Urinary Tract Infection in Miami, Florida (FL)
Your urologist will treat your urinary tract infection (UTI)
according to the severity of your symptoms. Antibiotics are the primary
course of treatment for UTI and are taken over the course of 3 to 14
days. There are several types of antibiotics available.
Antibiotics for Urinary Tract InfectionsTrimethoprim
is one of the most commonly prescribed antibiotics for UTI. As one of
the strongest antibiotics, it is generally taken over the course of 3
days. Otherwise-healthy adults tolerate this medication well with few
Nitrofurantoin is the next most
commonly given antibiotic for UTI. It is generally taken over the course
of 7 days and is counter-indicated for patients with kidney disease.
is often given for upper urinary tract infections which begin in the
ureters or kidneys, and is usually prescribed over the course of seven
to 10 days.
Penicillin or amoxicillin
is usually selected as a last choice because of the possibility of
penicillin-resistance bacteria. As such, penicillin is effective only
about 50% of the time. Nevertheless penicillin may be prescribed if
other antibiotics have been ineffective.
Treatment for Recurrent UTI
recurrent UTIs your doctor may recommend further testing to determine
the cause. Your doctor may recommend stronger doses of antibiotics or a
longer course of treatment.
If your symptoms are particularly
distressing, your doctor may give you phenazopyridine (Pyridium) in
addition to an antibiotic. Pyridium helps ease the discomfort. It is to
be taken only up to two days, and may turn your urine temporarily
Speak to your doctor to determine what course of treatment is right for you.
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