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Is it safe or beneficial to take pyridium (phenazopyridine) for interstitial cystitis of the bladder?

Is it safe or beneficial to take pyridium (phenazopyridine) for interstitial cystitis of the bladder?

Pyridium (phenazopyridine) is safe: But usually not enough on its own. There are other treatments. Seek out a urologist or urogynecologist who is experienced with ic. Please see my blog posting for more info. http://healthhub.brighamandwomens.org/overcoming-the-challenges-of-living-with-interstitial-cystitis. ...Read more

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Dr. Ana Adelstein
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Phenazopyridine (Definition)

Phenazopyridine is a mild urinary tract numbing agent, available without a prescription. Sold as pyridium, azo, uristat (phenazopyridine) and others, this drug can calm the sting from bladder infections and may help decrease urinary frequency and urgency. Note that it changes the color of the urine to a darker orange. It does not cure infections. It is not supposed to be taken for more than a few ...Read more


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How long should I pump & dump after taking Azo standard (phenazopyridine) for bladder pain from interstitial cystitis?

How long should I pump & dump after taking Azo standard (phenazopyridine) for bladder pain from interstitial cystitis?

Here are some ...: Were you a penny stock investor or a lackluster user of azo? Azo is phnazopyridine or Pyridium (phenazopyridine) - exerting its topical analgesic effect onto the sensitized lining - mucosa - by inflammation of urinary tract infection or IC, etc. Thus, it is only applied as a temporary measure. The long-term care for IC should start off with realization, modification of lifestyle, judicious use of drug, and ... ...Read more

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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?

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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How is interstitial cystitis diagnosed?

How is interstitial cystitis diagnosed?

IC diagnosis: By history and physical exam, negative urine cultue, pain relief with instillation of local anesthetic in the bladder and cystoscopy. ...Read more

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What is the cause of interstitial cystitis?

What is the cause of interstitial cystitis?

Trigger points!!: This is a new look at an old idea. Janet g. Travell, md a pain pioneer concluded that chronic tissue pain was caused by numerous trigger points in muscle fibers causing the muscles to contract compressing nerves, vessels and alter the flow of lymphatics. The pyramidalis and pelvic floor muscles are the cause. So this is a mechanical cause and requires a manual treatment. Acupuncture! see files. ...Read more

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What helps symptoms of interstitial cystitis?

IC relief: Hydration (uop > 2000ml/24 hours), avoiding foods that contain potassium (eg bananas) and avoiding spicy foods (chilis). Alkalinizing urine may also help. ...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


Dr. Eric Weisman
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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