Prophylactic nitrofurantoin reduces rate of symptomatic episodes of cystitis in young women with recurrent UTIs
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Recurrent urinary tract infections (RUTIs) are a common health problem among young, healthy women, causing considerable discomfort and resulting in increased outpatient visits, diagnostic tests, and prescriptions. However, no evidence suggests that RUTIs lead to serious chronic health problems, such as hypertension or renal disease, in the absence of anatomic or functional abnormalities. Risk factors for RUTIs include frequent sexual intercourse, spermicidal use, a new sexual partner during the past year, a history of UTI in childhood, and a history of maternal UTIs.
Evidence Based Practice 12(6): 01-02.