The most common misconception is that there’s one type of bladder infection -the one caused by the infamous E-Coli bacteria. That’s not exactly correct. It’s true that about 80% of bladder infections are caused by E-Coli bacteria, which means that 20% of patients will have some other bacterial infection.

Here is the official list of the types of bacteria which cause bladder infections, according to the National Institutes of Health:

  • Most common: Escherichia coli (E-Coli)
  • Less common: Staphylococcus saprophyticus, Proteusspecies, Klebsiella species, Enterococcus faecalis, other Enterobacteriaceae

Also, your UTI will either be “uncomplicated”, which means that your urinary tract is normal; or “complicated”, which means there is a problem with your urinary tract, such as a blockage from kidney stones or an enlarged prostate (in men). The majority of UTIs are uncomplicated.

Not All Antibiotics Are Equally Effective

The medication and dose that will be recommended depends on the type of bacteria and whether it is complicated or not. So, it’s really important to ask your doctor for clarification on both of these items.

Below is a chart of the most frequently recommended antibiotics for uncomplicated and complicated E-Coli UTIs.

However, research shows that these drugs have varying levels of effectiveness in eradicating the bacteria. The higher the “bacteria sensitivity” the better the antibiotic will work to destroy the bacteria. So nitrofurantoin (Macrobid or Macrodantin brand names) is the most effective antibiotic and trimethoprim (Bactrim brand name) is the least effective.

Source: National Institutes of Health Publication:


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Treatment Tip

So, what can you do if the doctor has diagnosed this as an uncomplicated E-Coli UTI, but the prescribed antibiotic did not work?

A natural supplement known as D-Mannose is now widely recognized by doctors as an effective alternative to antibiotics. According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH) website: A clinical trial among 308 women which compared D-Mannose to the antibiotic Nitrofurantoin for effectiveness showed that D-Mannose had the lowest percentage of recurrence and significantly lower risk of side effects compared to the antibiotic.

Sold under the brand name Goodbye UTI, this 100% pure D-Mannose powder provides fast relief for an active E-Coli UTI and, if taken daily, will protect the urinary tract against recurring infections. Formulated under the strict supervision of a Doctor of Pharmacy in GA, UTI sufferers can trust the quality and safety of this product.

NOTE: Goodbye UTI is not effective against the other less common bacteria listed above.