If you suspect you have a urinary tract infection, and are displaying 3 of the symptoms listed below, you may be able to obtain antibiotics from the pharmacy. This means you don't have to wait for a doctors appointment. Just pop into the pharmacy and ask for a private consultation.
This service is for females aged 16 – 65 years presenting with three or more of qualifying symptoms.
- Dysuria (pain on urination)
- Frequency of urination
- Urgency of urination
- Abnormally large production or passage of urine
- Haematuria (blood in urine)
- Suprapubic tenderness (lower abdomen pain)
Trimethoprim is the treatment supplied for those fitting the criteria required for treatment via the pharmacy.
- aged under 16 years or over 65 years.
- You are pregnant
- You have vaginal itch/discharge
- Symptoms are suggestive of upper urinary tract infection (rapid onset, fever, rigors, nausea, vomiting, diarrhoea, loin pain/tenderness, systemically unwell
- A prior episode of UTI in last 28 days was treated by an antibiotic.
- There have been 2 or more episodes in the last 6 months or 3 or more episodes in the last 12 months.
- There is a catheter in situ.
- There is known moderate/severe renal impairment.
- You have hypersensitivity to co-trimoxazole, trimethoprim or to any other components of the medication.
- You have known hyperkalaemia, diabetes, severe hepatic insufficiency, megaloblastic anaemia and other blood dyscrasias, folate deficiency, porphyria, galactose intolerance, the Lapp lactose deficiency or glucose-galactose malabsorption or are immunosuppressed.
- You are taking any medicines which may interact e.g. azathioprine, ciclosporin, mercaptopurine, methotrexate, phenytoin, warfarin
- There is known abnormality to the urinary tract.