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Can Clarithromycin help in treating Urinary tract infection or bladder infection ?

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Posted on Fri, 27 Apr 2012
Question: I think I have a uti or bladder infection. I had a bladder sling put in three years ago and am having weird symtoms now. I have some antiibiotic here at home that I could take, clarithromycin, till I can see the doctor. Should I take it? I am 50 yr old caucasian female 5'1 145 lbs. When I start to urinate it is usually ok but near the end is a very uncomfortable feeling like pressure and just very different. No fever. Do have some urgency to urinate constantly. No pain or stinging just this weird pressure feeling like I have to go even though there is no urine there. that feeling.
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Answered by Dr. Deepak Anvekar (1 hour later)
Hello, .

Thanks for the query

First and foremost, your symptoms do not seem to be due to Urinary infection. It more likely appears to be due to detrusor overactivity syndrome.

Detrusor instability is characterised by uncontrolled contraction of the bladder wall (detrusor muscle), producing urgency, often with frequency and nocturia, and sometimes leakage (urge incontinence).

This condition needs treatment with anticholinergic medications (Eg Detrol), which need a prescription by a doctor.

In addition, Clarithromycin is not the antibiotic, indicated for urinary infections, hence use of this medication will not be useful in your condition.

The best course of action, would be to consult your primary care doctor who can do a urinalysis as well as urodynamic studies of the bladder to confirm the diagnosis and initiate the appropriate therapy.

I hope this helps.

I shall be available for any follow up questions that you might be having.


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Can Clarithromycin help in treating Urinary tract infection or bladder infection ?

Hello, .

Thanks for the query

First and foremost, your symptoms do not seem to be due to Urinary infection. It more likely appears to be due to detrusor overactivity syndrome.

Detrusor instability is characterised by uncontrolled contraction of the bladder wall (detrusor muscle), producing urgency, often with frequency and nocturia, and sometimes leakage (urge incontinence).

This condition needs treatment with anticholinergic medications (Eg Detrol), which need a prescription by a doctor.

In addition, Clarithromycin is not the antibiotic, indicated for urinary infections, hence use of this medication will not be useful in your condition.

The best course of action, would be to consult your primary care doctor who can do a urinalysis as well as urodynamic studies of the bladder to confirm the diagnosis and initiate the appropriate therapy.

I hope this helps.

I shall be available for any follow up questions that you might be having.