Urinary tract infections (also known as UTI) can cause extreme pain, and you may be willing to try anything to stop the pain. Many people turn to antibiotics for UTI and here we will analyze the pros and cons of that decision.
First of all, if you think that you have a urinary tract infection, you should see a doctor immediately. A UTI is not like a simple cold, it will not just go away by itself, and as time passes can only get worse. If you leave it untreated, the infection can expand to your ureters and kidneys. You obviously do not want the bacteria to get that far, because it could cause serious problems if that happens.
Unfortunately, problems always seem to strike on the weekends, holidays or later in the day/night when your doctor is not available. If you are not able to get to a doctor very soon, then a way that you can temporarily cease the pain is by taking certain pain killers created specially for urinary tract infections. These are available in pharmacies and grocery stores without prescriptions. You may realize that there are tons of different brands and they all contain similar ingredients. The most popular of these is AZO Urinary Pain Relief Tablets.
However, you should be informed that there are some side effects for these medications, some which can be as bad as a UTI itself! A such example is a person who tried the Uristat medication out of pure desperation: They reported that they felt extremely nauseated with a huge urge to vomit. Although, they DID report that UTI pain disappeared, and that most people they’ve spoken with do not experience these side effects. So these medication may be worth a try if you don’t mind risking some side mild – high side affects.
No matter what you do, you definitely do NOT want to use “all-in-one” pain killers like Tylenol or Advil. They might advertise that they work on anything, but they have no effect on urinary tract infection pain. They don’t make you feel worse, but they certainly do not make you feel any better. Consuming medication you don’t need is absolutely not good for you. Stick to those medications designed for urinary tract pain, such as the previously mentioned AZO Urinary Pain Relief Tablets, until you can see a doctor.