Question: My Doctor Has Prescribed Antibiotics AGAIN for A UTI – Isn’t There Any Way to End This Vicious Cycle?

Pharmacist’s Perspective

It’s an all-too-common scenario at the pharmacy counter, this customer is back for another antibiotic. She requests to speak with the pharmacist, and I can see the frustration written all over her face at the thought of another 10 day round of antibiotics.

Upon reviewing her medication profile, I can see that the doctor is prescribing something “stronger” this time around. It’s her third antibiotic this year, and I can see that this is taking a toll on her.

As she’s picking up her medication, she asks “Is there anything I could take to stop these UTIs all together?”. These types of questions come up quite frequently, I’ve noticed a general shift from prescribed medications to preventative natural products. Before making any recommendations, I like to inquire about “What have you tried in the past?”.

More often than not I hear stories about drinking cranberry juice every day, or increasing water intake. Both of which are generally healthy things to do, but won’t produce the desired outcome of less frequent UTIs.

In my practice I counsel my patients to take the antibiotic as prescribed. But in addition, I also tell them that they should also start taking D-Mannose concurrently. They will likely finish the antibiotic first, but they should continue to take the D-Mannose until the jar is empty. The next step is to start Cranberry Plus immediately, because that will prevent further infections.

I’ve seen this course of therapy work extremely well for my patients. You can be both a patient that takes medication and natural supplements, it doesn’t have to be an “either” “or” situation. However, once the infection is cleared, I always advise to continue on the natural route!

Linda Dumas, Doctor of Pharmacy, has over 12 years of Practical Pharmacy experience and leadership. After successfully managing three pharmacies for two major corporations, she founded Apothea, a pharmaceutical consulting company providing marketing support to a variety of clients.  Her passions include; empowering patients, serving the public, and approaching pharmaceutical topics from a friendly and nurturing perspective.