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Tuesday, July 15, 2008 Terri Hensley, Community Member, asks

Q: Can Bentyl be used for urinary tract infections?

I was given bentyl when I had a urinary tract infection as an antispasmodic.  The other prescription was for Lasix.  What is your opinion about using these two drugs in conjunction with one another for the treatment of a urinary tract infection in a woman who is 63 and is on no medications?  Thank you.  e-mail is:

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Pete, Health Guide
7/23/08 9:29pm

I'm sure it would help you be more comfortable (I've used it for this purpose) but it will do nothing to help the UTI. Neither will the Lasix, except you will probably void more often while on it. If you do suspsect a UTI, need to check with your doctor. Like the other person that responded to you, I also take Macrobid, but (and this is very important) I have had bacteria resistant to Macrobid. Always best for the doctor to culture and see what grows out.

Hahiran, Community Member
7/22/08 10:26pm

I am a 65 year old woman with very frequent UTIs.  I have THE BEST urologist.  He ALWAYS prescribes MACROBID for my UTIs and it has ALWAYS worked.  Only once did he TRY something else and it didn't work nearly as well, so we stick with the MACROBID and he has added FLOMAX this time under a plan of managed medicine for a long term goal.Embarassed

Jay Motola, Health Pro
6/ 1/11 9:13pm

Bentyl is a smooth muscle relaxant and the urinary bladder is a smooth muscle oran. bentyl is not a drug that is prescribed for urinary tract infections. It's efficacy as a smooth muscle relaxant has been questioned however that is not a topic for this forum. If an anti-spasmodic is needed, there are far better agents in the category of anti-cholinergics.

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By Terri Hensley, Community Member— Last Modified: 06/01/11, First Published: 07/15/08