Bladder Infection and Antibiotics

by Fiona
(Glasgow, Scotland)

Q. I have a bladder infection and am taking an antibiotic. I am a 33 year old women and have not had a bladder infection before.

Do you think I should also take a probiotic and if so which would be the best one for me to take?

A. Whilst your question isn't strictly about vaginal infections, if you're taking antibiotics to treat a bladder infection, that can certainly lead on to things like thrush.

I'm not a doctor but in your position I would certainly take probiotics.

The antibiotics will be killing off your good bacteria as well as the bad and unfortunately that means that there is a lot of unoccupied space through your intestinal tract and bladder. Sometimes yeast infection can get established at a time like this.

Don't take the probiotic supplements at the same time as you take the antibiotic - separate them by a few hours. Eat plenty of yogurt and/or kefir as well. Try to get your probiotics from a variety of sources.

Both Saccharomyces boulardii (in Florastor) and Lactobacillus GG (in Culturelle) are proven against antibiotic associated diarrhea.

Fem Dophilus is very good with bladder infections.

Also - nothing to do with probiotics - but I've personally found that the quickest way to get rid of a bladder infection when it is coming on is to drink a lot of water. Drink enough water so that for a couple of hours you're going to the toilet every half hour or so. Bacteria can double in numbers each half hour, so think in terms of you're fighting to flush them out quicker than they can multiply!

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Dec 25, 2008
My two cents worth
by: Angel

I don't know about probiotics but when I get bladder infections I drink a lot of water and you can stop it dead in its tracks. Like the person before said, you must drink enough water that your weeing A LOT.

And cranberry tablets are good too.

Dec 28, 2008
EX common sufferer
by: Ella

I too suffered from a lot of bladder infections and yeast infections. For relief I would drink ENO, the carbonated drink for indigestion. Once I switched from using tampons to pads I no longer suffer from them, plus I've increased my intake of water, (just water) and yogurt. I had one particularly nasty infection that just wouldn't go away so I read somewhere that after laundering your underwear the bacteria may still be on it, and that ironing it with a hot iron would kill any remaining. So guess what I did that night? Long story short, it went away.

Dec 31, 2008
Cranberry Juice
by: Mary B

I agree with your other commenters about cranberry juice being good for uti although strangely, it only seems to work for women.

I used to get a lot of uti infection and a friend suggested I drink cranberry juice. Now, I wouldn't do without my daily glass. Haven't had an infection for almost a year and I used to get them regularly.

Apr 26, 2012
Eno twice a day
by: Anonymous

I suffered alot from bladder infections, this last time I went to the dr. to early, as the test showed negative, it got worse but I did what he told me, drink piles of water to flush the bacteria out and he also said to drink eno twice a day for 4 or 5 is the 1st time I got over a bladder infection without antibotics. I hear a cranberry pill a day is also good, so I plan to do that also.

Oct 29, 2016
Relief within 1 hour
by: Chérie Ann

I had a UTI last week and realized to my horror that I had run out of amoxycilin (antibiotics) which normally takes care of it in 12-24 hrs. I took a shower and got ready for work but I thought I was going to faint with the pain. My roommate suggested Eno but I live in USA and didn't have any on hand. So she made me an Eno-like decoction at home.

Mix 1 tbsp baking soda, juice of 1 lemon and some black pepper in a tall glass or water bottle n drink. Relief within the hour. Then make another bottle n sip throughout the day. I didn't know UTIs could run away like that.
Alternate is a 10 day course of amoxycilin 500mg twice a day with food (every 12 hours). You should feel perfectly fine in a day or two after which I don't continue the antibiotics but technically you should. Also, you need a prescription for this so from my recent experience my preference is now the baking soda technique. Even Eno takes a couple of days. My roommate's formula took 1 hour.

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