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Over the Counter Drugs for Urinary Tract Infections

Updated February 21, 2019

If you are suffering from a urinary tract infection, there are a variety of over the counter medications you can take. These medications will provide relief from the painful symptoms of the urinary tract infection.

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A urinary tract infection occurs when bacteria enters the urethra, bladder, ureters or kidneys. This infection causes a frequent need to urinate, along with a painful burning sensation when urinating.


Cystex contains methenamine, an antibacterial, and sodium salicylate, a pain reliever. Cystex claims to be the only over the counter medication to act not only as a pain reliever, but also keep the infection from getting worse.


AZO features phenazopyridine, which relieves pain by working directly in the bladder. The AZO line features a variety of products that not only diagnose a urinary tract infection, but also relieve urinary tract infection symptoms and maintain a healthy urinary tract.


Uristat also features phenazopyridine, which works in the bladder to relieve pain. Uristat claims to relieve the burning sensation and pain felt during urination, along with decreasing the frequent urge to urinate.


It is important to remember that over the counter medications will not cure urinary tract infections. These medications will simply provide relief from the pain and discomfort associated with the infection.

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About the Author

Krista Sheehan

Krista Sheehan is a registered nurse and professional writer. She works in a neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) and her previous nursing experience includes geriatrics, pulmonary disorders and home health care. Her professional writing works focus mainly on the subjects of physical health, fitness, nutrition and positive lifestyle changes.

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