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Are there official recommendations for treating bladder infections?

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Dr. Dennis Higginbotham
Obstetrics & Gynecology
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In brief: Antibiotics / fluids

The usual treatment for a bladder infection is antibiotics (most often oral) and increased oral fluid intake.
A urine culture is often obtained before initiating antibiotics. When the culture result is available, it can confirm the infection and confirm that the antibiotic prescribed is appropriate - or guide the change to an effective antibiotic for the particular bacteria causing the infection.

In brief: Antibiotics / fluids

The usual treatment for a bladder infection is antibiotics (most often oral) and increased oral fluid intake.
A urine culture is often obtained before initiating antibiotics. When the culture result is available, it can confirm the infection and confirm that the antibiotic prescribed is appropriate - or guide the change to an effective antibiotic for the particular bacteria causing the infection.
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Dr. Howard Usitalo
While on antibiotics excessive fluid intake may dilute the antibiotic and reduce effectiveness Drink at least a quart with your regular diet
Dr. Lee Ann Roberts
Gynecology

In brief: Antibiotics

The recommended medications for cystitis (bladder infection) include macrobid, septra, and cipro (ciprofloxacin).
Some patients have success with acidifying their urine by drinking cranberry juice. If you get repeated, frequent bladder infections you may need to be evaluated by a urologist to see if there is any underlying contributing problem.

In brief: Antibiotics

The recommended medications for cystitis (bladder infection) include macrobid, septra, and cipro (ciprofloxacin).
Some patients have success with acidifying their urine by drinking cranberry juice. If you get repeated, frequent bladder infections you may need to be evaluated by a urologist to see if there is any underlying contributing problem.
Dr. Lee Ann Roberts
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