Will clindamycin treat UTI?

There are some antibiotics that are known to be effective in the treatment of urinary tract infection (UTI). We are going to discuss if clindamycin treats UTI or not?

Urinary tract infection (UTI)

Urinary tract infection is referring to microbial inflammation that affects the passages of urine, anywhere from the kidney to the urethra. However, the most common is lower urinary tract infection which involves the urethra and the urinary bladder.

Common organisms

The most common organism to cause UTI is E. coli, it is a bacterium that lives in the intestine normally, but it can pass easily to the urinary tract especially in females.

UTI

Manifestations of urinary tract infection

  • Burning during voiding.
  • Abnormal color of urine, to be darker than usual.
  • Strong urges to void many times.
  • Difficulty during urination with pain (Dysuria)
  • Voiding of small amounts of urine.
  • Pain in the lower part of the abdomen.

Kidney or ureter infection cause additional symptoms, such as:

  • Raised body temperature as well as renal colic.
  • Bad odor of the urine.
  • Nausea and vomiting.

Treatment of UTI

The treatment depends on some factors, for instance, is it upper or lower UTI, is it a simple or complicated UTI, is it the first time or there is a history of recurrent UTI.

 There are urinary tract infection antibiotics that cure simple cases, such as:

  • Trimethoprim/sulfamethoxazole
  • Nitrofurantoin
  • Ceftriaxone
  • Amoxicillin.
  • Cephalexin.
  • Ciprofloxacin and levofloxacin are efficient in the treatment of complicated cases that extend to the kidneys.
  • Clindamycin.

Other treatment measure

  • Antispasmodic medications for the treatment of pain and renal colic.
  • Analgesics, antipyretics and anti-inflammatories.
  • Increased water and fluid intake.
  • Cranberry juice.

Will clindamycin treat UTI?

Yes, it can help.

Physicians recommend using clindamycin to treat UTI that are severe and serious, especially if reached kidneys.

It reduces bacterial growth in the urinary tract. However, it can increase the growth of some bacteria in the intestine with secondary diarrhea.

Side effects of clindamycin while treating UTI

  • Inflammation of the colon.
  • Joint pain.
  • Heartburn.
  • Metallic taste.
  • Allergic reactions.
  • Lowering of the blood pressure.

Dose of clindamycin in the treatment of UTI

  • For adults with severe infections: 150 to 450 mg every 6 to 8 hours. The maximum dose is 1.8 grams per day.
  • For pediatric patients: 8 to 20 mg/kg/day divided into 3 or 4 equal doses.

While severe cases may need treatment parentally with the following dose:

Serious infection: 600 to 1,200 mg via IV infusion or IM injection per day, in 2 to 4 equally divided doses
severe infection: 1,200 to 2,700 mg via IV infusion or IM injection per day, in 2 to 4 equally divided doses
The maximum dose is 4,800 mg via IV infusion per day.

Prevention of urinary tract infection

  • Drinking enough amounts of water as well as fluids, but avoid canned juices
  • Females should clean the genital area from front to back, but not the reverse.
  • Voiding whenever desired that’s to say avoid prolonging the time with a full bladder.
  • Empty the bladder immediately after intercourse.
  • Frequent change of the internal cloths. In addition, use cotton non-tight cloths.

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