Symptoms related to uncomplicated lower UTIs such as Cystitis in females can be adequately treated with cystitis relief measures such as either alkali-based neutralizing cystitis sachets or antibiotics.

  • Alkali Salts: these are available in sachets for dissolving in a glass of water and work to relieve cystitis symptoms by neutralizing the acidic environment produced by bacteria within the bladder. It is important to note this treatment only provides symptom relief but does not have any antibiotic effect. Examples include Cymalon, CanesOasis, and Cystopurin.
  • Antibiotics: short three-day courses with antibiotics such as Nitrofurantoin is widely considered first line treatment for uncomplicated Cystitis. Trimethoprim may be considered in those who cannot tolerate Nitrofurantoin as both are highly effective in treating uncomplicated Cystitis.

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Authored Dec 21, 2017 by Joseph Issac, MPharm
Reviewed Jun 27, 2022 by Prabjeet Saundh, MPharm