Drugs for Urinary Tract Infections – Trimethoprim/sulfamethoxazole, Fosfomycin, Nitrofurantoin & Better Alternate Remedies in Ayurveda


UTI or urinary tract infections can be very problematic. It can result in a variety of symptoms such as painful and burning micturition. The person suffering from UTI or urinary tract infections is in vain and rushes to get immediate relief. There are a variety of drugs available for managing urinary tract infection in the market such as fosfomycin, nitrofurantoin, etc. But are these groups of drugs good for your health? If not then are there any other alternative products available? Which option is better? Let’s discuss the answer to these questions in detail through this following article.


Before discussing the management of a condition, it is essential to collect some information regarding the condition itself. So, let us first know a bit about UTI or urinary tract infections. UTI or urinary tract infections are infections related to ureters, bladder, kidney, urethra, etc. In total, women are more prone to UTI or urinary tract infections as compared to men. The patient experiences a variety of health related difficulties such as painful sensation while passing urine, severe burning sensations and discomfort in the abdomen, etc.

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The Management of UTI or urinary tract infections are usually managed on general principles similar to dealing with any other type of infections. Most of the UTI or urinary tract infections are caused by gram negative bacteria. So it is generally managed through the administration of a variety of antibiotics in the allopathic system of medicines. The most commonly used allopathic drugs for the management of urinary tract infection or UTI are Trimethoprim/sulfamethoxazole, fosfomycin, nitrofurantoin, etc. Details regarding the drugs commonly used for managing UTI or urinary tract infections are described as follows.

1. Trimethoprim/sulfamethoxazole

Trimethoprim/sulfamethoxazole (Bactrim, Septra, others) is a combination of two synthetic antibiotics used to treat urinary tract infections that are caused by bacteria. It can also be used to prevent a variety of other infections in various parts of your body. Trimethoprim/sulfamethoxazole may alter the way other medicines work, and other medicines may affect it. This could lead to unwanted effects.

Side effects of Trimethoprim/sulfamethoxazole

The prolonged use of Trimethoprim/sulfamethoxazole can cause blood in urine, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, rash, weakness, dizziness, etc.

2. Nitrofurantoin

It is a bacteriostatic compound and it is used to lower the pH of urine. It is used in managing lower urinary tract infections. Nitrofurantoin is being used to manage various acute and chronic cases of urinary tract infections.

Side effects of Nitrofurantoin

The prolonged use of Nitrofurantoin can cause chills, anorexia, a change in skin color, headache, dizziness, diarrhea, discomfort, nausea, vomiting, etc.

3. Fosfomycin

Fosfomycin is a widely used drug to treat infections of the urinary tract. It is a broad spectrum antibiotic. It hinders the cell wall synthesis of the bacteria and hence prevents its growth, which leads to the cessation of infection.

Side effects of Fosfomycin

The prolonged use of Fosfomycin may cause blood in urine, discomfort in abdomen, fever, nausea, vomiting, etc.

So how can you protect yourself from these harmful side effects of these antibiotic drugs? There are various beneficial ayurvedic formulations available to cope with the condition of UTI (Urinary tract infections). The ayurvedic concept of UTI (Urinary tract infections) along with the useful ayurvedic formulations will be described as follows.


The herbal alternatives used in the management of UTI or urinary tract infections are safe and can be effective in significantly decreasing the duration of symptoms of acute or chronic urinary tract infections, including cystitis and pyelonephritis. They are also effective in preventing recurrent infections. The ayurveda presents a unique perspective on every health topic. The condition of UTI (Urinary tract infections) can be correlated with mutrakricha vyadhi or mutraghata in the ayurvedic literature. Mutrakricha and mutraghata describe a wide category of difficulties related to the mutra i.e. the urine. The aggravated pitta dosha will cause burning sensation in the urine and various discomforts may be faced by the patient due to the dushti of the dosha along with the mutra vaha srotas. The management of the condition of UTI (Urinary tract infections) in ayurveda will require balancing the vitiated dosha along with empowering the health of mutra vaha srotas. This aim can be accomplished through the administration of beneficial ayurvedic formulations such as Mutrakrichantak Churna, Varunadi Vati, etc. These formulations will be described in the following article.


Planet Ayurveda prepares various formulations of natural herbs which are manufactured using authentic ways and provide great results in improving the urinary system health of the body. The various products prepared by Planet Ayurveda to promote the health of the urinary system are as follows: Punarnava capsules, varunadi vati, etc. All the herbal products manufactured here are free from chemicals, preservatives, starch, additives, colors and fillers. These products are hundred percent natural and are formulated by MD Ayurvedic doctors with deep knowledge of Ayurveda and many years of experience. The formulations are prepared strictly according to the procedures described in the samhitas (classical texts) and therefore are very effective in promoting health and curing the diseased state.

Herbal Remedies For Urinary Tract Infections

Herbal Supplements For urinary tract infections

1. Punarnava Capsules

Punarnava capsules are prepared by Planet ayurveda. It contains natural extracts of Punarnava (Boerhavia diffusa). Punarnava improves blood circulation and is very beneficial for the urinary system of the body. Punarnava also acts as a diuretic and contains rich antioxidants. It helps to manage UTI or urinary tract infections effectively.

Dosage – Two capsules two times a day with warm water after a meal.

2. Mutrakrichantak Churna

The Mutrakrichantak Churna is prepared by Planet Ayurveda. It contains powder of various beneficial natural herbs such as Varun (Crataeva nurvala), Bhumi Amla (Phyllanthus niruri), Gokshur (Tribulus terrestris), Kalmegh (Andrographis paniculata), etc. As the name suggests, mutra krich antak i.e. mutra means urine, krich means difficulty and antak means to end; mutrakrichantak churna ends all the urine-related difficulties. These are very essential herbs for the health of the body and will very positively boost the health of your urinary system.

Dosage – One teaspoonful two times a day with warm water.

3. Varunadi Vati

Varunadi vati is prepared by planet Ayurveda. This vati consist 100% natural extracts such as Gokshur (Tribulus terrestris), Shuddha Guggulu (Commiphora mukul), Punarnava (Boerhavia Diffusa), Varun (Crataeva nurvala) etc. which help to promote general health of the renal and urinary system of the body. Varunadi vati acts as a diuretic formulation. It also helps to maintain the water balance of the body. It is beneficial in various urine-related difficulties. And, thus manages the condition of UTI or urinary tract infections effectively.

Dosage – Two tablets two times a day with warm water after a meal.


In a nutshell, it can be briefly summarized that UTI or urinary tract infections need proper and timely management. UTI or urinary tract infections can cause a variety of health related discomforts such as urgency and frequency of urine, hesitancy in passing urine, burning micturition, etc. The above-mentioned Ayurvedic formulations such as varunadi vati, punarnava capsules, etc. are very beneficial in managing the various urine related difficulties and improving the general health of the patient. Following a healthy diet and lifestyle plays a pivotal role in keeping the diseases at bay.

Dr. Vikram Chauhan


Dr. Vikram Chauhan (MD - Ayurveda) is the CEO and Founder of Planet Ayurveda Pvt. Ltd. He is Author of the Book "Ayurveda – God’s Manual For Healing". He is an Ayurveda Expert Serving People worldwide through all the Possible Mediums, Operating from Main Branch in Mohali, India. With his Vast Experience in Herbs and their Applied Uses, he is successfully treating Numerous Patients suffering from Various Ailments with the help of Purest Herbal Supplements, Diet, and Lifestyle, according to the Principles of Ayurveda. For More Details, visit www.PlanetAyurveda.com.

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