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    Hi, I'm kind of new here, never posted before... I'm a C-6 incomplete
    quad. Well, my question is : Is vitamin C effective to prevent
    urinary infection ? Some people say that it is good, but on the
    other hand, vitamin C taken for long periods can demage the liver. Is
    that true ? If it is, is there anything that can really help on
    preventing uti's ? I'm really tired of having it... Thanks, I appreciate
    any help...

    UTI's, Vitamin C, and Cranberry Juice

    Babbie -- Many folks swear by cranberry juice or tablets to help in preventing a UTI. It works by keeping the urine acidic to prevent bacteria formation.

    The best things to do to prevent a UTI are to drink plenty of fluids (preferrably water), catheterize at regular intervals or keep your bladder empty as much as possible, and have periodic urinary health checkups.

    Vitamin C also makes the urine acidic. It is best to get it naturally in citrus fruits and vegetables. It is metabolized by the liver and I am not certain of the long term effects when it is taken in large doses over long periods of time.

    You might want to check out this site for further information on other urinary anti-infective drugs that are sometimes used for prevention:

    The SCI-Nurses are advanced practice nurses specializing in SCI/D care. They are available to answer questions, provide education, and make suggestions which you should always discuss with your physician/primary health care provider before implementing. Medical diagnosis is not provided, nor do the SCI-Nurses provide nursing or medical care through their responses on the CareCure forums.


      Hi, Babbie, and welcome to posting! You can use the search function at the top of the page on the right. There have been many, many discussions on vitamin C, cranberry, etc. to prevent UTI's. Keep posting, and welcome again!

      Tough times don't last - tough people do.



        Thank you for the answers ! I´ll look other posts on that subject and
        also check that site.

        Thanks !