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

  • Antibiotic > Penicillin

    • Amoxicillin
      Prescription only

      Amoxil (Amoxicillin) is a good and cheap antibiotic to treat many types of bacterial infections. However, many bacteria are resistant to this medication.

      • Available dosage forms:
      • Pill
      • Chewable tablet
      • Liquid
    • Augmentin
      (Amoxicillin / Clavulanate)
      Prescription only

      Augmentin (Amoxicillin / Clavulanate) is good for treating many bacterial infections and is available as generic. However, it will make birth control pills less effective. It also has to be taken with food since it can cause an upset stomach.

      • Available dosage forms:
      • Pill
      • Chewable tablet
      • Extended release
      • Liquid
  • Antibiotic > Sulfonamide

  • Antibiotic > Fluoroquinolone

    • Cipro
      (Ciprofloxacin)
      Prescription only

      Cipro (Ciprofloxacin) is a good and cheap antibiotic to treat many types of bacterial infections. However, you have to reduce your caffeine intake, and have to protect yourself from the sun.

      • Available dosage forms:
      • Pill
      • Extended release
      • Infusion (IV)
    • Levaquin
      (Levofloxacin)
      Prescription only

      Levaquin (Levofloxacin) is good for treating many bacterial infections and is available as generic. However, it can cause damage to your tendons, and make your skin more sensitive to the sun.

      • Available dosage forms:
      • Pill
      • Liquid
  • Antibiotic > Tetracycline

    • Doxycycline
      Prescription only

      Vibramycin (Doxycycline) is good for treating many bacterial infections. It is also available as generic. However, it can make birth control pills less effective. You also have to protect yourself against sunburn.

      • Available dosage forms:
      • Pill
      • Delayed release capsule
      • 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
  • Antibiotic > Cephalosporin

    • Keflex
      (Cephalexin)
      Prescription only

      Keflex (Cephalexin) is good for treating many bacterial infections and is available as generic. However, if you are on medications to thin your blood, you can be more likely to bleed.

      • Available dosage forms:
      • Pill
      • Powder for oral suspension
  • Acne agent > Antibiotic

    • 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

Medication side effects for Urinary tract infection

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

  • Amoxicillin: 1%
  • Augmentin: 7%
  • Cipro: 13%
0 of 100

At this end, no one is expected to have nausea

100 of 100

At this end, almost everyone is expected to have nausea

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  • Drink lots of water