Urinary Tract Infections

Your pharmacist can advise you on the best treatment of this common condition.

Urinary Tract Infections (UTIs) occur when bacteria infect your bladder and urinary tract and cause inflammation of the lining which can be painful.

Accredited pharmacists can supply antibiotics (nitrofurantoin or trimethoprim) without a prescription, but only under specific circumstances and in limited quantities.

Talk to your pharmacist about this discreet and confidential service.

Signs and symptoms 

Signs and symptoms of a UTI may include:

  • Burning or stinging when passing urine.
  • Need to pass urine more often.
  • Passing only small amounts of urine at a time.
  • Fever, feeling unwell, chills, vomiting.
  • Blood in the urine.
  • Discoloured, smelly or cloudy urine.
  • Pain in the lower stomach or lower back.

Men and children with symptoms of a urinary tract infection must always see their doctor.