What is AZO?
AZO is a brand of over-the-counter homeopathic products formulated for urinary, bladder, vaginal, and hormonal health. AZO pain relievers are often used for fast relief of pain, burning, and the sense of urgency most people get with bladder infections. The brand also makes cranberry caplets for urinary tract protection, test strips for infection screening, and a range of probiotics for feminine balance. Although AZO makes several products specifically formulated for female concerns, AZO urinary health formulas are also beneficial for men.
AZO products are not intended to replace medical care, but they may help inhibit infection progression until you can see your provider. But don't delay. Untreated urinary tract infections can cause severe complications. They're also more difficult to treat once they spread to your kidneys or bloodstream. Although AZO products could help reduce your symptoms, your doctor will likely want to prescribe an antibiotic to help clear your infection.
How Does AZO Work?
Individual AZO products work in different ways. AZO cranberry supplements are made to help slow the progression of urinary tract infections and provide relief from symptoms. Each tablet provides as much urinary tract support as an entire serving of cranberry juice. Current research suggests cranberries have active components that seem to help keep bacteria from clinging to bladder walls. But not all AZO products are made with cranberries.
AZO Bladder Control® helps support bladder muscle strength with a blend of pumpkin seed and soy germ extracts. The combination of plant extracts could be just what you need to help with occasional leakage while laughing, sneezing, or exercising. AZO bladder support products can also be helpful with occasional feelings of urgency. To help support beneficial bacteria and optimal pH balance, there are AZO Dual-Protection Urinary & Vaginal Support probiotic supplements.
How Long Does It Take For AZO To Work?
Some AZO pain-relief products start to work in as little as 20 minutes; other AZO products require time for your system to adapt. For example, AZO Bladder Control® provides 24-hour bladder support. However, the company recommends continuing with your normal routine, including the use of panty liners or pads, for two weeks after you start using their supplements. Then you can adjust as needed. If you have questions or concerns about using any AZO product, consult your health care provider.
How Often Can You Take AZO?
Some AZO products are intended to be used as needed, while others work best with continuous daily use. AZO cranberry supplements are intended for daily use to help maintain a healthy urinary tract. The brand's daily probiotic helps support feminine balance. Other AZO products, including AZO Urinary Pain Relief and Yeast Plus, are intended for use as long as symptoms persist. You'll find product-specific instructions on the back of every AZO bottle or box.