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Antibiotic Treatment for Urinary Tract Infections (UTI)

Updated: Jan 13, 2020

A urinary tract infection (UTI) occurs when bacteria (usually from the bowel) enters the urinary tract via the urethra. The bacteria can cause infection in the urethra, bladder or the kidneys which lead to symptoms that are often very painful and unpleasant. It can develop into a more serious infection if it is not treated as soon as possible.

Signs and symptoms:

Usually you would experience two or more of the following -

  • painful, burning sensation when urinating

  • urgency to urinate

  • urinating a lot more frequently

  • only passing small amount of urine

  • sensation of incomplete emptying after urinating

  • discomfort above pubic area

Treatments available in the pharmacy:

Our pharmacist can undergo a short consultation with you in a private consultation room to determine what treatment suits best or recommend that you visit your doctor.

  • Antibiotic: Pharmacist can give you a course of Trimethoprim tablets for 3 days without a prescription if you meet the criteria.

  • Urinary Alkalisers: Such as Ural sachets can help relieve the burning sensation when urinating. Also check with the pharmacist if you are on other medication as this may interact with this product.

  • Probiotics: Probiotics containing lactobacillus acidophilus can be beneficial for gastrointestinal health. It may also help reduce the rate of recurrence of UTIs in women prone to these infections.

When you might be referred to your doctor:

  • fever and hot or cold feeling

  • vomiting and feeling nauseous

  • pain on sides of lower back (over the kidney area)

  • smelly or cloudy urine

  • blood in urine

  • unusual vaginal discharge

  • feeling particularly unwell

Preventing UTIs:

  • drink plenty of water throughout the day to avoid dehydration

  • take time to empty your bladder as completely as possible every time you pass urine

  • go to the toilet as soon as you feel the need, do not hold on

  • wash and urinate after sexual activity to flush away any bacteria

  • wipe front to back after going to the toilet

  • wear cotton underpants

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