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A 36-year-old member asked:

How do you treat interstitial cystitis?

3 doctor answers9 doctors weighed in
Dr. Stephen Chinn
Urology 39 years experience
Treating IC: It depends on the degree/extent of the condition in an individual: in mild cases aggressive hydration and avoidance of dietary "triggers" (potassium/spicy/acidic foods) may be enough. "hydrodistention" is noted to stimulate repair in some pts. The only fda approved medication is elmiron (pentosan). Some patients respond to intravesical tx and some may lose the bladders.....
Dr. George Klauber
Specializes in Pediatric Urology
Cystectomy, surgery to remove the bladder, should be avoided at all costs, otherwise I agree with Dr. Chinn. Suggest you check the website: ichelp.com
Aug 16, 2012
Dr. Abraham Morse
A Verified Doctoranswered
29 years experience
See a physician: Ic can be tricky to diagnose and treat. It is best to seek out a specialist. A urologist or urogynecologist. It is often possible to get relief.
Dr. Ralph Morgan Lewis
Family Medicine 39 years experience
IC: Treatment for ic is involved and may take months for true relief. A urologist is best suited for all the options: kegel exercises; meds.
Dr. George Klauber
Specializes in Pediatric Urology
Suggest you find a urologist who is interested in IC and is prepared to spend enough time discussing all the options. Also please check out: ichelp.com. In the mean time try a bland diet avoiding fried or spicy foods, avoid caffeine and acid urine producing foods and beverages such as OJ, tomatoes & tomato sauce.
Aug 16, 2012

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What can I use other than narcotics to treat the interstitial cystitis pain?

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Dr. Alfredo Nieves
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Ic pain: Pain related to ic is better treated with medications like elmiron, (pentosan) hydroxyzine, bladder installations, change in diet, biofeedback, Gabapentin among others.
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What should I do to treat cystitis?

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Dr. Mitchell Schuster
Urogynecology 33 years experience
Increase water: If it is a true cystitis, bacteria is in the bladder and causing an infection and antibiotics are often needed but some times certain foods/drinks can irritate the bladder and make it feel like cystitis or inflammation of the bladder. Increasing water and decreasing acidic foods and drinks can help with the symptoms also.
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Interstitial cystitis -- what is it?

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Dr. Lester Thompson
Pathology 34 years experience
Bladder inflammation: The bladder has several layers, starting from the lining, through the muscle to the serosa (outer lining). The "interstitium" is between the muscle bundles. An inflammation of this area, results in "cystitis". It does not mean an infections, but it often is.

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