Pak, I have recurrent bladder infections also. I've found this new thing (or new to me, anyway) called Cystex and it's sold at Walgreens and I think CVS. It's a liquid that has cranberry concentrate and other stuff. I've taken AZO cranberry before and that only helped very mildly. So far, Cystex has been great - I've been able to have sex and not get an infection. I started out with this after a course of antibiotics that left me still feeling burning in my bladder.
You are supposed to take one tablespoon of the liquid daily as a preventative, and two tablespoons if you "have symptoms".
Cystex also has a tablet that claims to be an antibiotic and pain killer. I bought that but so far haven't used it.
BTW, the doctor told me not to avoid things that can cause burning of the bladder - those help create an environment that are hostile to bacteria.
I hope you get some relief. For awhile I thought what I had was IC but everytime I've been tested, there are bacteria in there.
10 months ago I had first urinary infection and have been on antibiodics ever since.. many diff ones and within a week of finishing them the infection wud return.. I am now taking Trimethoprim a low dose one a night which seems to be helping altho I still have a feeling of burning almost like a bit of the urine is going back up when I finish? Waiting to see a specialist now
Thank you for the replies. I will definitely try Cystex. I drink cranberry juice heavily and I think it helps... but that may simply be a placebo effect kind of thing. In any case, I'm willing to try near anything. Thank you for the well-wishing, Rose. And jen, I hope you can find relief as well. Btw, recently I've been thinking that my recurring utis may be a symptom of a greater underlying problem. Other, not entirely unrelated issues have been happening regularly as well. I've been researching, and it is uncommon but not unheard of for utis or uti-like problems to be the result of hard-to-diagnose diseases, especially in women. I 'll post again if I find out more.