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Antibiotics for People With Catheters (AUA)

Campaign Series: Choosing Wisely
Medical Category: Drugs
Article Type: Advice
Language: Plain English, Spanish
Affiliation: American Urological Association
Format: HTML, PDF
Most recent update: 01/26/2016
Almost all people who have catheters have some bacteria in their urine. But that doesn’t mean they all need antibiotics. Usually, you don’t need antibiotics unless you have a urinary-tract infection (UTI). Just because you have some bacteria in your urine, it doesn’t mean you have a UTI. If you don’t have an infection, taking antibiotics could be harmful.