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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). ...Read more

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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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... ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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) ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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! ...Read more

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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 ...Read more

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How do I know if I have interstitial cystitis?

CYSTOSCOPY: CYSTOSCOPY which is direct visualization of the bladder by a urologist. The bladder will have many microscopic nicks and tears. It can be very tough to treat. I recommend focus on hydration 60-80 oz water/dy. Monitoring urine PH to keep at level 7.4-7.6 (pHion. Com). Meds that are effective Zyrtec (cetirizine) /Zantac /Singulair &tramadol. Also in stilling bladder with dmso. ...Read more

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What do you recommend for interstitial cystitis?

Medicine in bladder: While a low acid diet and some oral medications will help ic, what I have found to be the fastest way to make a bladder feel better is to inject medicine directly into the bladder. These are called "instillations" and we use a variety of drugs, usually a local anesthetic and either elmiron, (pentosan) heparin, or steroids. It's important to do this along with a multifaceted treatment program. ...Read more

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How to know if I have got interstitial cystitis?

See your doctor: Diagnosis of interstitial cystitis require exclusion of infection, urinary stone, urinary tumors and other urinary pathology. Please consult this site for more info.
http://www. Mayoclinic. Org/diseases-conditions/interstitial-cystitis/basics/definition/con-20022439 ...Read more

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Which foods affect interstitial cystitis the most?

Which foods affect interstitial cystitis the most?

See list: Alcohol, artificial sweeteners, coffee, citrus juices, cranberry juice, hot peppers, side and spicy food. However, not everyone will "flare" with everything on the list. Some people will flair with items not on the list. I would suggest a food diary and an elimination diet. These tools will help you gain control over your life. ...Read more

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How do you prove someone has interstitial cystitis?

How do you prove someone has interstitial cystitis?

Definitive?: With cystoscopy under anesthesia but exam and history can usually prove about 90% accurate. ...Read more

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What are the primary symptoms of interstitial cystitis?

What are the primary symptoms of interstitial cystitis?

Pain & frequency: Bladder or pelvic or retropubic pain increasing with bladder filling and relieved temporarily and/or partially by urinating. Frequent urination by day and night. Blood in urine. Bladder pain provoked by acid urine producing foods and beverages such as oj or tomato paste, fried or spicy foods or caffeine. Suggest you check: www. Interstitialcystitisassociation. Com. ...Read more

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Why have I never heard of interstitial cystitis before?

Don't know: Ic is usually a matter discussed between patient and health care provider. However, having ic does not carry the stigmata of sexually transmitted disease. Interestingly, there are a number of urologists who don't believe that ic can occur in chidren and it certainly can. ...Read more

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How likely is interstitial cystitis passed on to children?

Not likely: Interstitial cystitis is not considered a hereditary disease. The cause of i.C. Is not known. There may be a gene that makes one more prone to getting i.C., but such a gene has not been found. If one's i.C. Is due to a second disease, such as some autoimmune disease, that second disease may be familial and cause i.C. To run in that particular family. The role of environmental factors is not known. ...Read more

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Is it possible to have interstitial cystitis, but no pain?

Possible, not typica: Interstitial cystitis is a breakdown in a layer of the bladder lining. The breakdown causes pain with bladder filling and causes you to feel increased urgency. Typically pain comes with increased filling and worsening acidic content in the urine. Other things can stimulate pain also. Usually pain is one of the symptoms. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: interstitial cystitis?

Interstitial cystiti: Interstitial cystitis is a chronic disease of the bladder, causing pain, for which the cause is presently unknown. It is associated with urinary frequency, urgency and waking at night to urinate. It is a diagnosis of exclusion, in that other causes of bladder pain/urgency/frequency should be excluded first. Ic can be diagnosed by bladder biopsy. ...Read more

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. Linda Callaghan
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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