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Over the counter remedies for cystitis

Updated April 17, 2017

Cystitis is the medical term for a bladder infection. Cystitis can cause bladder pain, often paired with a fever. The most important thing you can do when you have an infection is to drink lots of water. But there also are some non-prescription medicines and treatments that may help with the symptoms.

Pain relief

For pain relief, paracetamol or ibuprofen may help relieve the pain and reduce your fever. Take up to 400 mg every four to six hours, not to exceed more than 1200 mg a day. For paracetamol, adults may take up to 650 mg every four hours.

Anti-spasm medicines

Pyridium is typically used for bladder infections and relieves burning, urgency, pain and discomfort. It decreases the spasming of the bladder. Pyridium is not a medicine that kills the bacteria causing cystitis, but is used only as symptomatic relief. Talk to your doctor before taking the medication.

All natural treatments

Bell's bladder and yeast infection capsules claim to help kill the bacteria associated with bladder infections. The product contains D-Mannose, pumpkin seed, uva ursi, buchu leaf, hydrangea and golden seal.

At home, try ingesting cranberry juice and yoghurt. Yoghurt contains acidophilus, which is known to help healthy bacteria grow. Cranberry juice interacts with E.coli bacteria, keeping it from overproducing and creating infections. Cranberry juice can be bought in juice form, capsules or tinctures.

Bladder Irritation is sold over the counter and claims to relieve burning and painful urination symptoms. It can be found at most health food shops.

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Maria Richmond has been a North Carolina-based freelance writer since the late 1990s. She writes children's books, fiction, non-fiction and has begun work on her autobiography. She currently writes medical articles and has had over three hundred published between the different companies she writes for.