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Cystitis Treatment Comparision Table


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One tablet twice daily

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Nausea, vomiting, rash, diarrhoea, thrush

What is Cystitis?

Cystitis is when a bacterial infection leads to an inflammation of the bladder lining which causes painful urination, the need to urinate more frequently and abdominal pain. The urine may also appear cloudy, contain traces of blood and may have a strong, unusual odour. It can affect both men and women, but is much more common in women; especially those that are sexually active, pregnant or those that have gone through the menopause. It is fairly common for most women to have had at least one occurrence of cystitis in their twenties but if you have never experienced these symptoms before, you should visit your GP to ensure that it is cystitis you are suffering from.

Cystitis can be highly inconvenient and cause significant discomfort. The main symptoms include a stinging or burning sensation when urinating, the urge to urinate more frequently than normal, urine that is dark of murkly in colour or has a strong smell and general pain in the lower stomach. Cystitis is most commonly caused by a bacterial infection of the bladder either from the bowel or from the skin. There are a number of predisposing factors including having sex, wiping your bottom from back to front after going to the toilet, using a contraceptive diaphragm, inserting a tampon or using a urinary catheter.

Mild cystitis can usually be cleared through your system in a few days by staying hydrated, drinking plenty of fluids and treating the pain symptoms with over-the-counter painkillers, such as paracetamol; avoiding alcohol and acidic juices. However, more severe cystitis requires treatment with antibiotics and symptoms generally improve within a day or so. In rare cases, cystitis can lead to a serious kidney infection that will require urgent medical attention.

Men with cystitis should consult their GP, as it may indicate an underlying bladder or prostate infection or even an obstruction of the urinary tract.

How does the treatment work?

Cystitis is commonly treated with the antibiotic Trimethoprim. It is usually prescribed when the symptoms of cystitis do not clear up on their own. The antibiotic works by killing the bacteria that is causing the bladder infection and, in most cases, the treatment is highly effective. However, it is worth noting that Trimethoprim will not prevent future episodes or recurrent cases of cystitis. It only treats bladder infections when they occur.

Trimethoprim comes in the form of a tablet. One tablet is usually taken twice a day for three days. However, if you suffer from cystitis on a regular basis, you may need a more continuous course of antibiotics. For further information about dosages, or if your symptoms do not improve after using the antibiotic, speak to your GP or one of our experts here at Europa. If you experience a fever, back pain or vomiting, this may be a sign that the infection has spread to your kidneys, in which case it is vital that you seek urgent medical assistance.

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