Can taking low-dose antibiotics regularly (long term) prevent getting recurrent urinary tract infections (UTIs)?


Long term use of antibiotics is associated with antimicrobial resistance, therefore it is very important to discuss this with your doctor.

Starting regular antibiotics for prevention of a UTI will depend on a number of factors, such as number of infections over a period of time, any other underlying health conditions, sexual history and microbiology results of your urine sample.

Your doctor may suggest trying other preventative methods before starting regular antibiotics. Your doctor will weigh up the benefits of taking the antibiotics versus the risk of resistance to antibiotics depending on individual symptoms and recurrence of infection, therefore it is important to seek medical advise if you are unsure of any ongoing symptoms.