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Is it harmful to take prescribed drugs(nitrofurantoin and fluconazole) for uti symptoms before doing a urine test, if you don't actually have uti?

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Dr. Stuart Hickerson
Family Medicine 32 years experience
No: It is the rationale for treating UTI without culture. If you symptoms are typical a duck is a duck. So if the nitrofurantoin is working and symptoms resolve it does not matter that the culture does not grow an organism. However, if symptoms worsen the culture will grow a bacteria that can be identified and treated with right drug.

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Nigeria
A 19-year-old female asked:

Is it okay to take prescribed drugs( nitrofurantoin and fluconazole) for uti symptoms before taking a urine test?

1 doctor answer1 doctor weighed in
Dr. Geraldine Goertzen
Emergency Medicine 30 years experience
Yes: If it is certain that you have a UTI, the symptoms are more reliable than the test. Many doctors don't test at all You just want to be sure you are treating the right thing in the first place. For example, vaginal irritation would not improve with treatment for a UTI, but would give many of the same symptoms.

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Last updated Mar 11, 2018

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