Cystitis is an inflammation of the lining of the bladder, typically caused by a bacterial infection.
Symptoms of cystitis include:
• Burning sensation or discomfort on passing urine
• Urge to pass urine more frequently
• Lower abdominal discomfort
• Cloudy urine
• Urine that smells offensive
• Small traces of blood in the urine
Cystitis can resolve on its own accord within 48 hours and measures such as drinking plenty of fluid to flush out the bacteria and using pain relief such as paracetamol is sometimes sufficient.
However, if you have three or more of the symptoms above, then treatment with an antibiotic called trimethoprim may also be suitable for you.
Trimethoprim is an antibiotic which kills the bacteria causing the infection and irritation in the lining of your bladder and urethra. The tablets are to be taken twice daily (every 12 hours) for 3 days and as with all antibiotics, it is important that you finish the course to prevent antibiotic resistance.
This treatment is only available for use in women; cystitis in men can be more serious and needs medical attention.
Some sexually transmitted diseases can also cause cystitis and it is important to see your doctor regarding symptoms such as vaginal sores, persistent itching or pelvic pain.
In addition, if you develop a high fever or have severe back pain you must go and see your doctor in person. Symptoms such as these indicate that your infection is more serious.
Trimethoprim is usually well tolerated in most patients. Side effects may include:
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