Mepron can be described as a medication that affects the reproduction process of single cell organisms known as protozoa. This process treats and prevents pneumonia. It is an anti-infective or anti-protozoa medication that is effective in preventing the growth of cells that may cause this disease.
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Mepron medication is used for the treatment and prevention of PCP pneumonia, especially for patients who are unresponsive to other treatments such as trimethoprim/sulfamethoxazole. While the mechanism of how this medicine works is still unknown, doctors believe it interferes with the metabolism of protozoa and slowly stop their growth. This can stop or prevent the pneumonia. Mepron can also be prescribed for the treatment of other conditions not mentioned here that a doctor sees fit.
Mepron dosage will depend on several factors such as age, weight and so on. Doctors will usually prescribe Mepron depending on these factors. It comes in two forms: tablets and oral suspension. Below you will find a typical dosage of Mepron:
- Mepron has to be taken with food
- The recommended oral dose for an adult is 750 mg split into three doses of 250 mg each
- Failure to take this medication with food may result in lower plasma concentration and this can limit the response to therapy
- The oral suspension is taken twice per day for 21 days or as directed by a physician
Mepron Side Effects
Like any other drug, Mepron may cause side effects. You should contact your doctor if you suffer any severe side effects. Below you will find a list of common side effects. Note that not all possible side effects are listed here:
- Stomach pain
- sweating and fever
- Strange taste in mouth
- a loss of appetite
- trouble sleeping
If these symptoms persist or worsen, then the patients should be taken to a health facility at once. However, not all patients suffer the same side effects. Other Mepron side effects include:
- Coughing and hoarse speech
- labored breathing
- Tight chest
- painful urination
- lower back pain
Drug interactions can cause Mepron not to function as required and make it ineffective. Patients should therefore let the doctor know of any medicines, both prescription and non-prescription they are using as well as any herbal products and nutritional supplements. Mepron has about 4 major drug interactions. Some common medications checked against Mepron interactions include the following:
- Vitamin D3
This is not a complete list of products and medicines that may affect or interact with Mepron and patients should always check with their doctor or pharmacist.