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Can cranberry juice and capsules cure urinary tract infections?

I had some lab tests about a week ago and was told by my dr s office that the tests came out fine than about 3 days later I received a call from my ?Dr ,s odd that I had a mild urinary infection I am om several heart medications plus a baby aspirin daily. There is a lot of antibiotics that I can t take. Does cranberry juice and capsules help?
Sat, 28 Apr 2018
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Brief Answer:

Not for treatment it only helps in preventing further attacks.

Detailed Answer:

I would like to know a few more details for me to answer your query better which are:
1. Did you have any urinary symptoms that prompted you to undergo lab tests or was it a routine follow up?
2. Have you had repeated UTI’s in the past?
3. Did you have any fever now?
4. Are you a diabetic?

Any symptomatic UTI needs to be treated definitely with antibiotics until the infection is cleared. If you are not symptomatic, then the need for treatment depends upon the bacterial load in your urine and the type of organism that is causing the infection.

Antibiotics do not usually cause any adverse reactions to heart medications or aspirin, but it is better to let your treating doctor know about the medications you are on.

If you are allergic to any specific antibiotic or group of antibiotics, then your prescription has to modify accordingly, and you may also need to have a culture of your urine to know which antibiotics can be safe and effective for you.

Hope I have answered your query. Let me know if I can assist you further.

Dr. Karthik Rajan
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