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I was given Trimethoprim by my doctor last December for a urine infection, I had had this drug a couple of times before and had been fine. I took the first tablet before going to work, within 30 minutes my heart started racing and I felt breathless. I felt so ill I left work and just about managed to drive home. I immeditaley called my GP as I was now struggling to breathe. She told me to call an ambulance. This seemed ridiculous but I was now feeling so ill I had no choice. I then started vomiting. I was taken to hospital and how now developed the most mindblowing headache. My heart trace led the doctors to believe I may be about to have a heart attack (i'm only 39). I told them about trimeothopim but they said this would not of given me these symptoms. I spent 4 days in hospital. When I was discharged I felt awful, I had stiffness down my neck and left side. I had to have 2 weeks off work.
I went back to work and within a week developed yet another water infection. Went to the doctor who gave me trimethoprim, I obviously questionned this but he assured me my previous admittance to hospital was nothing to do with taking it.
Now I have been with my GP since I was a child and trust him. I was a little uneasy about taking it again but had been convinced it would be fine. I took my first one and text my husband just in case. 20 minutes after taking it I started to feel sick, then my vision went, everything was blurred. I knew then that it must be the start of an allergic reaction, I called my GP and spoke to my own doctor.He amazingly said give it half an hour and if there was no improvement to go to the surgery.
I had some different symptoms this time, blurred vision, horrific leg cramps, and vomitting.
I arrived at the surgery, was seen by my GP, I told him that I was having a allergic reaction but even then he was saying no it wasn't trimethoprim. He sent me home. Within 20 minutes of arriving home I was rushed into hospital and put on morphine. I was told that due to the severe allergic reaction I had aseptic meningitus!!!. When I was discharged it was clearly written that under no circumstances am I ever to be given that drug again!
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