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Mepron is an antibiotic used to treat or prevent pneumonia in people who cannot tolerate trimethoprim-sulfamethoxazole.
How does this medication work?
Mepron works by stopping the growth of bacteria, thereby treating your infection.
What are the beneficial effects of this medication and when should I begin to have results?
What: Mepron may help to treat your infection, thereby improving your symptoms.
When: Everyone responds differently to treatment, so try to be patient and follow your healthcare provider's directions. It is important that you take Mepron exactly as your healthcare provider has prescribed for the full course of treatment, even if your symptoms improve earlier.
How do I know it is working?
You may start to notice an improvement in your symptoms. This is a good indicator that your medication is working. Your healthcare provider may ask you questions and order tests to assess how well your infection is being treated.
The following is not a full list of side effects. Side effects cannot be anticipated. If any develop or change in intensity, tell your healthcare provider as soon as possible. Only your healthcare provider can determine if it is safe for you to continue taking this medication.
More common side effects may include: diarrhea, rash, headache, nausea, vomiting, fever.
Less common side effects may include:
Liver problems with symptoms such as feeling tired or weak, loss of appetite, upper belly pain, dark-colored urine, or yellowing of your skin or the whites of your eyes.
Do not take Mepron if you are allergic to it or any of its ingredients.
Tell your healthcare provider about all prescription, over-the-counter, and herbal medications you are taking before beginning treatment with Mepron. Also, talk to your healthcare provider about your complete medical history, especially if you have liver problems, or if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding.
The information below is based on the dosage guidelines your healthcare provider uses. Depending on your condition and medical history, your healthcare provider may prescribe a different regimen. Do not change the dosage or stop taking your medication without your healthcare provider's approval.
Prevention of Pneumonia
Adults and adolescents ≥13 years: The recommended dose is 1500 milligrams (mg) (10 milliliters [mL]) once a day.
Treatment of Pneumonia
Adults and adolescents ≥13 years: The recommended dose is 750 mg (5 mL) twice a day for 21 days.
Take Mepron exactly as prescribed by your healthcare provider. Do not change your dose or stop taking Mepron without first talking to your healthcare provider.
Always take your Mepron dose with food.
Shake the Mepron bottle gently before each dose.
Do not skip doses. Skipping doses or not completing the full course of Mepron can decrease its effectiveness and can lead to the growth of bacteria that are resistant to the effects of Mepron.
If Mepron is taken with certain other drugs, the effects of either could be increased, decreased, or altered. It is especially important to check with your healthcare provider before combining Mepron with the following: indinavir, metoclopramide, rifabutin, rifampin, or tetracycline.
The effects of Mepron during pregnancy and breastfeeding are unknown. Tell your healthcare provider immediately if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding.
If you miss a dose of Mepron, take it as soon as you remember. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the one you missed and return to your regular dosing schedule. Do not take two doses at once.
Store at room temperature. Do not freeze.
In the event of a medical emergency call your doctor or 9-1-1 immediately. In the event of overdose, call your doctor or poison control for further instructions.
National Poison Control#: Call 1-800-222-1222
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