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What over-the-counter drugs can someone take for a uti?

What over-the-counter drugs can someone take for a uti?

Not much: Uti is a bacteridl infection requiring prescription strenth antibiotics. Cranberry juice cn sometimes help prevent but once you have an infection most likely you would need antibiotics. ...Read more

Urinary Tract Infection (Definition)

A urinary tract infection, also known as an UTI, may involve the kidney, ureter, bladder, or urethra. A common cause is an intestinal bacteria, E. coli. Common symptoms include a frequent urge to urinate, and pain or burning when urinating. Antibiotics are typically ...Read more


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What can I take over-the-counter for a uti?

What can I take over-the-counter for a uti?

OVER THE COUNTER UTI: Urinary tract infections are caused by bacteria and are best treated with prescription antibiotics.But you can use two over the counter products and more fluids and cranberry juice.One product is cytex which contains metamamine a urinary antiseptic and sodium salicylate which helps with the pain, and second is azoor uristat (phenazopyridine) which is phanazopyridine which may colour your urine orange/red, so no alarm. ...Read more

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What are the best over-the-counter products for a uti?

What are the best over-the-counter products for a uti?

None: A UTI is a bacterial infection and you will need to see your doctor and get an antibiotic if it is an infection. ...Read more

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Can there be anything over-the-counter that helps with a uti?

Bladder Analgesics: With a uti, most women experience urgency/frequency of urination, burning with and sometimes after going, as well as bladder pain. Once an infection has been established, the best treatments in addition to antibiotics are elimination of bladder irritants, such as caffeine, spicy or acidic foods, alcohol and carbonation. Otc azostandard or other phenazopyridium based med soothes the burning. ...Read more

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Really bad UTI and over-the-counter stuff not helping. Is there anything better that can be prescribed?

Really bad UTI and over-the-counter stuff not helping. Is there anything better that can be prescribed?

Diagnosis First: As there may be other causes, your pcp should test your urine with a dipstick and possibly culture. As your requested, there are many brief and well tolerated prescription medications that are helpful including bactrim (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim). ...Read more

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Do UTI always need antiobiotics? Is there over-the-counter medicine? Is there another way? Antiobiotics makes me really sick.

Yes they do: There are many different antibiotics. Many irritate the stomach, but, have you tried all the antibiotics used? Some came have nausea effects minimized. For instance Macrodantin should be taken with food or milk, yogurt can help between taking Amoxicillin or augmentin (amoxicillin and clavulanate). Trimethoprim without sulfa may not make a person sick whilst Bactrim does. Suggest you discuss with your dr. ...Read more

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Please tell me if there is an over-the-counter effective treatment for a uti?

No: Otc treatments for uti's are generally to help with symptoms. Treatment for eradication of the infection is accomplished by a physician prescribing an anti-infective for the uti. ...Read more

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Help! need to know if there's an over-the-counter effective treatment for a uti?

Help! need to know if there's an over-the-counter effective treatment for a uti?

No: Otc treatments for uti's are generally to help with symptoms. Treatment for eradication of the infection is accomplished by a physician prescribing an anti-infective for the uti. ...Read more

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Are over-the-counter UTI test strips as accurate as the one done in the doctors office?

Are over-the-counter UTI  test strips as accurate as the one done in the doctors office?

Yes and no: Otc strips show products that are present with red cells, white cells and bacteria. They don't actually show infection or blood. To do this they need to do a cell count and culture and that has to be sent out. The otc strips are similar and when they are positive they are suggestive of uti. Be careful, blood in urine alone can be stone or bladder cancer. Get it checked. ...Read more

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Urinary Tract Infections (Definition)

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