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Long Term Antibiotics For Uti
I'm currently taking antibiotics long term for reoccurring uti's. Is there anything I should take to help protect my stomach or something? Thnx
Probiotic: Long term antibiotics, while many doctors use them for recurrent UTI's, are probably not a good idea. Long term use of antibiotics selects out for bacteria that are resistant to that antibiotic and will likely eventually lead to an untreatable organism. That said, it is a good idea to take probiotics whenever you take an antibiotic to help lessen the chance of diarrhea or yeast infection. ...Read more
A urinary tract infection (often called UTI) is most commonly caused by bacteria and usually refers to an infection in the bladder. Not all bacteria that grows from the urine represents an infection, so the need for antibiotics is determined by your ...Read more
No cure -treatment: The most commonly used antibiotics for treating recurrent urinary tract infections (utis) are Nitrofurantoin (aka macrobid) and trimethoprim/sulfamethoxazole, which are cheap + usually well tolerated. But, it's important to try to learn why utis keep occurring + the doctor may want to do some studies. Also, prevention through good toilet hygiene + fully emptying bladder often enough is also key. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
UTI and antibiotics: The answer to your question is "no". You should see a urologist to find out why you are plagued with your uti's. You will need to have a renal ultrasound and perhaps more tests to see if you have some urological cause for these infections. It is always better to prevent a problem than to treat it. See a urologist to see if you can have a problem that can be remedied to get you off antibiotics. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Any recommendations for long term follow up for elderly woman hospitalized for UTI ? ?Low dose maintenance antibiotics ?Monthly testing?
Prevention measures: Daily cranberry juice or pill will help to prevent uti. However, if there is multiple uti, then there may be a kidney stone, tumor, incontinence, dryness of vaginia, bladder dysfunction or urethrea problem. Urology consultation is therefore recommended to prevent from having long term UTI problems. ...Read more
I have a UTI that won't go away i did a culture an it said ecoli my gyno gave me cipro didn't work.My urine still looks cloudy and soapy he told me to comeback he will put me on long term antibiotic?
What do you do to treat pseudomonas repeated UTI and weakened immune system due to long term antibiotic use?
Repeat UTI's: I would suggest you see a urologist to arrive at a diagnosis of what is causing your having repeat uti's. One of the causes is an anatomical problem of your urinary system. You will need a renal ultrasound and perhaps a xray of your kidneys, ureters and bladder. Have your urine cultured to make sure your doctor is giving you an effective antibiotic. How do you know your immune system is weak? ...Read more
What are pros & cons of long term antibiotics use to try to prevent UTI in elderly female with bladder prolapse.
Pros are it: Sometimes controls the problem( should get culture ; sensitivity before starting.) cons are developing allergy, loss of sensitivity to drug. ...Read more
I'm on long term keflex for reocurring uti. They found staph in urine, now on 7 day course antibiotics (alprim) what's staph how did I get it??
May be contamination: Staphylococcus species are commonly found from the skin. It is possible that contamination of the urine sample occurred. However, if you are continuing to have infections proven by cultures, then an evaluation to rule out anatomic abnormalities is needed. This included imaging to make sure the kidneys/ureters are normal and a cystoscopy to ensure the bladder is normal. Talk to a urologist ...Read more
Im on Alprim or Keflex for long term treatment for recurrent uti's. I usually have E. coli but sometimes staph?? I still get uti on my antibiotics!
Resistant UTI: Bacteria causing UTI vary widely in antibiotic susceptibility, and the more frequently UTIs recur or are treated, the higher the chance of an antibiotic-resistant infection. Resistance to both trimethoprim (Alrpim) and cephalexin (Keflex) isn't rare, especially after repeated treatmnt. You need a urine culture test with testing of the bug for the best antibiotic. See a doctor about it. Good luck! ...Read more
I have been on antibiotic for 1 1/2 days for severe uti. How long does it take for antibiotics to work?
Within a day: Great question. Since uti's are painful, effective therapy can alleviate this symptom within a day. However, other symptoms, depending on the severity of infection, may take up to a week (fever, malaise) or so to abate (eg.Flank pain).If symptoms smolder, inform your prescriber immedately- antibiotics may need to be adjusted. Hopefully, a urine culture was intially done to guide antibiotic choice. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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