Cystitis treatment

Urinary Tract Infection (UTI) / Cystitis

Bacteria that get into your urethra (a tube through which urine is passed) or bladder causes urinary tract infections. The bacteria typically arising in your bowels can cause infections in various parts of the urinary tract.

Kidney infection (Pyelonephritis): This is commonly due to an infection and needs quick medical attention. With this condition, you may feel quite ill (fever, pain in your flanks, vomiting, and sometimes blood in the urine).

Bladder infection (cystitis): This is usually due to an infection (which usually necessitates antibiotics) or due to inflammation. In women, it is a common type of urinary tract infection (UTI).

Infection of the Urethra (urethritis): You may have symptoms of cystitis as described above. This is likely due to an inflammation compared to an infection.

If you have repeated bouts of cystitis or urinary tract infections, make an appointment with your doctor for further evaluation. This would involve testing a urine sample for specific bacteria and possibly including a sexual health screening. (Some sexually transmitted infections can resemble urinary infections symptoms).

The following are the most common symptoms of cystitis:

  • When passing urine, you may experience pain, burning, or stinging sensations.
  • Increased urination at night
  • Urinating more frequently than usually
  • Feeling that urine needs to be passed right away (urgency)
  • Urine that is cloudy, darker in colour or/and has a strong odor
  • Pain in the lower abdomen
  • Urine containing blood*
  • Having a fever and other urinary symptoms*

*If you are feeling quite ill, have fever, or are passing blood in urine, this service is NOT for you; instead, a video consultation or a visit to your GP is required.

Women are more likely than men to develop cystitis because the female urethra (the tube that carries urine from the bladder) is much shorter than the male urethra. The female urethra also sits closer to the back passage. Bacteria will be able to enter the bladder more easily as a result of this. The most common cause of cystitis is E.Coli, a bacteria found in the bowel.

Some factors that can increase chances of developing cystitis:

  • Having sexual relations
  • After using the restroom, wiping from back to front rather than front to back.
  • Being over the age of 65 (10 percent of women over this age report having a UTI in the last 12 months)
  • Hormonal disorders such as Cushing's syndrome or thyroid issues
  • Pregnancy
  • Contraception methods using a diaphragm, spermicide, and condoms
  • Diabetes
  • Immune deficiency

Mild cystitis often resolves without treatment (it can take up to 5 days), and antibiotics are not always required.

It may be beneficial to do the following:

  • If you have stomach pain, take paracetamol or ibuprofen.
  • Take sachets of cystopurin (available over the counter in your pharmacy)
  • Drink plenty of water, at least 2.5 litres.
  • Place a warm water bottle on your stomach or between your thighs.
  • Avoid having sex until your infection has completely cleared.
  • When using the restroom, wipe from front to back.
  • Wash your genitals gently with a skin-sensitive soap or soap substitute.

Many women find that cranberry products help with their symptoms. There is no medical evidence to support their use, but it's worth a shot!

If your symptoms persist for more than 48 hours despite these methods, antibiotic treatment may be considered.

Request Treatment

This service allows you to request a treatment from our doctors. You will be asked a series of questions related to the treatment, after which you will be asked to pay a fee of €20. To proceed, select the required dosage and click on "Start Consultation".

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Before we prescribe you the required medication, we would like to check if this product is suitable for you. Once you fill in the questionnaire, one of our doctors will assess the answers. It will only take you up to 5 minutes to fill in the questionnaire. Once completed our doctors will assess the request and send the prescription directly to the pharmacy of your choice. Our prescriptions can be used in any Irish pharmacy. We offer a 100% refund if our doctors do not deem you suitable for this service.

We kindly ask you to be honest when you provide your answers. Contact your GP if you are unsure or need to verify any information.

If our doctors deem that we cannot prescribe the medication safely via online consultation, then you will receive a full refund and the assessing doctor will give your further advise.

Please confirm that you are 18 years or above and the prescription request is for yourself only.

  • Fever and chills
  • Pain in the middle of your back or on your sides
  • Vomiting
  • Drowsiness

This service is exclusive for Nitrofurantoin antibiotic prescriptions only. Other antibiotics and Medical Certificates cannot be obtained through this service. You can book a video consultation if this service is not suitable for you.

Informed Consent

  • If your symptoms do not improve within 48 hours of starting this treatment, or if they worsen, you should see your local GP or an out-of-hours GP.
  • Please be advised that it is best practice to inform your local GP of any treatments you receive in order to receive appropriate clinical care in the future.
  • I agree to read the patient information leaflet that comes with my medication before beginning this treatment.
  • I completely understand all of the questions and information presented. I shall contact Eirdoc if I am unsure about any part of the service before proceeding.
  • I am aware of the treatment's adverse effects, efficacy, and alternatives; and I am aware of the necessity of informing my GP about any drugs or advice I may obtain from this service so that they can continue to offer safe medical care
  • I have answered honestly and supplied complete and correct information that matches my current medical history and information, allowing the doctor to assess and advise me securely.
  • I understand and am aware of the treatment's adverse effects, efficacy, and alternatives
  • I understand that my GP needs to know about the any drug or advise obtained via this online platform to continue safe medical care.
  • I have read, understand, and agreed to the most recent terms and conditions, as well as the privacy policy.
Prescription Delivery
You will be contacted to arrange the home delivery. Orders usually take 1-2 working days to be delivered anywhere in the Republic of Ireland.
Delivery charges are as follows (to be paid when you are contacted to arrange the delivery):
Orders over €40: €2.95
Orders under €40: €4.95