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Side Effects Of Urinary Tract Infection In Elderly
I have a urinary tract infection and was prescribed Cipro. I’ve read scarey things about the side effects. Is there a good alternative?
Yes, several: The best drug is one that has a high cure rate for similar infections in your geographic area, minimal side effects, and is cost effective. Macrobid, Bactrim, Fosfomycin, and cephalexin are all reasonable alternatives. A urine culture is the best way to determine a good antibiotic choice, but cipro and its class aren’t recommended anymore unless you’ve no other reasonable alternative. ...Read more
Infections are invasions of some other organism (fungus, bacteria, parasite) or viruses into places where they do not belong. For instance, we have normal gut bacteria that live within us without causing problems; however, when those penetrate the bowel wall and enter the bloodstream, ...Read more
E. Coli: Similar to youngers.Get a more detailed answer ›
Dr's office/clinic: Urologists are experienced in working up patients with utis and can perform office cystoscopies (telescopic examination of bladder & urethra) geriatricians are experienced in taking care of the elderly. Interested internists & family practioners can also do a good job & refer to a urologist if necessary. Not an er. ...Read more
Can you please explain why the elderly become disoriented when they have a urinary tract infection?
Delirium: Older adults brains are susceptible tom any stressors including medical illness, medications, dehydration, etc. If one already has memory impairment, then there will be an increased risk for developing an acute change in mental status, or delirium. It is often multifactorial and a true medical emergency. ...Read more
Sepsis: Any infection can go into the blood stream or what is called sepsis. Severe infection may cause mental confusion and at times a stroke like symptoms. ...Read more
Might having a urinary tract infection cause an elderly person to lose his ability to speak and interact?
No: Not unless that infection spreads, becomes very severe and affects the parts of the brain controlling speech. This would be incredibly rare. ...Read more
I have not seen that happen.
Most people feel pressure and discomfort. ...Read more
I am experiencing chills. I been having a urinary tract infection over a week now. Last week I went to see my primary care doctor and he proscribed me ciprofloxacn of 500mg, and it did help but it only helps while the effects of the medication last?
Symptoms: Assuming you were given antibiotics, completion of the full course of antibiotics and resolution of the symptoms should indicate that the infection has cleared. If symptoms persist a repeat culture would be indicated ...Read more
Here are some. ..: If you're clinically suspecting UTI, the best course of care will be seeing Doc for reviewing Hx and testing urine with Rx to follow. If unavailable to see Doc soon, do AZO test to see if nitrite or / and WBC-esterase ia (are) present, drink more fluid including cranberry juice to enhance voiding and bladder emptying, and take phenazopyridine (pyridium) to ease irritative voiding Sx. See Doc. .. ...Read more
No: In most people, a UTI will not be communicable to a sexual partner. ...Read more
Antibiotics, water: If you have a urinary tract infection, you need an appt/consult with a doctor to prescribe antibiotics. In the meantime, increase your water intake. There have been some studies that suggest that cranberry juice helps prevent bacteria from causing these infections, so consider 100% cranberry juice (read the label -- many have other juices as well). ...Read more
What are the causes of a urinary tract infection and what kind of medicine can I take for the pain?
Multiple causes: Most urinary infections are bacterial. Some are ascending infections through the urethra, especially in women, other are due to seeding of the kidney through blood. Some urinary infections are prompted by obstruction to the flow of urine. The medicine needs to be tailored to the organism causing the infection and it is not a matter for self-care. Please see your doctor for proper antibiotic. ...Read more
No: You can take cystex to relieve the symptoms of a urinary tract infection but not necessarily the cause. It is designed to decrease symptoms UNTIL you get a chance to see your primary medical doctor. This medication is similar to pyridium, (phenazopyridine) for symptomatic relief, but does not turn your urine orange. ...Read more
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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