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A 33-year-old member asked:

I understand that if you feel signs of a bladder infection you should drink cranberry juice. is it true?

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Dr. Jack Rubin
Nephrology and Dialysis 48 years experience
UTI and cranberries: Cranberry juice makes the urine more acidotic, which inhibits the growth of bacteria. It is not as effective as antibiotics. If you have a bladder infection, see a physician, get a urine culture and get started on an effective therapy, which is an antibiotic that can treat the bacterium causing the infection. Good luck.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Not necessarily.: Find out if there is an actual bladder infection. If you have a bladder infection then the cranberry juice is not likely to help as it is used for prevention - not for treatment. Cranberry juice can help to prevent urinary tract infections (UTI's) in women with recurrent UTI's because of the proanthyocyanidins (PACs) it contains. Antibiotics are used to treat bladder infections.

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A 45-year-old member asked:

Can cranberry juice take a bladder infection away?

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Dr. George Klauber
Specializes in Pediatric Urology
No: Cranberry juice contains substances which interfere with bacteria adhering to bladder wall and thus reduce the incidence of recurrent bladder infections. It is not an antibiotic and thus can not treat an established bladder infection. There are many so called cranberry tablets or caplets, but very few list amount of active ingredient. Ellura does & proven effective in a 1st class scientific study.
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What kind of cranberry juice is useful for a bladder infection?

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Dr. Derrick Lonsdale
Preventive Medicine 73 years experience
Natural: It does not work very often.

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