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Which medication works best to treat urinary tract infections (UTIs)?

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Which medication and dose you get depends on whether your infection is complicated or uncomplicated.

“Uncomplicated” means your urinary tract is normal. “Complicated” means you have a disease or problem with your urinary tract. You could have a narrowing of your ureters, which are the tubes that carry urine from your kidneys to your bladder, a narrowing in the urethra which transports urine from the bladder out of the body or you might have a blockage like a kidney stone or an enlarged prostate (in men).

To treat a complicated infection, your doctor might prescribe a higher dose of antibiotics. If your UTI is severe or the infection is in your kidneys, you might need to be treated in a hospital or doctor's office with high-dose antibiotics you get through an IV.

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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