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Does elmiron (pentosan) work well for interstitial cystitis?

Does elmiron (pentosan) work well for interstitial cystitis?

IC: Yes it does. Having said that, you need to do some diet modification and you may need to be carefully evaluated to rule out other painful conditions that co-exist with ic. My personal experience has been very good (for my pts).

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Dr. William Harris
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Painful Bladder Syndrome (Definition)

Pbs is also called interstitial cystitis (ic). It is a chronic condition of the bladder that causes pain in the pelvis and low abdomen. The exact cause is unknown but seems to have some correlation with endometriosis and is more common in women. There is a lot of research by urogynecology and urology trying to better understand what causes it and how to treat it. Diet has ...Read more


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I have fibre muscular dysplasia is this caused by taking the drug elmiron (pentosan) for ten years I take it for interstitial cystitis?

I have fibre muscular dysplasia is this caused by taking the drug elmiron (pentosan) for ten years I take it for interstitial cystitis?

Here are some. ..: It's natural to relate "new" health event with prior drug use. However, your clinical scenario showed you have suffered from multiple similar connective tissue-related conditions resulting from still much unknown causes. Besides, a 10-yr span has incurred much change in the body. So, it's hard to connect Elmira with fibromuscular dysplasia, which has been known to occur more in women.

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I've had severe interstitial cystitis pain for months. Doc said "tough out the pain" until elmiron (pentosan) starts working. What can I do for the pain?

I've had severe interstitial cystitis pain for months. Doc said "tough out the pain" until elmiron (pentosan) starts working. What can I do for the pain?

Dietary changes: Have you tried the ic diet? Replace all your beverages with flat water. Stay away from citrus, caffeine, carbonation, spicy and acidic foods. Basically avoid any foods or drinks that could cause heartburn and this could help your bladder. Other considerations would be cystoscope with hydro distention, installations, interstim, or other meds.

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I have interstitial cystitis im suppose to take elmiron (pentosan) medicine but im afraid to because the side effect is hair loss and I already lose to much hair?

I have interstitial cystitis im suppose to take elmiron (pentosan) medicine but im afraid to because the side effect is hair loss and I already lose to much hair?

Hair loss: Hair loss is a potential side effect but does not affect everyone. Save the hair from you brush/comb for one week in a bag then start elmiron (pentosan) and save hair for one week after taking elm iron and see if any difference.

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Does cysta q work for interstitial cystitis?

Does cysta q work for interstitial cystitis?

Yes: For some patients work as long as they stick with diet modification.

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Which treatment works the best and fastest for interstitial cystitis?

IC treatments: Simple things like limiting caffeine and soda is a start. There are no magic fixes for ic but there is no test that can tell you have it...Other things need to be ruled out first...A urologist is the best doc to start with...

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Have mild lupus. Urine dip showed moderate blood. Otherwise normal. I have also very well controlled interstitial cystitis. Should assume it's from the IC?

Have mild lupus. Urine dip showed moderate blood. Otherwise normal. I have also very well controlled interstitial cystitis. Should assume it's from the IC?

Hematuria: Its to find out if the source of blood in urine is kidneys or bladder. You just ask for microscopic exam of urine. RBCs from kidney in the urine are deformed or form castes or rouleaux. It's not so if the source of those red blood cells is bladder.

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Can I still work if I have interstitial cystitis?

Can I still work if I have interstitial cystitis?

Yes: Depending on how symptomatic you are you can go to work. Talk to your urologist about local anesthetic that can be injected into the bladder to relieve discomfort and pain.

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Good ways to cope with an interstitial cystitis (painful bladder syndrome) sufferer?

Diet, diet& diet: Mainly sticking to the diet. U can try Pyridium and prelief during flares, take zantac (ranitidine) and Tums regularly, elmirontherapy if indicated. Cysta q is a herbal supplement u can try pelvic floor therapy and aerobic exercise are good. Manage endometriosis, ibs, and allergies aggressively.

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Are there any good home remedies for interstitial cystitis?

Yes: There are many ways to help with the symptoms. Dietary modifications help some people. I would check out http://www. Ichelp. Org for more information.

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I've had a cystoscopy to rule out interstitial cystitis but am still having chronic pain in the abdomen and through the urethra as well as into my vaginal area. I feel the need to urinate frequently and am still seeing doctors to try to figure this out.

See complete answer: Pelvic pain can be multifactorial. There is often more than one thing that is contributing to the problem. Sources can include gi, gu, reproductive, musculoskeletal and other issues. It may take a number of physicians and diagnostic tests to determine the problem.

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I have interstitial cystitis and im taking cipro (ciprofloxacin) for uti plus I take methadone 4 the pain caused by interstitial cystitis will the pain med work?

I have interstitial cystitis and im taking cipro (ciprofloxacin) for uti plus I take methadone 4 the pain caused by interstitial cystitis will the pain med work?

Consult urologist: Methadone seems a little "over the top" for treating IC pain & risk of opiate addiction. High dose ibuprofen, naproxen, lidocaine patch or vaginal diazepam all worth trying first.? consult pain clinic. Hope UR on bland IC diet, avoid alcohol, smoking, caffeine, acidic beverages, spicy foods etc. Also have been tried on various IC meds such as amytriptyline or pentosan polysulfate (Elmiron)

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How can I treat interstitial cystitis?

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.

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How do you treat interstitial cystitis?

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.

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What is interstitial cystitis caused by?

What is interstitial cystitis caused by?

Breakdown in GAG: There is a breakdown in the gag layer of the bladder. Gag stands for glucoseaminoglycan and it is a microscopic layer that is supposed to help with protection of the mucous layer of the bladder. There is a lot of research going into this area and there is a significant connection between interstitial cystitis and endometriosis. Right now we are managing the symptoms as best we can. No cure yet!

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Do you know what interstitial cystitis is?

Do you know what interstitial cystitis is?

InterstitialCystitis: It is a chronic inflammatory condition of the bladder. There is no clear cut knowledge of what causes this condition. Theories have been autoimmune, diet, allergies, inflammatory conditions Resources: http://kidney. Niddk. Nih. Gov/kudiseases/pubs/interstitialcystitis/ www. Ichelp. Org www. Ic-network. Com Diagnosis can be made by urogynecologist or urologist

Interstitial Cystitis (Definition)

Also called interstitial cystitis, this is a chronic condition of the bladder that causes pain in the pelvis and low abdomen. The exact cause is unknown but seems to have some correlation with endometriosis and is more common in women. Ongoing research by urogynecologists and urologists are trying to better understand what causes it and how to treat it. Diet has ...Read more


Dr. Adam Lewis
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Urinary Tract Infection (Definition)

A urinary tract infection, also known as an UTI, may involve the kidney, ureter, bladder, or urethra. A common cause is an intestinal bacteria, E. coli. Common symptoms include a frequent urge to urinate, and pain or burning when urinating. Antibiotics are typically ...Read more