Newest Review: ... They help to relive the symptoms of cystitis within a shorter space of time. Canesten Oasis comes in a small cardboard box featuring th... more
Oasis works wonders
Member Name: PerfectPeaches
Advantages: Easy to take
Disadvantages: Doesn't taste great
Quite a few years ago I used to suffer with cystitis quite often. It used to drive me to despair, it was so uncomfortable it really effected me on a daily basis. For those that don't know cystitis is the inflammation of the bladder and it makes you want to go to the toilet more often and it can making going to the toilet uncomfortable and possibly painful which lets face it, that's not nice!
The main reasons why cystitis occurs is smoking, vigorous sex, not drinking enough, hormonal changes and scented toiletries such as soaps, shower gels etc. My reason was not drinking enough as well as coming on when I was stressed. Apart from the age old remedy of drinking cranberry juice, I wanted something else as constantly drinking cranberry juice was making me need the toilet even more!
Whilst in my local pharmacy I was recommended to cry Canesten Oasis. At that point I would have tried everything! Canesten is a well known name and more commonly known for its thrush products. Canesten Oasis are little sachets of cranberry flavoured powder which contain sodium citrate. They help to relive the symptoms of cystitis within a shorter space of time.
Canesten Oasis comes in a small cardboard box featuring the Canesten logo together with an image of water having just had something drop into it, to give the ripple effect. On the back of the box there is the information about the product as well as dosage instructions as well as who should not take the sachets. Inside the box there is a more detailed leaflet about the product should you need a little more info.
In each box you get 6 sachets as it gives you a 2 day course. The sachets themselves are about the same size of a business card and have a similar theme as to the packaging. To use a sachet you simply need to tear the top off and pour into a glass of water and then simply drink. The powder itself is fine and has a very pale pink colour to it and once dissolved you do find that some of it just sinks to the bottom of your glass so you do need to keep stirring it.
Unfortunately like most medicines it doesn't taste wonderful and certainly has that medicine taste - it reminded me somewhat of chewing on a paracetemol which is certainly not pleasant. Although when you do drink it it does have a gentle fruity smell to it so if you concentrate on that then it won't be too bad! To get the best of the product you are advised to take 3 sachets a day and should the symptoms not improve after the 2 day course then you will need to go to the doctor.
Canesten advise that you should start to feel a little relief within a few hours and I can fortunately say that I felt relief within around an hour! It certainly makes drinking something tasting so vile definitely worth it. Despite feeling better after the first day I did ensure I completed the course just in case. You could of course disguise the powder in a glass of fruit squash should you really hate the taste but if you just drink it quickly then you shouldn't even notice it!
Overall, Canesten Oasis has helped me many times and most recently I had cystitis a few months ago due to being very stressed and not drinking enough during the day and instead of feeling low about it I headed to my stash of sachets and within a few hours I was feeling better. The sachets together with pints of water really does make a difference, especially to me anyway. So they are not the best tasting product on the market but for a few seconds drinking a glass of water it takes so much discomfort away. I couldn't recommend them highly enough!
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Price: From £3.40 up to £8.10 - worth shopping around
Availability: Most pharmacies both in store and online
Summary: An effective product to combat cystitis