Somehow, they’ve just managed to make scary urinary tract infections even more horrifying than they already were.
If you’ve got a complicated UTI… there’s a powerful antibiotic they may try to give you.
It’s called cefiderocol.
On the one hand, it seems to work just great… CURING 72.6% of patients in studies, compared to just 54.6% of those given the older meds.
On the other hand, if it doesn’t CURE you…
It just might KILL you instead!
It’s got a SHOCKINGLY high death rate, with the patients who need help most … those who’re sickest to begin with… facing the biggest risks of all.
But that didn’t stop the FDA from approving it!
Fortunately, you might NOT necessarily need it.
Scary death risk… from an antibiotic?
A normal – or “uncomplicated” – UTI is just what it sounds like. A run-of-the-mill… everyday… painful… but mostly common UTI.
The same germs that cause it can also be linked to a complicated UTI…
But what makes it “complicated” is that you’ve got something else going on…
From bladder issues… to heart problems… to other forms of illness and infection.
It’s like when you pick up a UTI while hospitalized -- especially common if you’ve got a catheter, a.k.a. germ tube, poking into you.
And on paper, that’s who this antibiotic drug is aimed at.
But in studies, while some patients got protection… others DROPPED like flies.
After two weeks, 18.8% of the folks given the new drug died, versus 12.2% of those on the older meds.
That’s a 50% jump in deaths!
After four weeks, 24.8% on the new drug died, versus 18.4% on the other meds… an increase of a third.
Since the drug is aimed at sicker patients in the first place, that makes for a crazy catch-22.
DON’T take the drug… and possibly DIE. Or TAKE the drug… and possibly DIE.
That’s not a choice you should have to make.
So, what do you do?
Stop the UTI from turning complicated in the first place.
If you’ve been prone to UTIs over the years, sugar-free cranberry extract and d-mannose can help make sure the germs behind the infection can’t CLING to your bladder wall and make you sick.
If you’re NOT at that desperate stage of a scary infection, doctors may be willing to first try intravenous vitamin C, which spills into the urine and then kills off bacteria once it gets there.
When it works, it works fast – sometimes immediately.
In Your Corner,
Dr. Allan Spreen
P.S. There’s another way to prevent UTIs – one that also can BOOST immune function. And I shared with you recently how the latest science officially PROVES their value.
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