Treatments for Urinary Tract Infections

Antibiotic treatment is necessary when you have a urinary tract infection or UTI. While you may feel better using one of the alternatives listed below, or after taking only part of your antibiotic prescription, it's important that you take the full prescribed treatment to assure that your UTI is completely gone to reduce your risk of recurrent UTIs.

Alternative Urinary Tract Infections Treatments

  • Cranberry juice often helps to reduce frequency of bladder infections - cranberry herbal supplements are available over-the-counter and many women find they work amazingly quickly when an UTI has occurred, however, a physician's diagnosis is still necessary even if cranberry juice or herbals reduce pain or symptoms.
  • Azo-Standard is available OTC and often relieves the pain associated with urinary tract infections; however it does not cure the underlying infection and you must see your health care provider for traditional treatment.
  • Some doctors recommend taking 500 IU Vitamin C daily as soon as you notice any sign of UTI to lessen the severity of your infection.

Source:

Urinary Tract Infection. Medline Plus. http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/000521.htm. Accessed 08/24/2009.

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