Uti Antibiotic Treatment

UTI is a common ailment that many people suffer from. It affects men, women and children. It also affects the elderly people. UTI is a bacterial infection affecting the urinary tract and is more common among pregnant women and children.

Bacteria enter the bladder through the urinary tract and get multiplied there, thus causing the urinary tract infection. The common remedy suggested by doctors for UTI is a course of antibiotic treatment.

The diagnosis for uti is through urine analysis or urine culture. Initially urine analysis is suggested and if the case is complicated like uti during pregnancy, uti immediately after hospitalization etc urine culture is recommended.

Urine culture done along with sensitivity test suggests the appropriate antibiotic for the particular infection.Uti antibiotic treatment is usually recommended by the doctors.

There are many antibiotics available for uti and the choice of the medicine depends on whether the infection is complicated, recurrent or primary.

The bacteria count should be taken and analyzed based on the particular case. For e.g. in the case of a woman, irrespective of the bacterial count, if the patient experiences symptoms then treatment should be pursued.

Some of the specific antibiotics available for UTI treatment are Amoxicillin, TMP-SMX, Fluoroquinolones or quinolones, Nitrofurantoin etc.

Amoxicillin dosage for 10 days was the typical treatment for UTI until recently. Of late, it has been found ineffective in a small percentage of cases where the infection is caused by e.coli bacteria.

TMP-SMX or the combination drug called trimethoprim-sulfamethoxazole is prescribed for three days in most cases of UTI. This drug is effective but it should be carefully administered.

Some patients can be allergic to this drug and the reactions can be serious. It also has some side effects and so careful consideration is better before using this drug

Fluoroquinolones or quinolones are very effective in cases where the patient is allergic to TMP-SMX. These drugs are very effective against many kinds of infections but are generally expensive compared to those.

One point of care is that this should not be used by pregnant women.Other kinds of UTI antibiotic treatment are available with the doctors. There are specific drugs for serious cases or cases where the patient is allergic to certain drugs.

It is better to contact a doctor at the first sign of the infection and follow the doctor’s advice with respect to the drugs, dosage and the time of treatment. Another point to keep in mind is that antibiotics tend to have side effects.


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