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Medication

You can purchase over-the-counter remedies for bacterial cystitis from your local pharmacist. These contain potassium or sodium citrate. They work by making the urine alkaline and thus easing discomfort. Check with your GP or pharmacist that these can be taken in addition to any other medication you may be taking.

If self-help methods have no effect and symptoms continue, then you should consult your GP. A short course of antibiotics may be required.

To join the discussions on which treatments have helped others, visit the COB Message Boards, BC Forum.

Intravesical Instillation treatment for Bacterial Cystitis/UTI

Intravesical treatments are placed directly into the bladder via a small catheter. These include Cystitstat®, Hyacyst® Uracyst®, iAluRil®, and Gepan® instill. Please see the section on Painful Bladder Syndrome/Interstitial Cystitis – PBS/IC Treatments for further information, Click here