August 1, 2011
In today's Health Matters, Antibiotics may be better at treating and preventing urinary tract infections than cranberry juice.
Dutch researchers studied more than 200 women who had three recurrent UTI's in the last year. Some received a combination of antibiotic and placebo pills, the rest received a cranberry capsule along with a placebo.
Women who took the cranberry pill were more likely to develop a new UTI sooner than those in the group taking the antibiotic.
Study authors note women taking the antibiotic did develop antibiotic resistance.
However it faded within three months after the medication was stopped.
Findings appear in the 'archives of internal medicine.'