If you get a UTI, you'll need to visit your doctor who can prescribe you antibiotics to treat the infection, which can be overwhelming. Depending on the severity and bacteria causing your UTI, your physician might recommend different antibiotic types and doses. Below we'll tell you what to expect, but also be sure to talk to a healthcare professional about taking steps toward the right treatment depending on your specific situation.
A simple urinary sample will help your healthcare professional determine which antibiotic treatment you need.
Your doctor will take a sample of your urine in order to examine a culture of your infection. That culture tells your doctor what kind of bacterial strain you have, and with this information, they can prescribe antibiotics that will be effective against that strain.
What kind of antibiotics are usually prescribed?
There are a number of different antibiotics that you can take to treat your UTI. For uncomplicated infections, your doctor may prescribe one of these common antibiotics: Ampicillin, Keflex, Monural, Bactrium, or Septra.
More complicated infections will require more care depending on the factors involved, this is especially true for women who are over the age of 65, or pregnant.
How long should I be taking antibiotics?
Most simple infections are treated within a span of 2-3 days, and your antibiotics will relieve most symptoms within that time. It is important to follow your doctor’s recommended prescription to assess the right kind of treatment for your infection. You may find that your prescription of antibiotics is ineffective, or that you may need to adjust the dosage.
So when should you consult your doctor? If your prescription isn’t working, or your symptoms are returning or getting worse, or you’re getting side effects from the medicine, you should contact your healthcare professional immediately. Make sure that your antibiotics are working for you.
Are antibiotics the best option for treating UTIs?
Antibiotics are the proven way to treat UTIs, and we recommend following your physician's recommendation. Some studies show how the body’s defense mechanisms are strong enough to clear mild infections on its own, but UTIs can escalate quickly, so don't let symptoms persist for more than 24-hours, and do seek your physician's advice if you suspect you have a UTI.
Of course, the best option is to prevent UTIs from happening in the first place since overusing antibiotics comes with negative consequences. Antibiotics kill both bad and good bacteria in your body, which might imbalance your system’s gut flora. There is also a chance of developing a resistance to antibiotics, making your medication ineffective if you get another UTI later.
Don’t be shy to explore your options. The best treatment doesn’t compromise your health, and we're here to help you get in front of infections.