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Doctor insights on: Side Effects Of Urinary Tract Infection In Elderly

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I have a urinary tract infection and was prescribed Cipro. I’ve read scarey things about the side effects. Is there a good alternative?

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

Dr. Daniel Saurborn
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Infection (Definition)

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


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What are the best places to assess urinary tract infection in the elderly?

What are the best places to assess urinary tract infection in the elderly?

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

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Can you please explain why the elderly become disoriented when they have a urinary tract infection?

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

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Can a urinary tract infection cause someone elderly to lose his ability to speak?

Can a urinary tract infection cause someone elderly to lose his ability to speak?

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

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Might having a urinary tract infection cause an elderly person to lose his ability to speak and interact?

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

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What can I do about an urinary tract infection?

What can I do about an urinary tract infection?

C Dr 4 antibiotics: See your dr. Get urine tested asap, drink lots of water & take prescribed antibiotics.. ...Read more

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How do I know when my urinary tract infection is gone.

How do I know when my urinary tract infection is gone.

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

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What should I do about potential urinary tract infection?

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

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Could I get a urinary tract infection from a backyard lake?

Could I get a urinary tract infection from a backyard lake?

Unlikely: Only slight chance if the lake was severely contaminated in which case you probably would not go swimming there anyway. ...Read more

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My partner has a urinary tract infection, can I get it from her?

No: In most people, a UTI will not be communicable to a sexual partner. ...Read more

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I have a urinary tract infection and need some medicine to get well thanks?

I have a urinary tract infection and need some medicine to get well thanks?

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

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What are the symptoms of urinary tract infection in men and what should I take for it?

What are the symptoms of urinary tract infection in men and what should I take for it?

UTI: Pain or discomfort while urinating or foul odor can be signs of a uti. Your doctor can do a urinalysis and/or culture to assess for white cells and bacteria that might indicate an infection. Subsequently, if there, your doctor would then place you on an antibiotic. ...Read more

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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

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Can I take cystex for urinary tract infection?

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

Dr. Gary Sandler
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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


Dr. Adam Lewis
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Urinary (Definition)

Any subject, be it anatomy, physiology, or object pertaining to urine. For example: urinary tract (anatomy), urinary catheter (object), urinary ...Read more