This service is for women under the age of 65 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 MacroBid® antibiotics to treat cystitis. This antibiotic is highly effective in treating bladder infections and symptoms usually improve within 24 hours.
If you think you have the symptoms of cystitis or a UTI, but you're not quite sure, you can order our TestCard bundle. This is a simple at-home test you can take to find out if you have a UTI (Urinary tract infection) that also includes treatment.
Last reviewed: 23/4/2020 by Dr Simran Deo
The antibiotic MacroBid rarely cause side effects.
In rare cases, side effects can include:
How you treat your cystitis depends on a few different things, including:
If it’s your first time
How bad your cystitis is
Whether you are pregnant
If it’s your first time getting cystitis – then you need to go to your doctor for a check up. They can make sure it’s definitely cystitis symptoms you’re having and not something else, potentially more serious. If you’ve had cystitis before, you can either treat it at home, or by ordering antibiotics online, or from your GP.
If you have cystitis that’s a bit more severe than normal – it’s a good idea to get antibiotics to help you sort it out. If you leave cystitis symptoms untreated, you can run the risk of getting a more serious kidney infection. As long as it’s not your first time getting cystitis, you can order treatment online, otherwise you should go to your GP for treatment.
If you think you have cystitis symptoms but you’re also very hot (fever), having pain in your kidney area (below your ribs on either side of your back), or you’re shivering, feeling sick, or vomiting, these are signs of a possible serious kidney infection. If this happens you should see a doctor as soon as possible – through an urgent appointment or A&E.
If you’re pregnant and you get cystitis – you should see your GP, even if you’ve had cystitis before. This is because for you, cystitis will have some extra risks involved which can affect you or your baby
If you think you may have cystitis or a UTI, you can take a quick test at home to find out with TestCard.
A TestCard is a simple test you can take at home to check if you have a UTI. It works similarly to other testing strips or UTI dip tests that you have used before. TestCard uses an app on your phone to give your doctors a fast and accurate diagnosis.
TestCard works with a variety of different mobile devices. You can check the table below to see if your device is compatible. If your device is listed here, you can download and use TestCard’s services.
|iphone||11||11 Max||11 Max|
|6||6 S||6 Plus|
|Samsung||Galaxy S8||Galaxy S7||Galaxy A5|
|Huawei||Mate 20 Lite|
You will also need to make sure you have an up to date operating system installed on your device for TestCard to work. For the iPhone, this requires iOS 11+, and for Android, you’ll need Android 6+.
Short-term cystitis is usually the result of a urinary tract infection (UTI) which is normally caused by bacteria. Bacteria can get into the urinary tract in a few different ways, and they are more likely to cause an infection there if there’s already irritation, or your immune system is weaker than usual.
Antibiotics are a kind of medication that affect how bacteria grow and multiply. When you take certain antibiotics while you have cystitis, the antibiotics will make it harder for the bacteria causing your UTI to survive, helping your body to get rid of the infection.
You can’t get antibiotics for cystitis over the counter. But, if you’ve only got mild cystitis, then over the counter painkillers can help you manage the symptoms while your body continues to fight the infection.
There are also some over the counter supplements that you can try as home remedies for cystitis. See the ‘Can you treat cystitis with bicarbonate of soda or other home remedies?’ section below for more info.
Yes – mild cystitis doesn’t always need antibiotics. Just make sure to drink plenty of water and use painkillers or home remedies.
If it’s a serious case of cystitis, antibiotics are the safest option. This is to prevent serious cystitis infections spreading to your kidneys.
There are some home remedies you can try to help improve your symptoms and possibly help speed up how fast your body fights the infection, including:
Pass urine whenever you need to – holding it in can make things worse.
It’s possible for your body to clear the infection very quickly, but it’s not something you can easily control.
Antibiotics can usually get to work 1 to 3 doses after you start taking them; this is usually after 24 to 48 hours. If you order online with Superdrug Online Doctor, your medication could be ready to collect in store the same day you order. You can also order for express delivery and get it sent to your door on the next working day.
Overall, the best way to get rid of cystitis fast is to rest, drink plenty of water, pass urine as often as you need to, and avoid drinking coffee, alcohol, citrus juices and sugary drinks.
Cystitis means ‘inflammation of the bladder’ and can be caused by a urinary tract infection, (UTI). So a UTI can cause cystitis, but cystitis (or inflammation of the bladder) can be caused by other things.
One main difference is that if you get long-term (interstitial) cystitis, this isn’t usually caused by a UTI, so antibiotics aren’t going to work. Home remedies can still help, but there aren’t a lot of medication options available.
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