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

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

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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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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What over the counter treatments are there for urinary tract infections?

What over the counter treatments are there for urinary tract infections?

None...: Do you really have UTIs? If so, is it diagnosed by urinary symptoms (Sx) alone or by Sx + urinalysis/ urine culture? There has been no OTC antibiotics for UTI, but nowadays, the OTC pill containing cranberry extract has been touted to suppress UTI-related bugs, and phenazopyridine-containing pill may help sooth urinary irritation. So, no real antibiotics avails for UTI in the US. ...Read more

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Over the counter UTI medicine just doesn't work. The only time it ever helps is if I go to the hospital. I do not have health insurance. Suggestions?

Over the counter UTI medicine just doesn't work. The only time it ever helps is if I go to the hospital. I do not have health insurance. Suggestions?

UTI: So you are having repeated UTIs? For prevention, do the following: Drink 4oz/day of cranberry or blueberry juice, Drink lots of water, wear cotton underwear only, wipe front to back,after sex urinate soon, cut caffeine/alcohol. If you have a UTI, some pharmacists can actually prescribe an antibiotic but seeing a physician is best. There are minimally expensive clinics in most areas. ...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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I believe I have a UTI. What can I take over the counter that will shorten the duration, and ease my side and back pain?

I  believe I have a UTI. What can I take over the counter that will shorten the duration, and ease my side and back pain?

Don't do it!: It would be dangerous to continue trying to manage this yourself. You need to see a doctor and, if the diagnosis is confirmed, an antibiotic by prescription. Back and side pain suggest the UTI involves your kidney (pyelonephritis), which will not clear up without antibiotics and could be extremely serious, even fatal. There are no OTC drugs that will help this. See a doctor ASAP! ...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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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