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Trimpex Prescribing Information

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Generic name: trimethoprim hydrochloride
Dosage form: oral solution
Drug class: Urinary anti-infectives

Medically reviewed by Last updated on Mar 27, 2023.

(trimethoprim hydrochloride oral solution)
Dye-free, alcohol-free, flavored solution,
50 mg trimethoprim per 5 mL

Trimpex Description

TRIMPEX (trimethoprim hydrochloride oral solution) is a solution of the synthetic antibacterial trimethoprim in water prepared with the aid of hydrochloric acid. Each 5 mL for oral administration contains trimethoprim hydrochloride equivalent to 50 mg trimethoprim and the inactive ingredients bubble gum flavor, fructose, glycerin, methylparaben, monoammonium glycyrrhizinate, povidone, propylparaben, propylene glycol, saccharin sodium, sodium benzoate, sorbitol, water and hydrochloric acid and/or sodium hydroxide to adjust pH to a range of 3.0 - 5.0. Trimethoprim is 2,4-diamino-5-(3,4,5-trimethoxybenzyl) pyrimidine. Trimethoprim is a white to cream-colored, odorless, bitter compound with a molecular formula of C14H18N4O3 and a molecular weight of 290.32 and the following structural formula:

Chemical Structure

Trimpex - Clinical Pharmacology

Trimethoprim is rapidly absorbed following oral administration.

It exists in the blood as unbound, protein-bound and metabolized forms. Ten to twenty percent of trimethoprim is metabolized, primarily in the liver; the remainder is excreted unchanged in the urine. The principal metabolites of trimethoprim are the 1- and 3-oxides and the 3′- and 4′- hydroxy derivatives. The free form is considered to be the therapeutically active form. Approximately 44% of trimethoprim is bound to plasma proteins.

Mean peak plasma concentrations of approximately 1 mcg/mL occur 1 to 4 hours after oral administration of a single 100 mg dose. A single 200 mg dose will result in plasma concentrations approximately twice as high. The mean half-life of trimethoprim is approximately 9 hours. However, patients with severely impaired renal function exhibit an increase in the half-life of trimethoprim, which requires either dosage regimen adjustment or not using the drug in such patients (see DOSAGE AND ADMINISTRATION section). During a 13-week study of trimethoprim tablets administered at a dosage of 50 mg q.i.d., the mean minimum steady-state concentration of the drug was 1.1 mcg/mL. Steady-state concentrations were achieved within two to three days of chronic administration and were maintained throughout the experimental period.

Excretion of trimethoprim is primarily by the kidneys through glomerular filtration and tubular secretion. Urine concentrations of trimethoprim are considerably higher than are the concentrations in the blood. After a single oral dose of 100 mg, urine concentrations of trimethoprim ranged from 30 to 160 mcg/mL during the 0- to 4-hour period and declined to approximately 18 to 91 mcg/mL during the 8- to 24-hour period. A 200 mg single oral dose will result in trimethoprim urine concentrations approximately twice as high. After oral administration, 50% to 60% of trimethoprim is excreted in the urine within 24 hours, approximately 80% of this being unmetabolized trimethoprim.

Trimethoprim half-life, clearance, and volume of distribution vary with age. Excluding newborns, an apparent trend of increasing half-life, volume of distribution, and decreasing clearance is observed with increasing age until adulthood.

Since normal vaginal and fecal flora are the source of most pathogens causing urinary tract infections, it is relevant to consider the distribution of trimethoprim into these sites.

Concentrations of trimethoprim in vaginal secretions are consistently greater than those found simultaneously in the serum, being typically 1.6 times the concentrations of simultaneously obtained serum samples. Sufficient trimethoprim is excreted in the feces to markedly reduce or eliminate trimethoprim-susceptible organisms from the fecal flora. The dominant non-Enterobacteriaceae fecal organisms, Bacteroides spp. and Lactobacillus spp., are not susceptible to trimethoprim concentrations obtained with the recommended dosage. Trimethoprim also concentrates into middle ear fluid (MEF) very efficiently. In a study in children aged 1 to 12 years, administration of a single 4 mg/kg dose resulted in a mean peak MEF concentration of 2.0 mcg/mL.

Trimethoprim also passes the placental barrier and is excreted in breast milk.


Mechanism of Action

Trimethoprim blocks the production of tetrahydrofolic acid from dihydrofolic acid by binding to and reversibly inhibiting the required enzyme, dihydrofolate reductase. This binding is very much stronger for the bacterial enzyme than for the corresponding mammalian enzyme. Thus, trimethoprim selectively interferes with bacterial biosynthesis of nucleic acids and proteins.


Resistance to trimethorprim may be conferred by a variety of mechanisms including cell wall impermeability, overproduction of the chromosomal dihydrofolate reductase (DHFR) enzyme, production of a resistant chromosomal DHFR enzyme or production of a plasmid-mediated thrimethoprim-resistant DHFR enzyme, Acinetobacter baumannii/Acinetobacter calcoaceticus complex, Burkholderia cepacia complex, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Stenotrophomonas maltophilia are intrinsically resistant to trimethoprim. Non-Enterobacteriaceae fecal organisms, Bacteroides spp. and Lactobacillus spp. are not susceptible to trimethoprim at the concetrations obtained with the recommended dosage. Moraxella catarrhalis isolates were found consistently resistant to trimethoprim. Entercoccus spp. (E. faecalis, E. faecium, E. gallinarum/E. casseliflavus) may appear active in vitro to trimethoprim but are not effective clinically and should not be reported as susceptible.

Antimicrobial Activity

Trimethoprim has been shown to be active against most strains of the following microorganisms, both in vitro and in clinical infections as described in the INDICATIONS AND USAGE section

Aerobic gram-positive bacteria

Staphylococcus species (coagulase-negative strains, including S. saprophyticus)

Streptococcus pneumoniae (penicillin-susceptible strains)

Aerobic gram-negative bacteria

Enterobacter species

Escherichia coli

Haemophilus influenzae (excluding beta-lactamase negative, ampicillin resistant strains)

Klebsiella pneumoniae

Proteus mirabilis

Susceptibility Test Methods

When available, the clinical microbiology laboratory should provide cumulative reports of in vitro susceptibility test results for antimicrobial drugs used in local hospitals and practice areas to the physician as periodic reports that describe the susceptibility profile of nosocomial and community-acquired pathogens. These reports should aid the physician in selecting an antibacterial drug for treatment.

Dilution techniques

Quantitative methods are used to determine antimicrobial minimun inhibitory concentrations (MICs). These MICs provide estimates of the susceptibility of bacteria to antimicrobial compounds. The MICs should be determined using a standardized procedure (broth and/or agar). 1,3 The MIC values should be interpreted according to the criteria provided in Table 1.

Diffusion techniques

Quanitative methods that require measurement of zone diameters can also provide reproducible estimates of the suseptibility of bacteria to antimicrobial compounds. The zone size should be determined using a standardized test method. 2,3 This procedure uses paper disks impregnated with 5mcg trimethoprim to test the susceptibility of bacteria to trimethoprim. The disc diffusion breakpoints are provided in Table 1.

Table 1. Susceptibility Test Interpretive Criteria for Trimethoprim
PathogenMinimum Inhibitory Concentrations
Zone Diameters
Coagulase negative staphylococci (including S. saprophyticus≤8≥16≥1611-15≤10
Haemophilus influenzae≤0.51-2≥4≥1611-15≤10

Note: S. pneumoniae are not susceptible to trimethoprim at the concentrations obtainced with the recommended dosage.

A report of Susceptible (S) indicates that the antimicrobial drug is likely to inhibit growth of the pathogen if the antimicrobial drug reaches the concentration usually achievable at the site of infection. A report of Intermediate (I) indicates that the result should be considered equivocal, and, if the microorganism is not fully susceptible to alternative, clinically feasible drugs, the test should be repeated. This category implies possible clinical applicability in body sites where the drug is physiologically concentrated or in situations where a high dose of the drug can be used. This category also provides a buffer zone that prevents small uncontrolled technical factors from causing major discrepancies in interpretation. A report of Resistant (R) indicates that the antimicrobial drug is not likely to inhibit growth of the pathogen if the antimicrobial drug reaches the concentration usually achievable at the infection site; other therapy should be selected.

Quality Control

Standardized susceptibility test procedures require the use of laboratory controls to monitor and ensure the accuracy and precision of supplies and reagents used in the assay, and the techniques of the individuals performing the test 1,2,3. Standard trimethoprim powder should provide the following range of MIC values noted in Table 2. For the diffusion technique using the 5 mcg disk, the criteria in Table 2 should be achieved.

Table 2. Acceptable Quality Control Ranges to be Used in the Validation of Susceptibility Test Results
QC StrainMinimum Inhibitory Concentrations
Zone Diameters
Enterococcus faecalis ATCC 292120.12-0.50--
Escherichia coli ATCC 259220.5-2.021-28
Haemophilus influenzae ATCC 492470.06-0.5027-33
Staphylococcus aureus ATCC 292131-4--
Staphylococcus aureus ATCC 25923--19-26
Streptococcus pneumoniae ATCC 496191-4--
Pseudomonas aeruginosa ATCC 27853>64--

Indications and Usage for Trimpex

TRIMPEX Solution is indicated for the treatment of infections caused by susceptible strains of the designated microorganisms in the conditions listed below.

Pediatric Patients

Acute Otitis Media

For the treatment of acute otitis media due to susceptible strains of Streptococcus pneumoniae and Haemophilus influenzae.

NOTE: Moraxella catarrhalis isolates were found consistently resistant to trimethoprim in vitro. Therefore, when infection with Moraxella catarrhalis is suspected, the use of alternative antimicrobial agents should be considered.

TRIMPEX is not indicated for prophylactic or prolonged administration in otitis media at any age.


Urinary Tract Infections

For the treatment of initial episodes of uncomplicated urinary tract infections due to susceptible strains of the following organisms:

Escherichia coli, Proteus mirabilis, Klebsiella pneumoniae, Enterobacter species and coagulase-negative Staphylococcus species, including S. saprophyticus.

Cultures and susceptibility tests should be performed to determine the susceptibility of the bacteria to trimethoprim. Therapy may be initiated prior to obtaining the results of these tests.

Clinical Studies

The results of one multicenter, 30-day, comparative, randomized clinical trial without tympanocentesis in 262 pediatric patients with acute otitis media (AOM) are shown below. In this clinical trial, strict evaluability criteria were used to determine clinical response.

sulfamethoxazole + trimethoprim oral suspension
Clinical Cure64/130 (49%)63/129 (49%)
Clinical Improvement30/130 (23%)31/129 (24%)
Relapse/Recurrence19/130 (15%)18/129 (14%)
Outcome (based on 95% confidence interval)TRIMPEX equivalent to TMP + SMX

The results of an uncontrolled 30-day trial with tympanocentesis in 120 pediatric patients with AOM are shown below:

Number of patients
Clinically Evaluable102
Microbiologically Evaluable58
Clinical Cure50/102 (49%)
Clinical Improvement22/102 (22%)
Clinical Relapse/Recurrence20/102 (20%)
Microbiologic Eradication Rates n=58Day 5
Day 20
Streptococcus pneumoniae16/20 (80%)14/20 (70%)
Haemophilus influenzae14/17 (82%)13/17 (77%)

Moraxella catarrhalis, isolated from five patients, was found consistently resistant to trimethoprim in vitro.


TRIMPEX is contraindicated in individuals hypersensitive to trimethoprim and in those with documented megaloblastic anemia due to folate deficiency.


Experience with trimethoprim alone is limited, but it has been reported rarely to interfere with hematopoiesis, especially when administered in large doses and/or for prolonged periods.

The presence of clinical signs such as sore throat, fever, pallor or purpura may be early indications of serious blood disorders.



Trimethoprim should be given with caution to patients with possible folate deficiency. Folates may be administered concomitantly without interfering with the antibacterial action of trimethoprim. Trimethoprim should also be given with caution to patients with impaired renal or hepatic function. If any clinical signs of a blood disorder are noted in a patient receiving trimethoprim, a complete blood count should be obtained and the drug discontinued if a significant reduction in the count of any formed blood element is found.

Drug Interactions

TRIMPEX may inhibit the hepatic metabolism of phenytoin. Trimethoprim, given at a common clinical dosage, increased the phenytoin half-life by 51% and decreased the phenytoin metabolic clearance rate by 30%. When administering these drugs concurrently, one should be alert for possible excessive phenytoin effect.

Drug/Laboratory Test Interactions

Trimethoprim can interfere with a serum methotrexate assay as determined by the competitive binding protein technique (CBPA) when a bacterial dihydrofolate reductase is used as the binding protein. No interference occurs, however, if methotrexate is measured by a radioimmunoassay (RIA).

The presence of trimethoprim may also interfere with the Jaffé alkaline picrate reaction assay for creatinine resulting in overestimations of about 10% in the range of normal values.

Carcinogenesis, Mutagenesis, Impairment of Fertility

Long-term studies in animals to evaluate carcinogenic potential have not been conducted with trimethoprim. Trimethoprim was demonstrated to be non-mutagenic in the Ames assay. No chromosomal damage was observed in human leukocytes cultured in vitro with trimethoprim; the concentration used exceeded blood levels following therapy with TRIMPEX. No adverse effects on fertility or general reproductive performance were observed in rats given trimethoprim in oral dosages as high as 70 mg/kg/day for males and 14 mg/kg/day for females.


Teratogenic Effects

Pregnancy Category C

Trimethoprim has been shown to be teratogenic in the rat when given in doses 40 times the human dose. In some rabbit studies, the overall increase in fetal loss (dead and resorbed and malformed conceptuses) was associated with doses 6 times the human therapeutic dose.

While there are no large well-controlled studies on the use of trimethoprim in pregnant women, Brumfitt and Pursell,4 in a retrospective study, reported the outcome of 186 pregnancies during which the mother received either placebo or trimethoprim in combination with sulfamethoxazole. The incidence of congenital abnormalities was 4.5% (3 of 66) in those who received placebo and 3.3% (4 of 120) in those receiving trimethoprim plus sulfamethoxazole. There were no abnormalities in the 10 children whose mothers received the drug during the first trimester. In a separate survey, Brumfitt and Pursell also found no congenital abnormalities in 35 children whose mothers had received trimethoprim plus sulfamethoxazole at the time of conception or shortly thereafter.

Because trimethoprim may interfere with folic acid metabolism, TRIMPEX should be used during pregnancy only if the potential benefit justifies the potential risk to the fetus.

Nonteratogenic Effects

The oral administration of trimethoprim to rats at a dose of 70 mg/kg/day commencing with the last third of gestation and continuing through parturition and lactation caused no deleterious effects on gestation or pup growth and survival.

Nursing Mothers

Trimethoprim is excreted in human milk. Because trimethoprim may interfere with folic acid metabolism, caution should be exercised when TRIMPEX is administered to a nursing woman.

Pediatric Use

The safety of trimethoprim has not been established in pediatric patients below the age of 2 months. The effectiveness of trimethoprim in the treatment of acute otitis media has not been established in patients below the age of 6 months.

Adverse Reactions/Side Effects

To report SUSPECTED ADVERSE REACTIONS, contact Key Therapeutics, LLC at 1-888-981-8337, or FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088 or

Adverse Events Reported During Pediatric Clinical Trials With TRIMPEX

The following table lists those drug-related adverse events reported most frequently during the clinical trials in pediatric patients aged 6 months to 12 years. Most of these events were determined to be mild. The incidence of drug related adverse events was significantly lower for TRIMPEX, which was most apparent for those events related to skin/appendages as a body system.

Drug-related Adverse EventPercent of Pediatric Patients
sulfamethoxazole + trimethoprim oral suspension
Body as a whole
abdominal pain<12.5
Digestive system

An increase in lymphocytes and eosinophils was noted in some pediatric patients following treatment with TRIMPEX or sulfamethoxazole + trimethoprim oral suspension.

Adverse Reactions Reported For Trimethoprim

In addition to the adverse events listed above which have been observed in pediatric patients receiving TRIMPEX, the following adverse reactions and altered laboratory tests have been previously reported for trimethoprim and therefore, may occur with TRIMPEX therapy:

Dermatologic reactions: pruritus and exfoliative dermatitis. At the recommended adult dosage regimens of 100 mg b.i.d., or 200 mg q.d., each for 10 days, the incidence of rash is 2.9% to 6.7%. In clinical studies which employed high doses of trimethoprim in adults, an elevated incidence of rash was noted. These rashes were maculopapular, morbilliform, pruritic and generally mild to moderate, appearing 7 to 14 days after the initiation of therapy.

Gastrointestinal reactions: Epigastric distress, nausea, and glossitis.

Hematologic reactions: Thrombocytopenia, leukopenia, neutropenia, megaloblastic anemia and methemoglobinemia.

Metabolic reactions: Hyperkalemia, hyponatremia.

Miscellaneous reactions: Fever, elevation of serum transaminase and bilirubin, and increases in BUN and serum creatinine levels.



Signs of acute overdosage with trimethoprim may appear following ingestion of 1 gram or more of the drug and include nausea, vomiting, dizziness, headaches, mental depression, confusion and bone marrow depression (see OVERDOSAGE-Chronic).

Treatment consists of gastric lavage and general supportive measures. Acidification of the urine will increase renal elimination of trimethoprim. Peritoneal dialysis is not effective and hemodialysis only moderately effective in eliminating the drug.


Use of trimethoprim at high doses and/or for extended periods of time may cause bone marrow depression manifested as thrombocytopenia, leukopenia and/or megaloblastic anemia. If signs of bone marrow depression occur, trimethoprim should be discontinued and the patient should be given leucovorin, 3 to 6 mg intramuscularly daily for three days, or as required to restore normal hematopoiesis.

Trimpex Dosage and Administration

Acute Otitis Media in Pediatric Patients

The recommended dose for pediatric patients with acute otitis media is 10 mg/kg trimethoprim per 24 hours, given in divided doses every 12 hours for 10 days. The following table is a guideline for the attainment of this dosage:

Pediatric patients 6 months of age or older:
WeightDose (every 12 hours)

Uncomplicated Urinary Tract Infections

The usual oral adult dosage is 100 mg (10 mL) every 12 hours or 200 mg (20 mL) every 24 hours, each for 10 days.

Patients with Impaired Renal Function

The use of trimethoprim in patients with a creatinine clearance of less than 15 mL/min is not recommended. Patients with a creatinine clearance of 15 to 30 mL/min should receive half the dose recommended for patients of the same age with normal renal function.

How is Trimpex supplied

TRIMPEX (trimethoprim hydrochloride oral solution) is a dye-free, alcohol-free, bubble gum flavored, oral solution containing trimethoprim hydrochloride equivalent to 50 mg of trimethoprim in each 5 mL.

NDC 70868-120-20: 20 mL (2/3 ounce)

NDC 70868-120-16: 473 mL (1 Pint)

Store between 15-25°C (59-77°F). Dispense in tight, light resistant glass or PET plastic containers as defined in USP.

Protect from light.

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  1. Clinical and Laboratory Standards Institute (CLSI). Methods for Dilution Antimicrobial Susceptibility for Bacteria that Grow Aerobically; Approved Standard-Tenth Edition. CLSI document M07-A10 [2015], Clinical and Laboratory Standards Institute, 950 West Valley Road, Suite 2500, Wayne, Pennsylvania 19087, USA.
  2. Clinical and Laboratory Standards Institute (CLSI).Performance Standards for Antimicrobial Disk Diffusion Susceptibility Tests; Approved Standard-Twelfth Edition. CLSI document M02-A12 [2015], Clinical and Laboratory Standards Institute, 950 West Valley Road, Suite 2500, Wayne, Pennsylvania 19087, USA.
  3. Clinical and Laboratory Standards Institute (CLSI).Performance Standards for Antimicrobial Susceptibility Tests; Twenty-sixth Informational Supplement, CLSI document M100-S26 [2016], Clinical and Laboratory Standards Institute, 950 West Valley Road, Suite 2500, Wayne, Pennsylvania 19087, USA.
  4. Brumfitt W, Prusell R: Trimethoprim/Sulfamethoxazole in the treatment of Bacteriuria in Women, J Infect Dis128 (suppl): S657-S663, 1973.

Rev. 09/2017

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U. S. Patent No. 5,698,562


NDC 70868-120-16

TRIMPEX Solution
(trimethoprim hydrochloride
oral solution)

50 mg/5 mL


Rx Only

473 mL (1 pint)

trimethoprim hydrochloride solution
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