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Three days of antibiotics is enough for uncomplicated cystitis

BMJ 2006; 332 doi: (Published 02 March 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;332:0-e

Research question How long should you treat women with uncomplicated cystitis?

Answer Three days of antibiotics is enough to relieve symptoms. A longer course (5-10 days) is more likely to achieve bacteriological cure but causes more side effects than a shorter course

Why did the authors do the study? Randomised trials suggest that a short course of antibiotics works as well as more prolonged treatment for women with uncomplicated cystitis. But most trials were small and may have missed important differences be the two approaches.

What did they do? The authors did a systematic search for all randomised trials comparing a short course (three days) of any antibiotic with longer treatment (median …

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