How long should antibiotic therapy be continued for an uncomplicated UTI in an elderly woman?

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EVIDENCE-BASED ANSWERIn older adult women with uncomplicated lower urinary tract infections (UTIs), 3- to 6-day antibiotic regimens result in less persistence than single-dose treatments and have similar outcomes to longer regimens (SOR: A, meta-analysis of RCTs). A 3-day antibiotic course is recommended for uncomplicated symptomatic lower UTIs in women, including women older than 64 years (SOR: A, evidence-based guideline).

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