How is cystitis treated?
Depending on your health and your symptoms, you may be advised to use self-care measures like drinking plenty of water. If the doctor thinks you need treatment, antibiotics are usually the first course of treatment, because they are effective at killing the bacteria that causes the infection.
You will need to take antibiotics for at least 3 days. This might be a bit longer if you have a severe infection or for certain groups of people, like if you are pregnant. Always finish the full course of antibiotics to make sure that your infection goes away completely.
What antibiotics treat cystitis?
Nitrofurantoin (or MacroBid) is the recommended first treatment of choice. Trimethoprim used to be one of the most common antibiotics prescribed for cystitis, but has become less effective at treating cystitis due to antibiotic resistance. The National Institute of Health and Care Excellence has determined trimethoprim is no longer the best treatment for cystitis.
Nitrofurantoin is sold as MacroBid. This antibiotic works by killing the bacteria that causes cystitis. It can be ordered online from the Superdrug Online Doctor. If you are unsure if you have cystitis try our UTI TestCard, a simple at home test that gives you a fast and accurate answer.
Can you cure cystitis in one day?
Antibiotics are the fastest and most effective way to treat cystitis in women. You will find relief from burning and pain within 1 to 3 days. It takes a bit of time for it to go away completely, as the antibiotics do not work instantly. To help speed up this process you should drink plenty of water, pass urine as often as you need to, and avoid drinking coffee, alcohol, citrus juices and sugary drinks.
What’s the best treatment for cystitis?
The best antibiotic treatment for cystitis is nitrofurantoin, which is commonly sold as Macrobid. Clinical studies have shown that nitrofurantoin is up to 92% effective in treating cystitis, and only 3% of samples of the bacteria that cause cystitis showed resistance to this treatment.
Trimethoprim was another antibiotic that was offered for cystitis, but is no longer the recommended treatment as the bacteria which causes cystitis has developed resistance to the drug. In a clinical trial it was found that 34% of samples of the bacteria that causes cystitis was resistant to this treatment, which is why nitrofurantoin is more commonly prescribed.
Can treatment stop cystitis infections permanently?
There is no treatment that will stop cystitis for good, but you can take preventative measures which will reduce the risk of the bladder infection coming back.
These measures include:
- avoiding perfumed bubble bath, soap, or talcum powder around your genitals
- having a shower rather than a bath
- emptying your bladder fully when you go for a pee, and as soon as you can after sex
- drinking plenty of fluids
- wiping your bottom from front to back
- wearing underwear made from cotton
- avoiding tight jeans and trousers
How is cystitis treated in men?
Because cystitis is uncommon in men, it can be more serious or indicate another problem, so must be treated with antibiotics straight away. You must visit your doctor to get an assessment and antibiotics. Make sure you drink plenty of water and do not have sex until all your symptoms have gone away. Take ibuprofen or paracetamol for pain.
We do not offer treatment for cystitis for men, as they cannot be treated online but must have an assessment with a doctor in person, and a urine (pee) sample. If you think you may have a bladder infection and you are male, you must visit your doctor for treatment.
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