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How Well Does Cystex Work
I have IC and use Azo for burning. I was told Cystex works as well and does not cause the orange urine. Is this true?
Try and see...: Azo has been known as a topical analgesia for the lining of bladder and urethra to ease burning urination but discoloring urine to orange; Cystex, containing cranberry ingredient, is chiefly to help control long-term recurrent bacterial UTI. Yet, IC is not bacterial so Cystex may not ease burning. Nonetheless, you may try it for 1-2 weeks and see if helpful or not. ...Read more
What do you recommend if I bought some cystex tablets. do these really work and are you supposed to take them everyday?
UTI treatment: Contain Methenamine which is antibacterial agent plus Sodium Salicilate (similar to aspirin) which helps to relieve pain & incidentally is non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medication & antipyretic. Only over the counter urinary antibacterial available in USA. 2 tablets 4x/day for UTI or 2 at night as a preventative. Better see Dr. to discuss & be treated if necessary. Other antibiotics > effective ...Read more
I have a UTI at work. I'm allergic to Azo. I just took 2 Cystex Plus. Please say I did the right thing. I have my antibiotics at home.
No: Cystex is a dietary supplement (look for fda disclaimer in small print). It appears to be a cranberry concentrate plus assorted ingredients that might prevent infection but can't cure it. Only antibiotics can cure (bacterial) infections. Phenazopyridine (aka Azo or Pyridium (phenazopyridine) etc) is an otc medication that can decrease UTI pain. Medications are fda approved & have proof of safety & effectiveness. ...Read more
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