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Which antibiotics work best to treat urinary tract infections (UTIs)?

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Your doctor will take a urine sample to confirm that you have a UTI. Then, the lab will grow the germs in a dish for a couple of days to find out which type of bacteria you have. This is called a culture. It’ll tell your doctor what type of germs caused your infection. He’ll likely prescribe one of the following antibiotics to treat it before the culture comes back:

  • Amoxicillin
  • Augmentin
  • Ceftriaxone (Rocephin)
  • Cephalexin (Keflex)
  • Ciprofloxacin (Cipro)
  • Fosfomycin (Monurol)
  • Levofloxacin (Levaquin)
  • Nitrofurantoin (Macrodantin, Macrobid)
  • Trimethoprim/sulfamethoxazole (Bactrim, Septra)

SOURCES:

American Urological Association: "Adult UTI."

Choosing Wisely: "Antibiotics for Urinary Tract Infections in Older People."

Mayo Clinic: "Urinary tract infection (UTI): Symptoms." "Urinary tract infection (UTI): Tests and diagnosis." "Urinary tract infection (UTI): Treatments and Drugs."

Medscape: "Urinary Tract Infections in Pregnancy Treatment & Management."

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases: "Urinary Tract Infections (UTIs)."

U.S. National Library of Medicine: "Are Antibiotics Effective Against Acute Cystitis?"

Reviewed by Nazia Q Bandukwala on October 31, 2019

SOURCES:

American Urological Association: "Adult UTI."

Choosing Wisely: "Antibiotics for Urinary Tract Infections in Older People."

Mayo Clinic: "Urinary tract infection (UTI): Symptoms." "Urinary tract infection (UTI): Tests and diagnosis." "Urinary tract infection (UTI): Treatments and Drugs."

Medscape: "Urinary Tract Infections in Pregnancy Treatment & Management."

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases: "Urinary Tract Infections (UTIs)."

U.S. National Library of Medicine: "Are Antibiotics Effective Against Acute Cystitis?"

Reviewed by Nazia Q Bandukwala on October 31, 2019

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