UTI medicine: How do you treat a UTI?
A UTI, or urinary tract infection, happens when bacteria infect the urinary tract which includes organs like your kidneys, ureters, bladder, and the urethra. UTIs are extremely common for women, who have 1 in 2 chances of experiencing a urinary tract infection in their lifetime. Common UTI symptoms include the frequent or urge to pee, cloudy or bloody urine, and discomfort or even pain when trying to urinate.
To treat a UTI, your doctor can prescribe medicine for you by using a lab culture to find out what kind of strain is causing your infection. Most UTIs are caused by bacteria like E.coli, which are responsible for around 90% of UTI causes. For uncomplicated UTIs, antibiotics usually cure an infection within a few days; some (common antibiotics for 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 eventually develop resistance to antibiotics, making the medicine ineffective. Following preventative tips and using effective prevention products, like Uqora, will help you stay ahead of the problem, enabling you to avoid treatment.
How do I know if I have a UTI? What are UTI 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.
How do I get a UTI? What are UTI causes?
- • 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
What are the common antibiotics for UTIs?
How do I avoid UTIs?
- • 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
Are there home remedies for UTIs?
- • 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
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Cipro & Other Common Antibioticsbecome 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. This article will give you run-down on antibiotic resistance, what that means for common antibiotics for UTIs, and which antibiotics to avoid.
Antibiotic resistance: eventually bacteria outsmart drugsUTIs 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) listed the 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 CiproIn 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