Is Meloxicam effective for UTIs? 

Is Meloxicam effective for UTIs? 

Meloxicam is not effective for the management and treatment of urinary tract infections (UTIs). Meloxicam is a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) which may help with the pain associated with UTIs, but it is not commonly used for that purpose (1).

UTIs are caused by bacteria. Since Meloxicam is not an antibacterial medication, it can not damage the growth of infectious bacteria responsible for your symptoms.

It’s best to consult your healthcare provider if you have symptoms associated with UTI. Such infections should never be managed at home, without consulting a doctor. 

If UTIs are not treated properly or are left untreated, they can cause significant complications and can put your health at great risk. 

What medications are used to treat UTIs? 

There are plenty of medications, both antibiotics and painkillers, that are used for the management and treatment of urinary tract infections. Only your healthcare provider can prescribe the most suitable medication for you. 

This is why talking to your doctor should be the first thing you do if you have UTI. For pain management, OTC meds like Paracetamol and NSAIDs can be used. 

Among NSAIDs, Ibuprofen and Diclofenac are considered quite effective for the flank pain caused by UTI, which circulates around your entire lower abdomen and back. 

However, Paracetamol is preferred over NSAIDs, because it’s safer and you can take it 3-4 times a day. As far as the actual treatment of UTI is concerned, you will have to take antibiotics for complete eradication of the infection-causing bacteria. Some of the common antibiotics include (2):

  • Cephalosporins, like Ceftriaxone, Cephalexin, etc. 
  • Fluoroquinolones, like Ciprofloxacin 
  • Trimethoprim and Sulfamethoxazole 
  • Nitrofurantoin 
  • Fosfomycin 

The treatment with antibiotics usually lasts for 7-14 days, depending on the severity of your infection. Your doctor may ask for a Urine Culture test to determine the exact bacterial species responsible for your infection and the best antibiotics to use against them. 

This is why you should consult your doctor if you think you have UTI for proper diagnosis and prescription. 

How to know you have a urinary tract infection?

There are a number of characteristic symptoms of UTI, a type of infection that can affect any part of the urinary system, including the bladder, kidneys, ureters, and urethra. 

The symptoms of UTI can vary depending on the location and severity of the infection, but some common symptoms include:

  • Pain or burning during urination
  • Frequent urge to urinate
  • Cloudy or foul-smelling urine
  • Blood in urine
  • Lower abdominal or pelvic pain
  • Flank pain, which can radiate to your lower back
  • Fatigue or malaise
  • Fever or chills
  • Nausea or vomiting

Make sure you talk to your doctor if you have the above-mentioned signs and symptoms. Your doctor may ask for a urine culture to determine the best possible antibiotic to eradicate the specific type of bacterial species responsible for your UTI. 

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Mayo Clinic. Urinary tract infection – Diagnosis and Treatment. [Internet]. Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research; 2022 Feb 02 [updated 2022 Feb 04; cited 2023 Mar 06]. Available from: