Infections

Urinary tract infection

(UTI)

  • Also known as
  • Bladder infection

About Urinary tract infection

The urinary system is the body's drainage system for removing wastes and extra water. It includes two kidneys, two ureters, a bladder, and a urethra. Urinary tract infections (UTIs) are the second most common type of infection in the body.

You may have a UTI if you notice

  • Pain or burning when you urinate
  • Fever, tiredness or shakiness
  • An urge to urinate often
  • Pressure in your lower belly
  • Urine that smells bad or looks cloudy or reddish
  • Pain in your back or side below the ribs

People of any age or sex can get UTIs. But about four times as many women get UTIs as men. You're also at higher risk if you have diabetes, need a tube to drain your bladder, or have a spinal cord injury.

If you think you have a UTI it is important to see your doctor. Your doctor can tell if you have a UTI with a urine test. Treatment is with antibiotics.

NIH: National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases

Symptoms of Urinary tract infection
  • Pain or burning with urination
  • An urge to urinate often
  • Fever
  • Tiredness or shakiness
  • Pressure in your lower belly
  • Urine that smells bad or looks cloudy or reddish
  • Pain in your back or side below the ribs

Top Medications for Urinary tract infection according to our users

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All Medications for Urinary tract infection

  • Augmentin
    (amoxicillin / clavulanate)
    Prescription only

    Augmentin (amoxicillin / clavulanate) is first-choice antibiotic for most common types of infections. However, it may not work against more serious or uncommon types of infections.

    • Available dosage forms:
    • Pill
    • Chewable tablet
    • Extended release
    • Liquid
  • Bactrim
    (sulfamethoxazole / trimethoprim)
    Prescription only

    Bactrim (sulfamethoxazole / trimethoprim) is good for treating many bacterial infections and is available as a generic. However, you can be more likely to sunburn.

    • Available dosage forms:
    • Pill
    • Liquid
  • Ceclor
    (cefaclor)
    Prescription only

    Ceclor (cefaclor) is good for treating many bacterial infections, but be sure to take the full course without stopping so that the medicine can work.

    • Available dosage forms:
    • Pill
    • Extended release
    • Liquid
  • cefazolin
    Prescription only

    Ancef (cefazolin) is only available as an injectable, so it is usually only used in the hospital. It's good for treating many bacterial infections.

    • Available dosage forms:
    • Injection
  • cefotaxime
    Prescription only

    Claforan (cefotaxime) is good for treating many bacterial infections, but it is only available as an injectable, so it is usually only used in the hospital.

    • Available dosage forms:
    • Injection
  • Ceftin
    (cefuroxime axetil)
    Prescription only

    Ceftin (cefuroxime axetil) is good for treating many bacterial infections, but be sure to take the full course without stopping so that the medication can work.

    • Available dosage forms:
    • Pill
    • Oral suspension
    • Injection
  • ceftriaxone
    Prescription only

    Rocephin (ceftriaxone) is good for treating many bacterial infections, but it is only available as an injectable, so it is usually only used in a hospital or doctor's office.

    • Available dosage forms:
    • Injection
  • Cipro
    (ciprofloxacin)
    Prescription only

    Cipro (ciprofloxacin) is a good, cheap antibiotic that treats many types of bacterial infections, but it interacts with some food and drugs.

    • Available dosage forms:
    • Pill
    • Liquid
    • Injection
    • Extended release pill
  • doxycycline
    Prescription only

    Vibramycin (doxycycline) is good for treating many bacterial infections, but can increase your skin's sensitivity to sunlight and make you more likely to get a sunburn or rash.

    • Available dosage forms:
    • Pill
    • Delayed release pill
    • Liquid
  • Invanz
    (ertapenem)
    Prescription only

    Invanz (ertapenem) is an antibiotic that's usually only given in hospital for serious infections.

    • Available dosage forms:
    • Injection
  • Keflex
    (cephalexin)
    Prescription only

    Keflex (cephalexin) is good for treating many bacterial infections, and is available as a generic.

    • Available dosage forms:
    • Pill
    • Liquid
  • Levaquin
    (levofloxacin)
    Prescription only

    Levaquin (levofloxacin) effectively treats different types of bacterial infections, but it is relatively more expensive than some of its alternatives.

    • Available dosage forms:
    • Pill
    • Liquid
  • Minocycline
    Prescription only

    Solodyn (Minocycline) is an effective way to treat certain skin infections, acne, and rosacea, but you'll need to use barrier methods of birth control since it can make birth control pills less effective and cause birth defects.

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    • Available dosage forms:
    • Pill
    • Extended release
    • Extended release capsule
  • Monurol
    (fosfomycin)
    Prescription only

    Monurol (fosfomycin) is a good antibiotic for treating urinary tract infections.

    • Available dosage forms:
    • Powder for solution
  • Nitrofurantoin
    Prescription only

    Macrobid (Nitrofurantoin) works best in young, otherwise healthy females. It shouldn't be used by children, the elderly, or people with kidney problems.

    • Available dosage forms:
    • Pill
    • Liquid
  • Tetracycline
    Prescription only

    Acnecycline (Tetracycline) treats many different types of infections and is cheap, but dosing and drug interactions may be somewhat of a hassle.

    • Available dosage forms:
    • Pill
    • Cream, gel, or ointment
  • trimethoprim
    Prescription only

    Primsol (trimethoprim) is good for ear infections and urinary tract infections, but you might have more side effects compared to other available antibiotics.

    • Available dosage forms:
    • Pill
    • Liquid
  • Vantin
    (cefpodoxime)
    Prescription only

    Vantin (cefpodoxime) is good for treating many bacterial infections and it works best if you take the full course without stopping.

    • Available dosage forms:
    • Pill
    • Liquid
  • Omnicef
    (cefdinir)
    Prescription only

    Omnicef (cefdinir) is good for treating many common bacterial infections.

    • Available dosage forms:
    • Pill
    • Liquid
  • Nitrofurantoin
    Prescription only

    Macrobid (Nitrofurantoin) works best in young, otherwise healthy females. It shouldn't be used by children, the elderly, or people with kidney problems.

    • Available dosage forms:
    • Pill
    • Liquid

Medication side effects for Urinary tract infection

These are some of the most common side effects from clinical trials for Diarrhea.

  • Cipro: 2%
  • Ceclor: 9%
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At this end, no one is expected to have Diarrhea

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At this end, almost everyone is expected to have Diarrhea

Tips, success stories, and coping strategies for Urinary tract infection

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