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UTI treated with Cipro

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I'm unfortunate enough to be one of those people with recurring urinary tract infections.

I normally am prescribed cipro for 3 days. I just came back from the doctor, and this time he prescribed me cipro for 7 days. I'm wondering what the difference is between the 3 day and the 7 day treatments. This UTI is even significantly less painful than my previous ones. The doctor did not perform a urine test - and usually when I tell the doctor (I don't have a regular doctor) that this is a recurring problem for me, they don't test my urine.

Is the 7 day treatment typically the same dosage as the 3 day treatment? I currently have 14 ran-ciproflox pills (500mg) to take, twice daily. Do I really need to take it for the entire 7 days?

Naturally, it's the holidays and I'd like to be able to drink alcohol at some point so I'd really prefer a 3 day treatment Very Happy But I have to take all 7 days, I'll suck it up.

Thanks in advance for all your input!
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replied December 26th, 2009
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Yes, take it all...The reason for this is that the infection wants to stick around with you...He wants to make sure that this clears up...Even though you don't think you need it, you really do...Take care and hope you feel better...

Caroline
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replied July 6th, 2010
Antibiotics work best when the amount of medicine in your body is kept at a constant level. Therefore, take this medicine at the same time each day. To clear up your infection completely, continue taking this medicine for the full course of treatment even if you begin to feel better in a few days.

Do not miss any doses. If you miss a dose of this medicine, take it as soon as possible. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not take 2 doses at once.

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replied September 13th, 2013
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Doctors make money from pharmaceutical companies when they prescribe medications. Their first thing is $$$, most medications are more harmful than its benefit. I am 61 years old and I learned my lesson too late. Most urologist prescribe medication without testing to see if you have Bactria in your blood, so why you need it. I have been trying to get treatment for urinary track for over 30 years but you know the urinary track issues mostly is nothing to do with infections but the pelvic muscles make you bladder active and they know that but then how they make money. Please when they prescribe medication for you read the information that comes with it in detail and see if it is worth it to use it. They say the doctor think the benefit of using is more that the side effect and one of my pills side effect was death or sever bleeding even after a few months and I really ended in ER with sever bleeding and I still suffering. My doctor prescribed me 2 weeks Cipro and then he refered me to specialist and he put me on a 30 days Cipro (stupid me still suffering)You are not a patient for them but $$$$$ only. Be smart.
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