis, tremor, ataxia, dizziness, lethargy, syncope, paraesthesiae, convulsions, peripheral neuritis, vertigo, tinnitus.

Aseptic meningitis was rapidly reversible on withdrawal of the drug, but recurred in a number of cases on re-exposure to either co-trimoxazole or to trimethoprim alone.

Eye disorders

Very rare: uveitis

Respiratory, thoracic and mediastinal disorders

Very rare: Cough, shortness of breath, wheeze, epistaxis

Gastrointestinal disorders

Common: Nausea, diarrhoea, vomiting.

Very rare: Constipation, glossitis, stomatitis, pseudomembranous colitis, pancreatitis.

Unknown: Sore mouth

Hepatobiliary disorders

Very rare: Disturbance in liver enzymes, elevation of serum transaminases, elevation of bilirubin levels, cholestatic jaundice, hepatic necrosis. Cholestatic jaundice and hepatic necrosis may be fatal.

Skin and subcutaneous tissue disorders

Common: Skin rashes, urticaria

Very rare: Photosensitivity, exfoliative dermatitis, fixed drug eruption, erythema multiforme, erythema nodusum, Stevens-Johnson Syndrome, toxic epidermal necrolysis, bullous dermatitis, purpura, angioedema

Unknown: Pruritis,

Lyell's syndrome (toxic epidermal necrolysis) carries a high mortality.

Musculoskeletal and connective tissue disorders

Very rare: Arthralgia and myalgia

Renal and urinary disorders

Very rare: Impaired renal function (sometimes reported as renal failure), haematuria,

Unknown: Raised serum creatinine and blood urea nitrogen levels. It is not known however, whether this represents inhibition of creatinine tubular secretion or genuine renal dysfunction.

Reporting of suspected adverse reactions

Reporting suspected adverse reactions after authorisation of the medicinal product is important. It allows continued monitoring of the benefit/risk balance of the medicinal product. Healthcare professionals are asked to report any suspected adverse reactions via the Yellow Card Scheme; website: or search for MHRA Yellow Card in the Google Play or Apple App Store.

4.9 Overdose

Treat symptomatically, gastric lavage and forced diuresis can be used.

Depression of haematopoiesis by trimethoprim can be counteracted by intramuscular injections of calcium folinate.

5. Pharmacological properties
5.1 Pharmacodynamic properties

Pharmacotherapeutic group: Systemic antibacterial.

ATC Code: J01EA01

Mechanism of action

Trimethoprim is a dihydrofolate reductase inhibitor which affects the nucleoprotein metabolism of micro-organisms by interference in the folic-folinic acid systems, inhibiting the conversion of bacterial dihydrofolic acid to tetrahydrofolic acid, required for the synthesis of some amino acids. Its effects are considerably greater on the cells of microorganisms than on the mammalian cells. Trimethoprim may be bactericidal or bacteriostatic depending on growth conditions.

Trimethoprim is effective in vitro against a wide range of Gram-positive and aerobic Gram-negative organisms, including enterobacteria Escherica coli, Proteus, Klebsiella pneumoniae, Streptococcus pneumoniae, Streptococcus faecalis, Haemophilus influenzae and Staphylococcus aureus.

It has no effect on Mycobacterium tuberculosis, Neisseria gonorrhoeae, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Treponema pallidum, Brucella abortis or anaerobic bacteria.

Mechanism(s) of resistance

Resistance to trimethoprim may be due to several mechanisms. Clinical resistance is often due to plasmid mediated dihydrofolate reductases that are resistant to trimethoprim: such genes may become incorporated into the chromosome via transposons. Resistance may also be due to overproduction of dihydrofolate reductase, changes in cell permeability, or bacterial mutants which are intrinsically resistant to trimethoprim because they depend on exogenous thymidine and thymine for growth. Emergence of resistance to trimethoprim does not appear to be any higher in areas where it is used alone than in areas where trimethoprim is used in combination with sulphonamides. Nonetheless, trimethoprim resistance has been reported in many species, and very high frequencies of resistance have been seen in some developing countries, particularly among Enterobacteriaceae.

EUCAST clinical MIC breakpoints to separate susceptible (S) pathogens from resistant (R) pathogens are:

EUCAST Species-related breakpoints (Susceptible -




- 2/>4

- 2/>4

- 0.032/>1 *

*The activity of trimethoprim is uncertain against enterococci. Hence the wild type population is categorized asintermediate.

5.2 Pharmacokinetic properties

Trimethoprim is rapidly and almost completely absorbed from the gastrointestinal tract and peak concentrations in the circulation occur about 1-4 hours after an oral dose. Peak plasma concentrations of about 1µg/ml have been reported after a single dose of 100mg. Approximately 40-70% is bound to plasma proteins. Tissue concentrations are reported to be higher than serum concentrations with particularly high concentrations occurring in the kidneys and lungs but concentrations in the cerebrospinal fluid are about one half of those in the blood. The half life is approximately 8-10 hours. About 40-60% of a dose is excreted unchanged in the urine within 24 hours, together with metabolites; hence, patients with impairment of renal function such as the elderly may require a reduction in dosage due to accumulation. Urinary concentrations are generally well above the MIC of common pathogens for more than 24 hours after the last dose. It appears in breast milk.

5.3 Preclinical safety data

Not applicable.

6. Pharmaceutical particulars
6.1 List of excipients

Also contains: colloidal silicon dioxide, lactose, macrogol, magnesium stearate, povidone, sodium starch glycollate, stearic acid, E460.

6.2 Incompatibilities

None known.

6.3 Shelf life

Four years from the date of manufacture (PVC/Al blister packs).

Three years from the date of manufacture (all other containers).

Shelf-life after dilution/reconstitution

Not applicable.

Shelf-life after first opening

Not applicable.

6.4 Special precautions for storage

Store below 25°C in a dry place.

6.5 Nature and contents of container

The product containers are rigid injection moulded polypropylene or injection blow-moulded polyethylene tablet containers with polyfoam wad or polythene ullage filler and snap-on polythene lids; in case any supply difficulties should arise the alternative is amber glass bottles with screw caps and polyfoam wad or cotton wool.

The product may also be supplied in blister packs in cartons:

a) Carton: Printed carton manufactured from white folding box board.

b) Blister pack: (i) 250µm white rigid PVC. (ii) Surface printed 20µm hard temper aluminium foil with 5-7g/M2 PVC and PVdC compatible heat seal lacquer on the reverse side.

Pack sizes: 6, 7, 10, 14, 28, 30, 50, 56, 60, 84, 90, 100, 112, 120, 168, 180, 250, 500, 1000.

Product may also be supplied in bulk packs, for reassembly purposes only, in polybags contained in tins, skillets or polybuckets filled with suitable cushioning material.

Maximum size of bulk packs: 50,000.

6.6 Special precautions for disposal and other handling

Not applicable.

Administrative Data

7. Marketing authorisation holder

Accord-UK Ltd

(Trading style: Accord)

Whiddon Valley



EX32 8NS

8. Marketing authorisation number(s)

PL 0142/0225

9. Date of first authorisation/renewal of the authorisation

26 May 1987

May 1992, June 1997

10. Date of revision of the text


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