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I was put on elavil (amitriptyline) for interstitial cystitis but i read that it causes retention. Why would i be on this medicine then?

I was put on elavil (amitriptyline) for interstitial cystitis but i read that it causes retention. Why would i be on this medicine then?

Elavil (amitriptyline): Elavil (amitriptyline) at low doses can be helpful in chronic pain conditions like interstitial cystitis. It's true that Elavil (amitriptyline) also has strong anticholinergic properties that can lead to urinary retention, constipation, etc. This doesn't usually happen at the low doses used to symptomatically help interstitial cystitis. Please discuss this with your own physician. Best wishes. ...Read more

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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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How can I handle my pelvic floor disease (PFD) and interstitial cystitis (IC)?

How can I handle my pelvic floor disease (PFD) and interstitial cystitis (IC)?

Be wary: ? Re: how handle pelvic floor & Interstitial Cystitis, IC, disorders. Etiology of IC is speculative, unknown, absent pathological confirmation & simply label for a unique set of symptoms. I posit that in many cases of IC there is associated sacroiliac joint hypermobility, which can be diagnosed via criteria reported in the Occupational Disability Guides, the ODG. See an Osteopath for an opinion. ...Read more

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In planning on doing IVF soon I have interstitial cystitis. Can IC get worse during IVF? Will the injections cause Flare?

IVF and IC: Someone I know went through IVF and had no increase in IC flare ups. Everyone is different and everyone will have their own unique experience. Best of luck. ...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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Interstitial cystitis, what to do?

Interstitial cystitis, what to do?

Check out this link: Take care! http://www.M.Webmd.Com/a-to-z-guides/interstitial-cystitis.

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Who develops interstitial cystitis?

Who develops interstitial cystitis?

30-40 yr old women: It is disease of unknown cause and affect women more than men and is more common around the age of 30-40 years. See this site for more info. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmedhealth/pmh0001508/. ...Read more

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How to relieve interstitial cystitis?

Personal Approach: Interstitial cystitis is a very difficult diagnosis to treat, or provide a simple treatment that works for everyone. Diet modification, elmeron, certain antidepressants and even pelvic floor physical therapy have demonstrated to improve symptoms. Don't get frustrated and work with your urologist to find a treatment that works for you! ...Read more

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Anyone die from interstitial cystitis?

No: I am not aware of interstitial cystitis directly causing death. However, it is possible for patient to have concurrent bladder cancer and interstitial cystitis. Certainly bladder cancer can cause death. ...Read more

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Is there an interstitial cystitis pill?

Elmiron (pentosan) & Elavil: Elmiron can help to repair damaged bladder lining. Elavil can have an antihystamine effect as well as reduce anxiety. Oxybutinin, detrol, vesicare (solifenacin) & other anticholingeric medications can relieve overactive bladder symptoms usually associated with ic. Bland diet and avoiding acid urine producing food and beverages are important. Check: www.Interstitialcystitisassociation.Com. ...Read more

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Dr. Sewa Legha
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Interstitial Cystitis (Definition)

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 ...Read more


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