Cystitis - recurrent; Urinary tract infection - recurrent; UTI - recurrent
If patients have recurrent infections despite the altering of habits that might lead to infection, several methods may help prevent recurrences. These include taking an antibiotic after sexual intercourse, taking an antibiotic when symptoms of cystitis arise, or taking an antibiotic on a daily basis even when healthy.
A physician should direct care in these circumstances, as the use of antibiotics can lead to resistance of bacteria to medication over time. Patients should note that certain antibiotics used to treat cystitis also make birth control pills less effective.