Antibiotics best probiotics for UTIs: study

Share this article:


When taken daily to prevent recurrent urinary tract infections, antibiotics are more effective than daily doses of probiotics, or “good bacteria,” a new study confirms. 

UTIs are a constant threat in nursing homes. The antibiotics used to treat them, such as Bactrim and Septra, often are accompanied by unwanted side effects, such as diarrhea.

To test probiotics as an alternative to antibiotics, researchers from the University of Amsterdam recruited 252 women with a history of recurrent UTIs and divided them into two groups, Reuters reported. One group took a single dose of the antibiotic co-trimoxazole every day for a year; the other group took two capsules containing Lactobacillus rhamnosus GR-1 and Lactobacillus reuteri RC-14 daily. 

After a year, 69% of the women taking the antibiotic had one or more UTIs, with an average of 2.9 infections, while 79% of the women taking the probiotics had one or more UTIs, with an average of 3.3 per woman. Researchers did not observe increased resistance to probiotics, which they did with antibiotics. 

The study results appeared in the Archives of Internal Medicine



Share this article:

More in News

Post-acute standardized assessment bill passes House

Post-acute standardized assessment bill passes House

A bill that would standardize data in post-acute settings moved closer to reality after a House of Representatives voice vote in its favor Tuesday. The House's approval of the Improving ...

ACA hasn't created more part-time workers, analysis says

Despite fears to the contrary, there's no evidence that the Affordable Care Act increased part-time work before 2014, according to a new analysis.

Also in the News for Sept. 18, 2014

Arkansas' charity protection statute could protect nursing home in lawsuit... Institute of Medicine releases end-of-life report ...Congressional roundtable group says Medicare telehealth rules need to be updated