UTI medicine: How do you treat a UTI?

A UTI, or urinary tract infection, happens when bacteria infect the urinary tract. Your urinary tract is made up of your kidneys, ureters, bladder, and the urethra. UTIs are extremely common for women, who have a 1 in 2 chance of experiencing a UTI in their lifetime. If you've ever had a UTI, then you probably recognize some of the tell-tale UTI symptoms: frequent urination, or the frequent urge to pee, cloudy or bloody urine, and discomfort or even pain when trying to urinate.

For uncomplicated UTIs, antibiotics usually cure an infection within a few days.

To treat a UTI, your doctor will most likely prescribe antibiotics to clear up the infection. Your doctor may also conduct a urine culture analysis to find out what kind of strain is causing your infection. Most UTIs are caused by E.coli, the bacteria responsible for about 90% of UTI cases. For uncomplicated UTIs, antibiotics usually cure an infection within a few days. Some common antibiotics for a UTI 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.

Prevention is always the best way to avoid UTIs. Although medicine like antibiotics can clear your infection, your body can develop resistance to antibiotics over time, which can be dangerous. Additionally, antibiotics often cause other issues, like yeast infections. To avoid overusing antibiotics, incorporate good prevention habits. We recommend using Uqora's effective prevention products to get ahead of UTIs. 

Get ahead of UTIs with Uqora

Our preventive drink mix, Uqora Target, flushes out UTI-causing bacteria after high-risk activities, like sex or exercise. Uqora Control, our daily solution, breaks down biofilm, the tool bacteria use to hide and later cause recurring UTIs that seem to come out of nowhere. And give your body an added boost with Uqora Promote—a probiotic designed to grow healthy bacteria that fight the good fight. Uqora's prevention products combined with healthy and proactive habits can help keep you UTI-free, which means fewer antibiotics, and fewer doctors visits.

An absolute savior

"I have been plagued by, on average, about 1 - 2 UTIs a month for the last five or six YEARS. I tried literally everything on the market, natural and chemical, both for prevention and treatment. I take Uqora Control and I also take one packet of Uqora Target any time I have sex (a sure trigger for my UTIs). I have been UTI-free for the last two months and I could actually cry. I honestly thought I was never going to find a solution. Uqora has been an absolute savior. Thank you so, so, so much."
Emma, Uqora customer


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    +How do I know if I have a UTI? What are UTI symptoms?
    While there’s no way to tell for sure without going to a doctor, you may experience common UTI symptoms that might indicate an infection. UTI symptoms can be different person to person, but often times a person with a UTI will experience at least one of the following symptoms:
    • A strong, constant or recurring urge to urinate.
    • A burning sensation when urinating.
    • Only urinating small amounts when you do urinate.
    • Cloudy urine instead of transparent.
    • Blood in the urine, which often looks red, bright pink, or brownish like coca-cola.
    • Pungent urine.
    • Pelvic pain, especially in the center of the pelvis and around the area of the pubic bone for women
    • Feeling under the weather with possibly having a fever, chills, or body aches.
    In older people, UTI symptoms might not be as clear. One common side effect for elderly people suffering from a UTI is delirium. Delirium is sudden mental confusion and emotional disruption which makes its sufferers confused and agitated. People suffering from delirium will have difficulty remembering, sleeping, paying attention, and more. Since delirium can indicate a UTI in the elderly, many physicians will check for a UTI whenever delirium occurs in an elderly patient.
    +How do I get a UTI? What are UTI causes?
    You can get a UTI quite easily, especially if you’re a woman (who has about 50% chance of experiencing at least one UTI in her life, compared to 12% in men). 90% of UTIs are caused by E.coli, a bacteria that travel to the bladder and latch onto the urinary tract walls. In some cases E.coli can travel from the bladder through the ureters to the kidneys, causing serious infections. The following things can trigger UTIs:

    • Sex; this is a big one, especially for women whose bodies make it easy for bacteria to travel from the anus to the urethra.
    • Poor hygiene; often when you’re traveling or immobile for extended periods of time, you don’t have the chance to change out of sweaty or dirty clothes. Traveling is another trigger for UTIs.
    • Dehydration; if you’re not drinking enough water, your body isn’t urinating as much as it needs to flush bacteria out of your urinary system
    • Using contraceptives like spermicides and diaphragms; luckily there are many
    other birth control options.
    +What are the common antibiotics for UTIs?
    Your doctor can prescribe you different antibiotics to treat your infection, depending on the strain and severity. For simple infections, antibiotics for UTIs like Ampicillin, Keflex, Monural, Bactrium, or Septra are commonly taken. If you have other have allergies, are pregnant or have other increased risks of getting UTIs, let your doctor know before deciding on the kind of antibiotics for UTIs to take.
    +Should I take Ciprofloxacin (Cipro) for a UTI?
    Cipro belongs to a class of antibiotics called fluoroquinolones. Fluoroquinolones antibiotics are effective at fighting off bacterial infections because they prevent the multiplication of bacterial DNA, however, they're very potent and can have serious side effects and drawbacks. 
    Negative effects of fluoroquinolones can range from short-term discomfort to permanent severe damage and varies from person to person. The FDA cautioned that these drugs shouldn't be prescribed for sinus infections, chronic bronchitis or simple urinary tract infections unless no other treatments options exist.
    +How do I avoid UTIs?
    The best way to avoid UTIs is to prevent them. Here is a list of tips to follow to reduce your risk of urinary tract infections:

    • Hydrate. Drink water throughout the day to flush bacteria from your urinary tract.
    • Wipe from front to back. Doing so after the bathroom prevents bacteria from spreading to the urethra.
    • Urinate before and after intercourse.
    • Avoid irritating feminine products to the genital area; especially sprays, douches, powders and even hygiene products that use chemicals.
    • Avoid diaphragms or spermicide-treated contraceptives
    • Change often out of sweaty or damp clothes; especially during warm, humid weather
    Even if you’re practicing all the best UTI prevention habits, you might still struggle with UTIs. That’s because some of us are just more likely to get UTIs. If you’re doing everything right but are still getting UTIs, check out Uqora’s effective, patent-pending UTI prevention products.
    +Are there home remedies for UTIs?
    Yes, but research on the effectiveness of home remedies for UTIs are limited. While most will not fully treat your UTI, they are helpful in managing symptoms and help prevent UTIs. Some popular home remedies for UTIs are:

    • Probiotics; (probiotics in yogurts and supplement capsules) help good bacteria grow in your gut
    • Vitamins and supplements; vitamins like (d-mannose) have shown to help prevent UTIs
    • Other dietary changes; check out the Candida diet for a guideline of recommended foods to eat and avoid to also avoid UTIs
    • Cranberry juice has long been considered an option for UTI prevention, however results of using cranberry juice and extracts to prevent or treat UTIs vary widely, and the American Medical Association does not consider cranberry a reliable method for UTI prevention

    Prevent UTIs before they start with Uqora

    The best way to treat a UTI? Stop it before it happens. Drink Uqora Target to flush out UTI-causing bacteria caused by things like sex. Take Uqora Control daily to stop recurring UTIs that seem to come out of nowhere.   

    You guys... this stuff is a life saver.

    "I suffered from CHRONIC UTIs and have had some pretty serious repercussions from taking mass amounts of antibiotics. I have not had a UTI since I started taking uqora. I drink it after things that are my triggers (sex in particular) and it stops it in it’s tracks!"
    Lacey, Uqora customer


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    If you have ever experienced a urinary tract infection, then you know just how uncomfortable, and even painful, they can be. Many women, and men, get UTIs over and over, due to their anatomy or lifestyles. If you are one of those people, you may be wondering about natural prevention that can keep you healthy, no matter what you wear, where you are, and activities you're engaging in. Find out more about the mechanisms behind daily UTI defense.

    What Is a UTI?

    A UTI is an infection of the urinary tract that is caused by bacteria. The urethra, the tube that allows urine to empty from the bladder, can allow infection-causing bacteria to enter the body. Because women have shorter urethras, they are more likely to end up with UTIs. While UTIs can be caused by improper personal hygiene, they can also result from certain activities, including
    • Swimming
    • Exercise
    • Sex
    If a UTI is left untreated, the bladder and kidneys can become infected, resulting in some serious medical issues.

    The symptoms of a UTI are fairly easy to recognize, and if you've had one before you are sure to know exactly what's going on. If you notice a burning sensation when using the bathroom, pain in the abdomen, or bloody urine, then you should probably get help clearing up the infection.

    Can UTIs Be Prevented?

    Most medical professionals agree that preventing UTIs is best done by avoiding certain activities or keeping the genital area clean throughout the day. Some of the best preventative tips include the following:
    • Drinking lots of water
    • Completely emptying the bladder when urinating
    • Taking showers rather than baths
    • Avoiding wearing tight pants or underwear that doesn't release moisture
    While prevention is key when it comes to UTIs, it's not always possible to completely change your lifestyle, especially when you actually enjoy the activities that may cause your recurring infections. Many women turn to home remedies for UTI, but a UTI prevention pill or UTI prevention drink may be a better alternative. You'll still be able to travel, wear the clothes you love, and spend intimate time with that special someone, but you'll have a prevention plan in place to keep you from ending up back in the doctor's office again.

    What Medications Help With UTIs?

    Those who suffer from chronic UTIs are probably very familiar with antibiotics. However, these prescription medications are not the only option. There are plenty of more natural choices that can be used to prevent UTIs in the first place, thus preventing antibiotics for treatment.  

    Because UTIs are caused by bacteria, you need medicine that can get rid of that bacteria once bacteria have attached to the urinary tract (thus, starting a UTI). A daily drink designed to flush your system of bacteria is a great way to ensure that a UTI doesn't set in. Plus, the use of ingredients found in nature keeps your body strong and healthy and your immune system bolstered, as well.

    Repairing Damage

    Whether you've had one UTI or several over many years, the bacteria can take its toll on your body. Even if you're using daily UTI defense to prevent infections from coming back, you need to restore the health of your bladder and kidneys, as well as your entire body. A UTI prevention pill that contains antioxidant ingredients found in nature can help with that healing.

    If you're tired of fighting chronic UTIs, it's time to make a plan for prevention. Consider a UTI prevention drink or pill that you can take every day or after an activity that is known to result in infections for you. This daily prevention can be just what you need to enjoy your life worry-free.
    Cipro & Other Common Antibiotics become increasingly ineffective (and problematic) as antibiotic resistance continues to develop.  Nearly half of all women will experience a urinary tract infection during their lifetime. Normally, UTIs are treated with a 3-14 day course of antibiotics. With antibiotic-resistant bacteria on the rise, UTIs aren’t just pesky infections anymore—they’re life-threatening. If left untreated, the UTIs can spread to the kidneys or the bloodstream. Here's a run-down on antibiotic resistance, what that means for common antibiotics for UTIs, and which antibiotics to avoid.

    Antibiotic resistance: eventually bacteria outsmart drugs

    UTIs are becoming harder to treat, and Lilian Abbo, MD, an infectious disease specialist at the University of Miami, sees that firsthand. She told WebMD the UTIs that won’t go away are treated with “broad-spectrum” antibiotics that also wipe out the good bacteria in your gut that help your immune system. She likened it to “using a grenade to a kill a mosquito...The mosquito became resistant to all the repellents and keeps biting you.” Here’s what you should know: Last year, the World Health Organization (WHO) listedthe Enterobacteriaceae family as a number one, critical priority for pathogen families resistant to antibiotics.
    • Escherichia coli or E.coli, the bacteria that causes 75% to 95% of UTIs, falls under the Enterobacteriaceae family.
    • Colistin is increasingly used as an antibiotic of last resort for the treatment of UTIs. However, resistance to colistin is emerging in India and China.  
    • Scientists believe this may have developed because farmers use colistin as a growth promoter in livestock. Researchers think the flies carried the bacteria containing genes for antibiotic resistance from farms to cities, where they transmitted the bacteria to humans.
    • Besides colistin, other common antibiotics for UTIs include Cipro (ciprofloxacin), Levaquin (levofloxacin) and Bactrim (also called Sulfatrim and Septra). However, these treatments are problematic.
    • This long-term study of E. coli taken from urine samples of U.S. patients found that the greatest increases in resistance between 2000 and 2010 were for the antibiotics Cipro (3% to 17%) and Bactrim (18% to 24%).

    The Dangers of Cipro

    In addition to E.coli  becoming more resistant to Cipro, Bactrim, and colistin, the Food and Drug Administration has assigned their strongest label warning to fluoroquinolones antibiotics. UTI antibiotics Levaquin (levofloxacin) and Cipro (ciprofloxacin) fall into the fluoroquinolones class. Using Levaquin or Cipro for UTIs can lead to disabling side effects. The damage can occur hours or weeks after consuming fluoroquinolone pills or injections. The FDA says that two or more serious side effects can occur simultaneously. About half of the patients who had serious side effects said the side effects began after the first or second dose. Cipro and Levaquin should not be prescribed unless no other option exists. Serious side effects reported to the FDA include:
    • Ruptured tendons, pain, “pins and needles” sensations
    • Long-term pain
    • Pain, burning, tingling, numbness, weakness
    • Symptoms affecting tendons, muscles, and joints, including swelling, pain, and tendon rupture
    • Symptoms that lasted longer than a year
    • Depression or anxiety
    • Sensation changes or nerve damage in hands, feet, arms, or legs
    Since most patients reported symptoms lasting longer than a year, it is possible that some of these effects will be permanent.

    Which antibiotic is best for treating a UTI?

    Your doctor shouldn’t prescribe you Levaquin or Cipro unless you have a serious infection, are allergic to other antibiotics or have no other choice of treatment. At your appointment, speak with your doctor to find other antibiotics that are right for you.

    The bottom line:

    E.coli continues to thrive as it wises up to antibiotics. UTIs that resist one or more types of antibiotics are becoming more common. Antibiotics Cipro and Bactrim, in particular, are becoming less effective. UTI patients’ well-being is in the hands of pharmaceutical companies, as they develop new antibiotics for the bacteria doing the most damage. It’s unclear how long these developments will take, but it won’t be any time soon. One way to stop UTIs is to prevent them, and Uqora is your first line of defense.
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