Antibiotic Treatment for UTIs
If you’re taking antibiotics, you should know what they are and how they work. And you have the right to ask your doctor for more information before taking them.
Antibiotics are medications used to fight infections caused by bacteria. They treat infections by killing and/or decreasing the growth of bacteria. They attack the wall or coating surrounding the bacteria and interfere with bacteria reproduction.
Fact – Antibiotics Are Less Effective For UTI’s Today
If you’re diagnosed with a UTI, most doctors will prescribe antibiotics for 3-5 days, during which time it is assumed that they will kill all the bacteria in your bladder. This is no longer the case.
Approximately 40% of all women treated with antibiotics for a UTI will be back in the doctor’s office again within a month with another infection. This is due to the “antibiotics resistance crisis” which is well documented by the CDC and is due to several factors:
- overprescribing of antibiotics by medical professionals;
- bacterial evolution which has allowed them to evade antibiotics by hiding in slimy sacs called biofilms and mutating there, causing continuous infections; and
- ESBL enzymes produced by gram-negative bacteria such as E Coli, which are resistant to the most common antibiotics.
Fact – The Antibiotics Crisis Is Only Getting Worse For UTI Sufferers
In a Kaiser Health News article published in August 2022 contained this warning: “Forget COVID-19, monkeypox and other viruses for the moment and consider another threat troubling infectious disease specialists: common urinary tract infections, or UTIs, that lead to emergency room visits and even hospitalizations because of the failure of oral antibiotics.”
The bottom line is that pharmaceutical companies do not see sufficient profit potential in developing new antibiotics, and the few who have tried to get approvals for new medicines have been turned down by the FDA. A few senators are trying to get government funding under a new “PASTEUR” program, but this is likely to take years.