Treat UTI more often with antibacterial medications. The type of medication and treatment duration depends on the type of bacterial.
Medications for UTI
Bladder infections, kidney infections, and other urinary tract infections are most commonly treating with antibacterial medications. The type of medication used, and the treatment duration depends on the type of bacteria.
Treat most UTIs with
- Trimethoprim-sulfamethoxazole (Bactrim®, Cotrim®, Septra®),
- Amoxicillin (e.g., Amoxil®, Trimox®),
- Fluoroquinolones (e.g., Levaquin®, Cipro®).
The infection symptom may start disappearing within a couple of days, but normally prescribe one to two weeks of medication to prevent any kidney infection.
UTIs caused by the bacteria such as chlamydia trachomatis and mycoplasma hominis require longer treatment duration with:
- Tetracycline (e.g., Achromycin®),
- Trimethoprim-sulfamethoxazole or doxycycline (e.g., Periostat®)
Kidney infections may require hospitalization and may even need a six weeks of antibiotic treatment to prevent any serious kidney damage.
Over-the-counter pain relievers (e.g., Tylenol®, Advil®) and a heating pad may use to relieve discomfort caused by UTI. Drinking plenty of water helps to cleanse bacteria out of the urinary tract. In addition, you should avoid coffee, alcohol, and smoking.