Is there an over-the-counter medication for UTI?


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Over-the-counter medications for urinary tract infections include Azo Urinary Pain Relief and Uristat. While the medications provide temporary relief of urinary pain, burning and urgency, a prescription antibiotic may be needed to eliminate the infection.

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Commonly prescribed antibiotics include ciprofloxacin, fosfomycin, levofloxacin, nitrofurantoin and trimethoprim-sulfamethoxazole, according to 'UpToDate' health experts.

Evidence suggests that components of cranberry juice may help prevent urinary tract infections by preventing bacteria from clinging to the walls of the urinary tract, according to the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health.

Primary causes of urinary tract infections include diabetes, recent bladder and kidney infections, frequent sex or sex with a new partner and use of spermicidal birth control.

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