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
- stomach cramps
- loss of appetite
If you experience any of the following symptoms, call your doctor immediately:
- skin rash
- 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.