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Urology in focus

Talking about your bladder and going to the toilet are usually culturally taboo subjects – but that is not to say that bladder problems are rare. When you experience issues, it is important to know that you are not alone and that support is out there to help you when you need it.

When you initially experience the symptoms of bladder irritation/infection or cystitis, your local pharmacist will be able to offer advice and talk to you about treatments that are available over-the-counter. If the problem is more serious, or persists, then you should consult your GP who will be able to prescribe stronger medication.

More serious forms of the condition are interstitial cystitis and recurrent bacterial cystitis.

  • Interstitial Cystitis is characterised by recurring discomfort or pain in the bladder and the surrounding pelvic region. It is thought to be a result of chronic inflammation and degeneration of the bladder wall.
  • Recurrent Bacterial Cystitis is characterised by repeated episodes of urinary tract infections, sometimes called UTIs. These may also be linked to damage in the lining of the bladder.

For the treatment of interstitial cystitis and recurrent bacterial cystitis, Teva markets Cystistat® (sodium hyaluronate solution), a CE marked class III medical device.

Support for patients with urological conditions

We believe that supporting patients with urolgical conditions is vital and also complex. As well as playing our part, we know that charities and other patient organisations provide valuable support too, that's why we also point you in their direction.

  • More information and support for patients with urological conditions can be accessed through the main patient charities in the UK, The Urological Foundation and The Cystistis and Overactive Bladder Foundation where valuable support and advice is available to patients, carers and their families.
  • You can also connect with patients who have urological conditions through patient communities such as Patients like me and Patient.co.uk. Sharing experiences and finding other patients who have the same concerns and outlook as you do can provide reassurance and support when you need it most.

Supporting patients now and in the future

We continue to explore opportunities to expand into other treatments for urological conditions. Our intent remains, as always, to provide patients with the most effective and safest treatments for their diseases.

Our work with patients, and our experience in this area of therapy, means we are really well placed to invest in extensive research into potential medicines to cure or help alleviate the many symptoms of urological conditions, to offer patients a wider choice of treatments.