Recurring bladder Infections: What can I do?

Posted by erlinda2003 @erlinda2003, Aug 22, 2020

I have a reacquiring bladder infection as soon as antibiotics are completed then not long after it starts again What can I do ?

@mef46

I too have frequent UTIs. Thanks so much everyone for the many suggestions and links! I have had so many antibiotics over the years (I’m 73), so this is an issue too. Therefore, I have developed sensitivities and some allergies to most antibiotics.

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Are you diabetic? Have you used D-Monnose?

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I don't know if I have ever asked this question before on this forum but, has anyone ever heard of the Urovax or Uromune vaccine for UTI's?

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@jmaa

I don't know. It is a simple sugar and I think the dosage without infection is half a teaspoon a day and 1 teaspoon a day if there is infection. There is a question section for the product on Amazon where you can ask. I found the reviews very helpful on how to use, too. Even though I don't get infections anymore, I take 1 teaspoon daily in 4 oz water at noon just to be on the safe side. I use the product that comes in a white bag with orange person on it. It was life changing for me.

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Do you know if this D-Manose interacts with prescription meds

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D-Mannose does not have any drug interactions. I don't think that diabetics can use it though.

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@fotula

D-Mannose does not have any drug interactions. I don't think that diabetics can use it though.

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@fotula
Why not just eat fruit that contains high amounts of it. Some people with diabetes may not be familiar with it but know how much fruit they can safely eat.
There are always going to be those people out there who think if a little bits good a whole lot more is better and it's those people who may end up with kidney damage. And then you always have the problem of it not being regulated. But if taken responsibly I agree it is relatively safe.
Take care,
Jake

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I take cranberry pills every day, use craisins and drink cranberry juice occasionally. I also love making cranberry sauce.We eat canned cranberry sauce, both kinds. Doing all these things and I have had zero bladder infections in 20+ years!

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@rosemariewalters

Do you know if this D-Manose interacts with prescription meds

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Hi @rosemariewalters, welcome to Mayo Clinic Connect. You are wise to ask about possible drug interactions when starting a supplement. High doses of D-mannose may cause kidney damage. D-mannose is a form of sugar and may not be recommended for some people, especially people who have diabetes. Always tell your doctor about any supplements you are taking, including natural ones and those bought without a prescription. That way, your doctor can check on any potential side effects or interactions with any medications. A pharmacist is also a great resource for such questions. They can look up the medications you take and make you aware of any possible drug interactions.

Rose-Marie, are frequent urinary tracts infections something you have to deal with?

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@jmaa

Take D-mannose, can get at Amazon (read reviews). Effective, safe, inexpensive! It totally solved my infections.

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Is D-mannose taken to prevent UTIs or take when you have a full blown infection? If so, shouldn't an antibiotic be taken to clear the infection and then take D-mannose to prevent infections in the future? Thanks.

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@colleenyoung

Hi @rosemariewalters, welcome to Mayo Clinic Connect. You are wise to ask about possible drug interactions when starting a supplement. High doses of D-mannose may cause kidney damage. D-mannose is a form of sugar and may not be recommended for some people, especially people who have diabetes. Always tell your doctor about any supplements you are taking, including natural ones and those bought without a prescription. That way, your doctor can check on any potential side effects or interactions with any medications. A pharmacist is also a great resource for such questions. They can look up the medications you take and make you aware of any possible drug interactions.

Rose-Marie, are frequent urinary tracts infections something you have to deal with?

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Yes, I get them almost one right after the other. And I think the antibiotics are no longer working, plus the side effects are awful. Can you recommend one that has the least side effects? Thank you very much. And I appreciate your response regarding supplements. I. take vit D, calcium and a multi vit.

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@rosemariewalters

Is D-mannose taken to prevent UTIs or take when you have a full blown infection? If so, shouldn't an antibiotic be taken to clear the infection and then take D-mannose to prevent infections in the future? Thanks.

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@rosemariewalters, here is an article that helps explain more about D-mannose.
– Can D-Mannose Treat or Prevent UTIs? https://www.healthline.com/health/d-mannose-for-uti

People have used it both for prevention and treatment of urinary tract infection. But you're quite right that antibiotic still play an important role in clearing UTI infections. Although D-mannose might help treat a UTI for some people, it’s important to follow medically proven methods of treatment to prevent the development of a more serious infection. As always, consult with your doctor.

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@colleenyoung

Hi @rosemariewalters, welcome to Mayo Clinic Connect. You are wise to ask about possible drug interactions when starting a supplement. High doses of D-mannose may cause kidney damage. D-mannose is a form of sugar and may not be recommended for some people, especially people who have diabetes. Always tell your doctor about any supplements you are taking, including natural ones and those bought without a prescription. That way, your doctor can check on any potential side effects or interactions with any medications. A pharmacist is also a great resource for such questions. They can look up the medications you take and make you aware of any possible drug interactions.

Rose-Marie, are frequent urinary tracts infections something you have to deal with?

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Yes, I have urinary tract infections one right after the other. And after taking so many antibiotics, I'm having terrible side effects.

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@colleenyoung

@rosemariewalters, here is an article that helps explain more about D-mannose.
– Can D-Mannose Treat or Prevent UTIs? https://www.healthline.com/health/d-mannose-for-uti

People have used it both for prevention and treatment of urinary tract infection. But you're quite right that antibiotic still play an important role in clearing UTI infections. Although D-mannose might help treat a UTI for some people, it’s important to follow medically proven methods of treatment to prevent the development of a more serious infection. As always, consult with your doctor.

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Thank you.

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