I suffer from recurring UTIs Tried Nitrofurantoin Didn't


Q: I suffer from recurring UTIs. Tried Nitrofurantoin. Didn't work. Currently on Bactrim -- I am at the beginning of day three of the bacterium -- I feel the symptoms are not improving and maybe getting worse. I have a prescription for CIPRO waiting for me at Rite Aid. If I do not feel better in a few hours, can I discontinue bactrim and begin cipro.

Symptoms:  Increased frequency of urination, constant feeling of needing to go, not able to empty bladder, depression, panic, anxiety, hopelessness.

A:   Hello,
Thank you for your query at AskTheDoctor.com
Bactrim is in fact a better drug than ciprofloxacin for recurrent UTIs.

Now I want to know whether a urine culture test was done for you.

Because changing antibiotics may not be sensible, and similarly starting a new one without urine culture may not be helpful.

So please let me know in the follow up.

Feel free to discuss further.

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