UTI treatments

There are different treatments available for UTIs that work in different ways or at different stages. It’s important to understand the place for each.

When you have symptoms of a UTI

While taking treatments for a UTI, remember to drink plenty of water and empty your bladder fully each time you go to the toilet.

Antibiotics

The standard treatment your doctor may prescribe when you see them about a UTI is a course of antibiotics. These are generally quite effective in treating the cause of a UTI by killing the bacteria that are causing your symptoms.

Urinary alkalinisers

These treatments are used to relieve the painful symptoms of a UTI only. They work by raising the pH (making it more alkaline), thereby making urine more comfortable to pass. They will not treat the underlying cause of a UTI or prevent recurrent UTIs.

To prevent recurrent UTIs

While taking treatments for a UTI, remember to drink plenty of water and empty your bladder fully each time you go to the toilet.

Antibiotics

If you experience recurrent UTIs, your doctor may consider antibiotics to help prevent the next UTI. However, they may consider other options as frequent use of antibiotics has the potential to make bacteria resistant, so alternatives for preventing recurrent UTIs are becoming important.

Cranberry and natural remedies

There is some research that shows cranberry-containing products may help to prevent UTIs by lowering the ability of E. coli to stick to the urinary tract lining. However only a small potential benefit has been demonstrated and the current clinical trial evidence does not support the use of cranberry-containing products for the prevention of UTIs.

Antibacterials

Hiprex is an antibacterial that is used to prevent recurrent UTIs. This means it helps create an environment that prevents the growth of bacteria in the urinary tract. Hiprex should be started after successful treatment of a UTI.