For all of the last year, I’ve suffered from UTIs, seemingly non-stop. I get the right antibiotics, cure the infection, then a week later I have another. It seems the bacteria alternate between e.coli and enterococcus. I’ve tried prophylactic antibiotics and even though the bacteria are supposedly sensitive to the particular antibiotic (Nitrofurantoin) I still keep getting the pesky infections.
So, when I saw my urologist a few weeks ago she suggested two things. The first is an antibacterial drug called Hiprex (Methenamine). The idea of it is that when mixed with acidic urine, it turns into formaldehyde!! This then creates an uninhabitable zone for bacteria, hence no more UTIs.
Has anyone tried it? I’ve been taking it together with Vitamin C tablets (to create the appropriately acidic urine) for two weeks now. It’s OK, tastes like poison, but is probably doing the job, at least, I have no UTI (I tested it yesterday). But my urethra feels a bit sore and like I want to wee an awful lot of the time. I’m not sure whether the acidity or the formaldehyde is irritating my urethra.
The second thing she suggested was a vaccine called Uromune, it’s something that’s been used in Spain for several years and is being tested in the U.K. It is available here on a private prescription, and is something I might try if the Hiprex isn’t going to do the job.
This is the link to the information I’ve been given: https://westsussexurology.co.uk/clinical_service/recurrent-urinary-tract-infections-including-uromune/
Has anyone tried any of these? I’ve also been given Ovestin Oestrogen cream to use - again to prevent UTIs by changing the environment, making it less hospitable to bacteria.
I’d be really interested if anyone has used Hiprex particularly.