Chronic Urinary tract infection


I am currently being treated with Bactrim for the 4th urinary tract infection I’ve had this year. I would like to draw on the collective wisdom of forum members as to what may have worked for you or a loved one to avoid these pesky UTIs?

Since I was diagnosed with the first UTI, I have increased my water intake to three 16 ounce glasses daily. At the doctor’s recommendation I take cranberry capsules twice daily and also I take a probiotic daily. I am tired of taking antibiotics but mostly I’m tired of having this pain frequently.


I have found cranberry tablets or cranberry juice to be an excellent prophylactic against urinary tract infections. Since taking cranberry pills, I have never had a UTI, and I used to have them often. I use cranberry pills because I don’t want to get the carbohydrates in cranberry juice. I don’t take any antibiotics, because I find I don’t need any.


How many mg in the cranberry pills you take? I also take cranberry pills, but maybe I’m not taking enough of them or consuming the wrong brand. I do know I feel poorly today.


I use Life brand cranberry, taking 9000 mg. twice a day. Cranberry is such a simple item to process pharmaceutically that I assume any brand will do. When I first started cranberry treatment I had an existing UTI so I took a combination of cranberry juice three times a day plus 9000 mg. twice a day in tablet form, and that enormous concentration of cranberry cleared the problem up in no time. Since cranberry is just a food, which people eat in enormous quantities in New England when it is in season, I wouldn’t think you could overdose on it.


Have you considered trying a different antibiotic? Macrobid, or its generic equivalent, has always worked extremely well for me. I’ve been told it’s targeted to treat UTIs.


The doctor always orders a culture to check for what appropriate antibiotic is best. Not saying Bactrim is the best, but it seems to do the job. I guess I just wish I didn’t have to be dealing with these UTIs so often.


Here is what I have found with my research into mannose.

Since D-mannose is absorbed in the upper gastrointestinal tract, it doesn’t relocate the “friendly” E. coli normally present in the colon.) D-mannose treatment of E. coli bladder and urinary tract infections is ecologically sound treatment. (The very small amounts of D-mannose metabolized by our bodies and not excreted into the urine are harmless.) As an extra bonus, D-mannose tastes good!
Since D-mannose is naturally occurring, many of you may have guessed that cranberry juice (as well as pineapple juice) contain more D-mannose than most other foods. However, the amounts found in these juices are substantially less than in the ½ teaspoon (approximately 1 gram) adult dose, and are substantially less effective.

Do your research into mannose but I have been told by my doctor that there is not enough mannose in cranberries to effectively treat urinary track infections.


Update to the original post:
I finally was granted the opportunity to see a Urologist which I did yesterday. He said that there is presently no infection in the urine sample I provided. It is his opinion that a antibiotic called Clindamycin which I was prescribed for a totally unrelated infection (a cyst on my back) likely set into motion a chain of events that caused the first urinary tract infection which was never completely eradicated.

In spite of repeated requests on my part for either a different antibiotic than the one I was taking (which was Bactrim) or a little bit longer course of Bactrim, my request was denied by the treating physician.

The Urologist gave me two options, one was a 6 month course of low dose antibiotic OR a trial with a daily dose of d-mannose powder. Because I had extremely unpleasant side effects with Bactrim, I chose the option of a trial with d-mannose powder. The Urologist made mention that a bidet might also be helpful.

It is my hope that my story might benefit someone else who is having chronic urinary tract infections.


I also get urinary track infections very often, especially after I take antibiotics. Its so expensive to always have to go to the doctor for the same medications for the same infection every month - especially when you already know what is going on. Talk about annoying. Of course by this time i have come up with a great way to manage myself without breaking my pockets. Right now I am taking Cystex. Have you guys tried it? I saw the reviews on google and decided to check them out. Their website is but I know you can buy it online or in stores.


I am T1 and my 86 yr old mum is T2. She gets frequent UTIs because of incontinence issues. Her doctor prescribes a product called Monroe. It’s generic name is Fosfomycin Tromethamine. It is a single dose product and stops her pain within twelve hours. May I suggest you check this out with your doctor.


I hate predictive text…it is Monurol.