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I used to get cystitis a lot, at least every 2 months and some of those infections turned into kidney infections so you can imagine that I've tried and tested an awful lot of products.
The product comes in a box with 6 sachets and you are supposed to dissolve one sachet in 200ml of water, then drink it. Do that 3 times a day for 2 days and drink plenty of water too to flush out any bacteria and you should be fine. The first few times I had this infection these sachets worked, after that they didn't and I had to go to the doctor and get antibiotics. So if you just get this occasionally then these are great and very handy to keep at home too. They are around £5 a pack and readily available over the counter.
Some people (including myself) don't like the taste. They come in various fruit flavours but the actual drink tastes soapy. It makes perfect sense as the drink is trying to neutralise the acidity of you urine (that's why it stings when you wee). But after the 2nd or so drink I find it really hard to swallow this stuff. It makes me wanna throw up. If you find something similar you may be better off with tablets but these can take longer to work. And when you've had cystitis you know you don't wanna wait around. You want fast relief, and these drink offer that.
Overall they are great if you suffer from cystitis just the once or twice. After the 2nd or 3rd time I would recommend looking for other products, seeing your doctor and trying to find the cause (it took me years!!!).
Unfortunately I am a regular sufferer of cystitis. I have discovered ways and means to minimise it, and learnt to spot the symptoms earlier. Sometimes with more mild bouts I have discovered over the counter remedies can work instead of having to go and see the doctor. Please please bear in mind with this I am only a regular person taking this. I can give no medical advice, so if you are ever ill, please seek professional advice, rather than going just on what I say!
Ok, disclaimer over!
So, I normally buy the Tesco own version of a cystits release. On this particular occasion they had sold out and I was desperate. I walked to my local chemist and picked up these. The Cystopurin granules. They cost over four pounds, whereas the tesco own version contains just as many sachets and costs only one pound.
The product comes in a small cardboard box (great for recycling) insode the box are six sachets. The idea it to take one three times a day dissolved in a small amount of water (200mls) I have found that the less water you use the more effective these are. I always find it needs a good stir to get all the granules into solution.
I don't find the taste horrible, but my cousin does. It is kind of sweet, and is designed to taste like cranberry, but I also think it has a raspberry edge to it. It isn't a pleasure to drink, but the benefits out weigh the taste. I have to take about three days worth of this product before I see a real difference. It is soothing to the bladder, takes the pain away and no longer makes me feel inflammed.
For me this product has been fantastic at curing the more mild versions of cystitis I have had. Without it I would have had to go and see the doctor many more times, wasting his, and my time. I would definitely recommend this product, however there is no difference for me in this and the Tesco own version, so I shall be sticking to that in future.
Cystopurin granules are for the treatment of cystitis in women and should be dissolved into a glass of water and consumed as a drink 3 times a day for 2 days. The granules are divided up into 6 little sachets making it easy to use.
The dissolved granules make a cranberry flavoured drink although it does have a bit of an aftertaste - not salty like some cystitis treatments though (which can only be a good thing!) as the product contains pottasium citrate rather than sodium citrate of some of the cheaper alternatives. Being a long-time sufferer of cystitis I've used this product on many occassions and have found that whether or works or not depends on the severity of the cystitis I'm experiencing. As I've had it so many times I can usually tell when I'm starting to develop a bout - uncomfortable feeling in my lower tummy, perhaps needing the loo just a little too quickly after having been already. If I start using this BEFORE I next go to the loo and hold off going until I know I actually need to go.....then cystopurin will usually halt the progress of the cystitis before I get into real discomfort. Equally if I start taking it shortly after the first symptoms really do develop - pain on urination, urge to go to the loo every 30 seconds - then it usually works within 24hrs and I have no further problems. On the other hand, if the cystitis is already bad (say I've had it all day and haven't been able to get any granules until the evening) then cystopurin usually takes the edge off the symptoms, making my life bearable again, but doesn't make it go away. For some unknown reason I've found straight, liquid potassium citrate from Boots (you have to ask for it) works much better. I don't know if the concentration is stronger but the same 2 day course using the liquid stuff 8/10 will work just fine (2/10 I need antibiotics).
Cystopurin Granules are for the treatment of cystitis in women (it specifically says in women only). Its not for children under six and you can't take it if you are pregnant or have kidney desease. All that said, it works! Cystitis is inflamation of the bladder which can sometimes affect the whole of the utrinary tract. Its a horrible condition and the main symptom, apart from the stinging, burning pain, is the need to pass water very frequently. If this condition is ignored infection and eventually kidney damage can occur. You get 6 sachets of Cystopurin which you should disolve in water. Each packet contains potassium citrate to decrease the acidity of the urine and thus reduce the pain, and cranberry extract. Cranberry has been shown to be beneficial to the urinary tract. It takes about 12 hours before you get some relief and 48 to clear. If you have taken the full course, 6 packets over 48 hours and still have a problem it is wise to see a doctor. If you are prone to this condition or want to safeguard yourself against (men as well), a daily glass of cranberry juice can help.
For the relief of symptoms of cystitis in women only / Consult your doctor first if you have had kidney disease, and during pregnancy / Not recommended for children under six