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Urinary tract infection

Urinary tract infection

What is cystitis?

Cystitis is inflammation of the lining of the bladder. Cystitis is usually caused by a bacterial infection from a variety of sources. It can affect women and men, but is much more common in women. Although cystitis may be related to sex, it is not a sexually transmitted infection.

Cystitis is more common in pregnant women, sexually active women and women after the menopause, but it can happen at any age. Around one in three women will have at least one bout of cystitis before they are 24 years old. Cystitis is less common and a potentially more serious condition for men. This online service can only be used for the treatment of female patients.

What are the symptoms?

Symptoms include:

Pain, burning or stinging feelings when passing urine Needing to pee frequently and urgently, but only passing small amounts Urine which is dark, cloudy, or contains traces of blood Pain directly above the pubic bone, or in the lower back or abdomen Pain in the pelvis area or between the vagina and anus

How does the treatment work?

Nitrofurantoin is used to treat or prevent certain types of bacterial infections. It works by killing certain types of bacteria. One of its main uses is to treat bacterial urinary tract infections (UTIs). A short course of Nitrofurantoin two times a days for 3 days is very effective at treating cystitis.

How to take?

One capsule, twice a day for 3 days. Swallow the tablets with a glass of water at the same times each day.

Side effects?

Nitrofurantoin is usually well tolerated with the majority of patients experiencing minor or no side effects.

In rare cases, side effects can include:

Skin rashes
Read the patient information leaflet for a full list of side effects.

Patient information

Always read the patient information leaflet before commencing treatment. https://www.medicines.org.uk/emc/medicine/22353

Service details

Price: Small charge

Pharmacy Details

Meiklejohn Pharmacy
141-143 Harrowden Road
MK42 0RU

01234 353630
01234 353671