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Trimethoprim – antibiotic treatment for Cystitis

Following a recent review by our clinical team, our doctors do not consider it appropriate to supply this treatment via an online consultation only. If you are seeking this or similar medication, we advise you to make an appointment with your regular doctor who can properly assess your suitability for treatment.

Cystitis is a bladder infection caused by bacteria. It can be treated quickly and easily with a simple course of trimethoprim antibiotic treatments. If left untreated a bladder infection can spread up the urinary tract into the kidneys.

PharmacyDoctor can provide you with a private prescription for Cystitis medication following an online consultation with our UK registered doctor.

How does trimethoprim work?

Trimethoprim is an antibiotic used to treat bacterial infections.

Trimethoprim works by preventing bacteria from reproducing. This stops infection from spreading and allows the body’s own defences to fight off infection causing bacteria.

Trimethoprim is used to treatment a number of bladder and urinary tract infections, including one-off and recurrent episodes. It is the most effective antibiotic in treating Cystitis.

Further points for consideration

Unless otherwise instructed by your doctor, you must complete your course of antibiotics and take the tablets as advised. Stopping a course early increase the chance of infection coming back and could lead to bacterial resistance to the antibiotics prescribed.

If your symptoms do not clear up despite completing treatment contact your doctor for further advice.

Side effects

Most people take trimethoprim without experiencing any side effects whatsoever. The most commonly reported side effects are:

  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Rash
  • Itching
  • Photosensitivity
  • Severe skin rashes

For a full list of side effects please consult the patient information leaflet provided with your medicines.