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Ibuprofen unsafe for treating simple UTIs: Study

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Commonly used painkiller may not be a safer alternative to for women suffering from simple urinary tract infection, a study says.

Various studies have suggested that treatment with non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs such as may support recovery of a urinary tract infection, raising the possibility that the use of could be reduced.

However, the new study revealed that it is not safe to recommend instead of in uncomplicated cystitis, due to the increased risk of developing a serious upper

Using Ibuprofen could lead to longer duration of symptoms and more serious adverse events related to the spread of the

"Initial treatment with Ibuprofen could reduce unnecessary use of antibiotics. However, until we can identify those women in need of antibiotic treatment to prevent complications, we cannot recommend Ibuprofen alone to women with uncomplicated UTIs," said researchers including Ingvild Vik from the in Norway.

For the study, detailed in the journal PLOS Medicine, the team randomised 383 women with to receive either standard treatment of antibiotics for three days or Ibuprofen as a symptomatic treatment without an antimicrobial effect.

The results showed that women assigned to receive Ibuprofen without antibiotics took three days longer to get well on an average.

Further, among women in the Ibuprofen group, twelve (6.6 per cent) developed a febrile urinary tract infection, with a smaller proportion (3.9 per cent) developing a which did not occur in the antibiotics group, the researchers noted.



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First Published: Wed, May 16 2018. 15:24 IST