Product Type: Actavis in Health Therapies / Treatments
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Not discreet but it works!
Member Name: Holland1
Advantages: It works! Not too expensive, only takes 2 days to clear symptoms
Disadvantages: Not very discreet, doesn't taste great
A few weeks ago I was in the unfortunate position of experiencing some discomfort caused by cystitis. I've had it before, so I recognised it after a few days of constantly going to the toilet to pass water, a burning sensation when doing so, and just general discomfort in "that area".
Cystitis is an infection of the bladder which is predominantly occurs in women, although men can also from it (so can cats as I once discovered during an annual vet visit with my mog). The main symptoms as described above are a frequent need to urinate, and a burning sensation when doing so. It can affect anyone at any age, and can be a more serious condition for men so it's worth checking out if it's recurring or particularly uncomfortable, or if symptoms persist after a course of over the counter treatment.
Having had cystitis before, I recognised the symptoms and headed off to the pharmacy where I knew I'd find over the counter sachets to relieve the symptoms. I went to Superdrug, where there were about three brands on offer (including Superdrug's own brand), but in all honesty there wasn't a big enough difference in price to make me want to risk getting a product which wasn't as effective as the branded one, so I bought these Cymalon sachets.
The sachets cost me around £4 for a pack of 6, which is one course of treatment. It comes in a colourful box, with purple coloured edges and a splash of blue on the front. It has 'Cymalon' written across the front in quite large purple font which isn't overly discreet but I wasn't planning on waving them round the office so this didn't bother me too much.
The idea is that the sachets offer fast, effective relief from the symptoms of cystitis, by neutralising the urine acidity during an attack. It contains sodium citrate if anyone is interested in the science part! You should take all the sachets, three per day for two days, even if your symptoms get better after taking the first sachet. It's only by completing the entire course that your bout of cystitis will clear so be sure to take them all.
The sachets are diluted in water so you can take them as a normal drink. The sachets themselves are white with no writing on them, so they are quite discreet. The drink itself isn't, however, because if you dissolve the powder into a glass, it makes a white coloured liquid which will probably attract the attention of your colleagues! To avoid anyone asking what I was drinking, I used to take one at home before going to work, had one after lunch in a mug in the staffroom when nobody was around, and then the final one of the day at home. Luckily, I mainly work with women so I wasn't too worried about anyone asking questions, but it could have been embarrassing if a male colleague asked "That looks interesting, what is it?"!
The drink doesn't taste powdery, although you do have to keep stirring it occasionally because the powder doesn't dissolve too well and sinks to the bottom giving you a nasty surprise on your final sip. I was expecting it to taste of cranberry for some reason (maybe because of the purple colours on the box), but instead it just tasted 'fruity' and I couldn't put my finger on what it tasted of. I've since looked on the box and apparently it should taste of lemons. It wasn't too unpleasant to taste but it wasn't something I'd choose to drink if I didn't have to.
After the first day of taking the sachets, I felt my symptoms ease a little. The second day I was back to normal, but I continued with the treatment to make sure. The symptoms then disappeared completely so I was happy that it was £4 well spent!
Although this isn't the nicest tasting medicine, nor is it the most discreet, I think the most important thing is that it works, so for that it gets four stars and comes highly recommended.
Summary: A painless way to relieve your cystitis symptoms