Why antibiotics are still best for UTIs
Giving ibuprofen instead of antibiotics to women with cystitis is the wrong approach, according to a new study that contradicts previous findings.
The latest evidence shows that taking ibuprofen alone risks the spread of the primary infection and leads to longer-lasting symptoms.
In fact, women given ibuprofen without antibiotics took three days longer on average to get well, the study finds.
The authors randomised 383 women from three Scandinavian countries with uncomplicated urinary tract infections (UTIs)