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I have been given trimethoprim for my urine infection. Is it safe?

  I have been given trimethoprim for my urine infection. Is it safe?

Trimethoprim is a well established antibiotic that is frequently used to treat urinary tract infection (UTI). It acts by inhibiting the ability of bacteria to metabolize folic acid. Folic acid is essential to baby's development in the first trimester, so trimethorpim is usually avoided until after 13 weeks of pregnancy or in women who are folic acid deficient. Having said this, there is no evidence that short term use over a few days even in the first trimester is associated with birth defects.
Urine Tests

You will be asked to provide a urine specimen, which is tested by a nurse or midwife to check for possible irregularities.

Glucose (sugar) More than a trace of glucose may be a sign of diabetes. You may need a blood test.
Protein When this is found in quantity in the urine, it may signal a bladder or kidney infection, or preeclampsia.
Ketones These are substances, that if present, mean that the body''s metabolic system is upset, probably because you haven''t eaten enough or have vomited.
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