Pyrimethamine along with other antibiotic sulphonamides is used to treat toxoplasmosis, an infection caused by the Toxoplasma parasite. It is also used to treat or prevent malaria infections along with other medicine.
How it works
Pyrimethamine belongs to a group of medicines called antiprotozoals. It is an antiparasitic and works by killing the parasites or preventing their growth in the blood stream.
Common side effects
Abnormal bruising, Abnormal skin pigmentation, Anemia, Change in blood test results, Dizziness, Headache, Vomiting, Weakness, Diarrhoea, Nausea
- 1 variant(s)
- Pyrimethamine when given with sulphonamide, it should be given with folic acid (vitamin) supplement.
- Do not use pyrimethamine if you are allergic to pyrimethamine or any other ingredient.
- Do not take pyrimethamine if you have megaloblastic anemia due to folate deficiency.
- Do not take pyrimethamine if you have kidney or liver problems; fits (seizures); depression; bone marrow problems; stomach or bowel problems (eg, malabsorption syndrome); phenylketonuria, or alcoholism.
Frequently asked questions
Q. What is pyrimethamine is used for?
Pyrimethamine is used to treat toxoplasmosis and treat or prevent malaria infections along with other medicines.
Q. How does pyrimethamine work?
Pyrimethamine is an antiparasitic and works by killing the parasites or preventing their growth in the blood stream.