Patient :A home UTI test kit was positive for leukocytes, negative for nitrites. I had no UTI symptoms other than urine seemed to have an odor. Based on that alone, a NP prescribed Cipro for 3 days. I also provided another urine sample, but she said to start the Cipro right away before the results were in. Lab results came back today completely negative for UTI. Question is: do I need to finish the remaining Cipro? If there are no bad bacteria to kill, won't it just kill off all the good bacteria in the gut??
Welcome to ATD, thank you for the query.
I can understand your concern.
Do not take remaining dose of ciprofloxacin as it is not required.
Your concern about good bacteria in the gut is right.
It is a broad spectrum antibiotic. Its spectrum of activity includes most strains of bacterial pathogens responsible for respiratory, urinary tract, gastrointestinal, and abdominal infections, including Gram-negative (Escherichia coli, Haemophilus influenza, Klebsiella pneumonia, Legionella pneumophila, Moraxella catarrhal's, Proteus mirabilis, and Pseudomonas aeruginosin), and Gram-positive methicillin-sensitive bacterial pathogens.
So start probiotics or curd in your diet for at least 3 days.
I hope you are free from urinary tract infection symptoms now.
Feel free to consult further if you have any more queries.
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