Anyone who’s had a UTI (urinary tract infection) knows how painful and inconvenient it can be. The only thing that makes it tolerable is knowing that it’s easy enough to treat with a course of antibiotics. For uncomplicated UTIs, antibiotics usually treat an infection within a few days. Some common antibiotics for UTIs include Ampicillin, Keflex, Monurol, Bactrium, and Septra. More serious infections involving the upper tract organs (like your kidneys) may require different medicine or different treatments.
Antibiotics and Recurrent Urinary Tract Infections (UTIs):
Recurrent UTIs, defined as at least two UTIs in 6 months or three UTIs in 1 year, are a significant burden for the patient and result in high costs to the health system. Up until now, the two most commonly used strategies, to prevent recurrent UTIs were long-term low-dose antibiotic prophylaxis and post-coital antibiotic prophylaxis for women who have UTIs associated with sexual intercourse.
If you have frequent UTIs, your doctor may make certain treatment recommendations, such as:
- Low dose antibiotics, initially for six months but sometimes longer.
- Self-diagnosis and treatment, if you stay in touch with your doctor.
- A single dose of antibiotic after sexual intercourse if your infections are related to sexual activity.
- Taking antibiotics for 1 or 2 days every time symptoms appear.
- Vaginal estrogen therapy if you’re postmenopausal.
- Using an at-home urine test kit when symptoms start.
The problem with many of the above options is that there is over reliance on the use of antibiotics. The more frequent an individual takes an antibiotic for an infection, the more likely bacteria will develop resistance to the antibiotic, which makes it less likely that treatment will be effective next time around.
Please make sure to read the “Antibiotic Resistance” tab to learn more about the growing problem and why we should use antibiotics wisely!
Prevention is always the best way to avoid recurrent UTIs.
The growing concern over the risk of antibiotic resistance is the primary reason most healthcare practitioners are now turning towards non-antibiotic approaches to treating recurrent or chronic cases of UTIs and trying to prevent them before they even begin.
The good news is that you now have a non-antibiotic approach to prevent recurrent UTIs before they start….. Double-Action URIEXO will help you stay ahead of the problem.
The challenge, therefore, shifts to stopping the process before it gets to the point where you need to go to the doctor and without relying on the continuous use of antibiotics. It shifts to PREVENTION, denying the UTI before it starts and breaking the cycle that so many of us are familiar with.
After treating your UTI with an antibiotic, you should consider adding URIEXO to your daily routine to improve your urinary health and prevent that next infection.
Medical Complications: While milder UTIs will often go away on their own without treatment, you shouldn’t avoid seeing a doctor if the symptoms persist for more than a couple of days. Learn more here about why and when you should see your doctor.
UTI Prevention: Anyone who has ever had a urinary tract infection (UTI) knows full well how frustrating and uncomfortable they can be. Getting ahead of UTIs, with these UTI prevention tips, can help you prevent UTIs. Learn more here.
Antibiotic Resistance: The growing concern over the risk of antibiotic resistance is the primary reasons most healthcare practitioners are now turning towards non-antibiotic approaches to prevent recurrent UTIs. Click here to more about using antibiotics wisely!
UTIs vs Vaginal Infections: Although UTIs and vaginal infections are quite different, it’s possible to have both at the same time. The good news is that both conditions are treatable and preventable! Click here here to more about differences.