Consider this before buying AZO UTI defense

There are just a few FDA approved over the counter drugs to deal with the first signs of UTI. A week ago new AZO Urinary Tract Defense™, an over the counter drug has been announced and appeared on the shelves of major retailers (also could be ordered on Amazon)

Azo’s active ingredient is Methenamine, an old “forgotten” antibiotic that has been around for ages. It is interesting to note, that Methenamine is “indicated for prophylactic or suppressive treatment of frequently recurring urinary tract infections when longterm therapy is considered necessary. This drug should only be used after eradication of the infection by other appropriate antimicrobial agents.” This means it won’t cure your UTI! But it can help to reduce symptoms.

Being “over-the-counter” does not mean “safe”.

Methenamine may cause side effects. Tell your doctor if any of these symptoms are severe or do not go away:

  • upset stomach
  • vomiting
  • diarrhea
  • stomach cramps
  • loss of appetite

If you experience any of the following symptoms, call your doctor immediately:

  • skin rash
  • hives
  • itching (allergic reaction)

Make sure to take Ascorbic Acid

In order for Azo Urinary Tract Defense to work better, you’d need acidic urine. For that take Ascorbic Acid together with the drug. Lemons, on contrary, would alkalize your urine. When taking products with Methenamine, avoid drinking water with lemon.

If you decide to use this product make sure to first use a home test to see if your infection could be treated with Methenamine, watch your symptoms and go to a physician to order an appropriate antibiotic. If you decide to supplement the treatment of your UTI with a natural product you can try D-Mannose powder.



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8 COMMENTS

  1. Although I’m not sexually active or what women may classify sexually inexperienced(virgin). I have had problems with ovarian cysts, and painful periods that can cause mennorhaigia-mettorphaigia without birth control. I have had problems with UTI’s-Acute Cystitis and bacterial vaginitis that often have a connection with each other. Off/On for years I have had this personal ailment, if it’s not ovarian cyst or menstrual problems it’s usually something else. I brought both AZO and Cystex Products with the antibacterial protection properties. At first I tried AZO and it worked wonders for my urinary tract systems. I’ve read that it could help ease bacterial vaginitis/vaginosis because both UTI/BV seem to have a lot of similarities with each other. With me however, having severe PMS problems; it seem like I said been plagued with this problem for years not weeks/months- my period makes me sick or something. This AZO/Cystex Plus Antibacterial Protection is a must have for all women either sexually inexperienced or other way around. I have been plagued with personal ailments for years concerning vaginal or bladder infections. I hope the come out with a OTC treatment for bacterial vaginal infections that are simply not to be confused as a sexually transmitted infection, it will save time and money.

  2. I am not a fan of this product. Methenamine can cause false negative urine lab results. This happened to me this week and thankfully I brought this package with me to the doctor’s office. If you look it up on webMD, it mentions the false negative lab results.

    This product is marketed to take ths mediation until you you can see a doctor but then you give a urine sample and creates a false negative.

    Pleased don’t take this product.

  3. I have battled UTIs all my adult life. Sometimes I can go 12-18 months without one. Other times I have 3-4 on a 12 week period. The last bout ended up being MDRO. Doc wanted to put me on macrobiotic suppression but I was concerned about the MDRO and asked about Methenamine which she agreed with.
    My question is how long do I need to stay on it?

    • Hi Kasey,
      Sorry to hear! Too many cases of multi-drug resistant bacteria out there recently…
      Not sure what’s “macrobiotic suppression” is?
      As to methenamine, it won’t cure the infection, just slow down the progression. You will still need something to deal with the offending bacteria. Have you tried to supplement your treatment with D-Mannose? Any other supplements? Also, ask your physician about ibuprofen as well. As long as you don’t have heart problems and he/she will be monitoring you for kidney infection it could be an alternative. And make sure to get some good probiotics!

  4. Anastasia, you should not be concerned about methenamine contributing to antibiotic resistance. Methenamine achieves its antibiotic action by breaking down into formaldehyde in the presence of acid in the bladder. It is this formaldehyde which is antibacterial and useful in controlling and preventing urinary tract infections (it will not cure an active infection, however.)
    Formaldehyde is not indicated in antibacterial resistance since bacteria cannot become resistant to formaldehyde.

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