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Should I Take Zoloft For Interstitial Cystitis
Sometimes: There are a number of options for interstitial cystitis. Elmiron is the only oral fda approved medication. It can be helpful but does take time to be effective. Dmso is also fda approved but is usually provided as a bladder irrigation. Anti-depressant medications such as zoloft (sertraline) may helpful for some patients. Typically, the best approach is muti-modal therapy. Check with your provider. ...Read more
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
Azo incresaes risk: Of calcium oxalate and uric acid stones so cautious use is advised. If you live in desert environment than risk of kidney stones is much higher. Occasional use of Azo should be okay if your kidney function is stable. Talk to your kidney doctor about the exact dosing instructions. ...Read more
I've been diagnosed with interstitial cystitis — the pain is so intense I take mst & sevredol each day. What treatments can you recommend?
Other therapies: That can help include bladder instillations, antihistamines like Hydroxyzine or cimetidine, elmiron, (pentosan) oab meds like oxybutinin. Pelvic floor pt due to painful, contracted muscles can be helpful as well as acupuncture. This can be a very frustrating problem to cope with. I hope you feel better soon. ...Read more
No: Should not make it worse.Get a more detailed answer ›
Varies: Some patients have symptoms for tears while others seem to have periodic episodes of symptoms. ...Read more
24 hours if treated : If you know that it is the cause of the symptoms, treatment with DMSO and increased water intake will hve you feeling better pretty quickly. However, be sure it is not a bladder infection or something else that is causing the symptoms. ...Read more
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
Having severe interstitial cystitis symptoms. Can't take antidepressants steroids or NSAIDs. What options do I have?
INTERSTITIAL CYSTITI: Focus on hydration 64-80oz /dy. Water/coconut water. Monitor your urine PH(STRIPS AVAILABLE AT WHOLE FOODS& keep PH neutral 7.4-7.6.(PHION.COM)Meds that are effective to modulate pain are singular and tramadol. Lastly a Urologist can instill bladder with DMSO TO TREAT A FLARE OF SX. Also, keep diet gluten free (gutbliss.com) ...Read more
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
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
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 too much hair?
I currently take 5 to 10 mg. Of Valium at bedtime as part of treatment for interstitial cystitis. Can I take norflex (orphenadrine) to help with back muscle tightness also?
Interstitial cystiti: Ic is quite often associated with high tone pelvic floor musculature. This contributes to overall pelvic aching ; is a major factor for dyspareunia. Muscle relaxers, including valium, do have a role in treating this aspect of ic. I often prescribe valium vaginal suppositories rather than oral valium. Regardless of how it's ingested though, valium can be addicting. ...Read more
How do I know if my interstitial cystitis is flaring up or if I am getting a UTI? I was just recently diagnosed with IC, and don't have much experience managing it beyond using a bladder friendly diet.
Urgency cystitis: The symptoms of UTI and "interstitial cystitis" are similar, but the "IC" symptoms are more frequent, and not based on active infection, but a more sensitive and muscular bladder wall, which can produce some incontinence also. At 24, it is unusual to have acquired "IC", so perhaps it is chronic urethritis, which can be treated favorably by urethral dilation: see a female urologist for advice. ...Read more
You likely have it.: If you have the symptoms, you likely have it. You may even have upper urinary ttract infection, and not know it. You'd be wise to see your doctor for urinalysis and culture and other tests to find out what infection you have before it does permanent damage. ...Read more
Probably not: However, the urinary symptoms may make you or your doctor think of infections often, doing more tests, and documenting more episodes. ...Read more
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
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
Diagnosis can be made by urogynecologist or urologist ...Read more
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
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
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
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
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
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
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