Urinary Tract Infection: How To Treat UTIs and Get Antibiotics
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Online UTI Treatment: How to Access Antibiotics
UTIs are usually treated with antibiotics, which are medications designed to target and remove the bacteria causing the infection.
By evaluating your symptoms and medical history, our medical team will prescribe the most suitable medication for your urinary tract infection.
UTI Antibiotics in South Africa: What You Should Know
Here are some commonly prescribed medications used to treat UTIs:
- Ciprofloxacin (brand name: Orpic) is a fluoroquinolone antibiotic that is used to treat both simple and complex urinary tract infections, as well as pyelonephritis (kidney infection). It may also be prescribed for cases where other antibiotics are less effective or when the infection is suspected to be caused by resistant bacteria.
- Fosfomycin (brand name: Urizone) is a popular medication in South Africa that is sometimes used as a single-dose antibiotic for treating uncomplicated UTIs.
- Amoxicillin-potassium clavulanate (brand name: Augmentin) is an antibiotic that prevents bacterial growth and is used particularly in cases where the infection is caused by atypical bacteria or in recurrent UTIs.
How To Get Your UTI Treatment Online
Not only do you want relief, but you also want to avoid any potential health issues that could develop if the infection spreads, specifically a kidney infection. Here is how you can treat your urinary tract infection with us:
Share Your Symptoms
Our clinical team will assess your information and compare the data to local and international sources to find the best treatment for your needs
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Your prescription will be sent to you via email, and it can be used at any South African pharmacy for purchasing your medication
How do I know if I need treatment?
UTI symptoms often mimic other conditions, such as STIs, but they tend to appear suddenly and remain consistent until treated.
Here are some typical signs of STIs and UTIs:
- Burning and or itching in the vagina
- Discharge from vagina
- Vaginal odor
- Abnormal vaginal bleeding
- Soreness in and on vagina or rectum
- Pelvic pain
- No symptoms (many STIs are silent)
- Strong, persistent urge to urinate
- Burning with urination
- Pain in bladder after urination
- Passing small frequent amounts of urine
- Pink or coca cola colored urine
- Strong smelling urine
- Increased pelvic or bladder pain with urination
FAQs: Treating Your UTI
Where do I book my assesment?
Using the link, you can pay for your treatment via Get Tested, our medical & testing partner. After payment has been processed, you will be required to fill out our 3-minute online form (These questions cover your medical history, symptoms, current medicines, and allergies. It’s critical to answer them truthfully).
Do you accept medical aid?
The cost of the consultation (R299) is not covered by medical aid - but your medication could be depending on your plan.
Can you diagnose a simple UTI without running a test?
While it is not 100% accurate, certain symptom clusters are strongly suggestive of a UTI. In scenarios where the symptoms are less severe, it is considered acceptable practice to treat without a test initially. If required (repeat infections, or ineffective treatment), we are able to offer testing.
How is a UTI treated?
Antibiotics are typically used to treat UTIs. A review of your symptoms and medical history will be used to determine treatment.
How much will my treatment cost?
The R299 is the the cost of the prescription and medical assessment.
Cost of treatment depends on the medication chosen by the team. This usually falls between R 50 - R 250 and may be covered by your medical aid (plan dependent) when you pruchase your medication at the pharmacy.
Why should I seek help from a doctor?
While some UTI symptoms may be temporarily relieved by over-the-counter (OTC) medications to try and provide instant UTI relief, it's important to remember that OTC remedies do not address the underlying infection. It is crucial to seek proper medical evaluation and treatment if you think you may have a urinary tract infection, as these infections need to be effectively treated with antibiotics that a doctor has prescribed.
Antibacterial Gels or creams are available to help prevent infection at the urethral opening (urethra meatus). These products may provide some protection against bacteria, but they are not a substitute for medical treatment if an infection has already developed.