Antibiotics for UTI are still considered the main cure for urinary tract infections.
- They are highly effective (94% of UTI cases are effectively treated with antibiotics),
- they provide relatively fast treatment and relief, and
- A lot of the pills or tablets come relatively cheap.
However, in spite of being the most prevalent cure for UTI, there are still facts about antibiotics that you need to know.
Always finish the course
As already mentioned, urinary tract infection antibiotics work fairly fast, and often you will no longer have difficulty urinating by the time the second dose rolls around. However, just because the symptoms have stopped doesn’t mean that you can set aside the rest of your prescribed UTI antibiotics.
Make sure to complete the full course that you are given to completely get rid of the bacteria. Stopping midway can cause the infection to come back, and in a stronger form too!
Avoid prolonged use
Most antibiotic courses take between three to seven days for the treatment of UTI. There are two main reasons why you cannot take these for a longer period of time.
First, bacteria may learn to resist the antibiotics, and eventually evolve into different strains that the medication won’t have any effects on.
Second, urinary tract infection antibiotics do not know how to tell the difference between the bad bacteria and the good bacteria. Prolonged use will kill off the good bacteria that your body needs, causing further illness.
Different types of antibiotics
Another important thing to note is that there are actually different kinds of antibiotics for urinary tract infection.
- Trimethoprim-sulfamethoxazole (TMP-SMX) are usually taken as a three-day course, although less effective one-day doses are also available. TMP-SMX may cause allergic reactions and can interfere with the effects of oral contraceptives.
- Fluoroquinolones work by preventing bacteria from multiplying. These are alternatives used to treat bacteria that are resistant to TMP-SMX. However, fluoroquinolones are more expensive, and are not recommended for pregnant or nursing women, and children.
- Tetracyclines, like doxycycline, tetracycline, and minocycline, treat infections caused by mycoplasma and Chlamydia.
- Beta-lactams, like penicillins and cephalosporins, and are used as the standard antibiotics for urinary tract infections. Some beta-lactams are ineffective against E. coli, the bacteria that causes many kinds of UTI.
- Aminoglycosides, like tobramycin, amikacin, and gentamicin, are usually applied intravenously, and are used for more severe cases of infection.
Only use as a last resort
To protect your immune system and prevent future UTI’s these medications should be used as a last resort. They should only be used after you have tried natural remedies – like the ones mentioned in the UTI Report. Also, when taking any antibiotics for UTI you should make sure to follow the strict instructions of your doctor. This will maximize the effectiveness of the medicine and prevent any side effects.