This service is for women only.
Cystitis is a common infection of the bladder that can be painful when it occurs.
If you suffer from cystitis and can recognise the symptoms, we can provide effective treatment from our online doctor service.
We offer two different antibiotics to treat cystitis. Both antibiotics are highly effective in treating bladder infections and symptoms usually improve within 24 hours.
To place your order, you need to fill in a brief questionnaire. You can choose a preferred treatment. Our online doctor will review your information and approve appropriate treatment.
Dispensing and standard delivery included.
Click & Collect: free (available for collection the same day in Superdrug Pharmacies)
Next Day Delivery: £3.99
The antibiotics MacroBid and trimethoprim rarely cause side effects.
In rare cases, side effects can include:
The symptoms of cystitis will usually clear up within 4-9 days without taking any medicines. Drinking plenty of water can help to clear the infection faster.
Your local pharmacist will be able to advise on over-the-counter treatments that do not require a prescription.
Some people find that drinking cranberry juice or taking cranberry capsules can help to prevent infections recurring.
Like MacroBid, Trimethoprim 200mg is an antibiotic used to treat cystitis (water infections and inflammation of the bladder) and urinary tract infections (UTIs). It is also used to prevent recurrent infections.
Trimethoprim is available on a doctor’s prescription. If you take it as instructed and complete the course (even if you no longer have symptoms) it is normally very effective. You usually take it once a day for a short period of time. It has few side effects.
Trimethoprim works by stopping the infection from spreading. It contains the infection so that your immune system can kill the bacteria (or so that they just die off by themselves).
MacroBid is an antibiotic used to treat urinary tract infections. It contains the active ingredient nitrofurantoin, which is filtered out of the blood into the urine by the kidneys. Once in the urine, MacroBid kills the bacteria that are causing an infection in the urinary tract.
MacroBid is a prolonged-release medication. This means that the medication works slowly and gradually over a few hours. For this reason, you should swallow the capsules whole. Don’t chew them or break them open to take them.
MacroBid can turn your urine a dark yellow or brown colour. This is normal – it is caused by the colour of the medicine.
The symptoms of a bladder infection (also known as cystitis) are similar to those of a urinary tract infection. With both it is important to drink plenty of water, to flush out the bladder.
The symptoms include:
In nine out of ten cases of female bladder infection, cystitis is caused by E.coli bacteria from the bowels. Women have a shorter urethra than men and it sits closer to the anus. These E.coli bacteria move from the anus to the urethra as a result of poor hygiene habits (such as wiping your bottom from back to front, instead of from front to back).
It is also possible for women to get cystitis from having sex because the bacteria can be rubbed into the urethra – you can reduce the risk of this happening by urinating after sex to flush out any bacteria that might have transferred. Certain sexually transmitted infections can mimic some of the symptoms of a bladder infection. If the burning sensation during urination is accompanied by any discharge, you should see a doctor.
Likewise, if you experience persistent pain and difficulty urinating, you should also see a doctor, as this can be a symptom of kidney stones or other infections.
Male bladder infections are far less common than female bladder infections.
When men reach their 50’s, they are more likely to develop a bladder infection than when they were younger. The symptoms are the same for both men and women. However, male bladder infections can be a sign of an infected prostate or of a problem with the kidneys (for example, kidney stones) that could block the flow of urine. For this reason, we’d recommend you get checked out by your GP, just in case it is something more serious.