Studies prove antibiotics are effective in treating urinary tract infection

Studies prove antibiotics are effective in treating urinary tract infection


July 26, 2011


People who take cranberry capsule to deal with their urinary tract infection can look at antibiotics to deal with the problem. According to a report in Reuters, a recent study conducted in Netherlands has proved that antibiotics are better than cranberry capsules if you want to prevent the recurrence of urinary tract infection.

Most people believe that cranberry capsules are best for treating Urinary Tract Infection but intensive studies have shown that mixed results on the effectiveness of these capsules.

The study in Netherland was conducted on 221 premenopausal women who had suffered at least 3 urinary tract infections in the past year. The study was led by Dr. Marielle Beerepoot of Amsterdam’s Academic Medical. To study the effects of cranberry and antibiotics, women were asked to take cranberry capsules and antibiotic trimethoprim-sulfamethoxazole every day.

It was found that women who took antibiotics had fewer urinary tract infections when compared to women who took cranberry capsules. In some cases, women who took antibiotics had 50 percent less urinary tract infection than the group that took cranberry capsules. However, women who took antibiotics also built resistance to the antibiotic which means that their body will not respond to the drug if it was needed for some other infection.

According to experts, many people still prefer taking cranberry capsules over antibiotics even if they known that it is not as effective as antibiotics. This is because it is natural and has fewer side effects when compared to antibiotics.

Category: Health News, Health Problems, Urinary Tract Infection

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