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Should I take Zoloft (sertraline) for interstitial cystitis?

Should I take Zoloft (sertraline) 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

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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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If I have nephrotic syndrome is it ok to take Azo for interstitial cystitis?

If I have nephrotic syndrome is it ok to take Azo for interstitial cystitis?

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

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I've been diagnosed with interstitial cystitis - the pain is so intense i take mst & sevredol each day. What treatments can you recommend?

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

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I have interstitial cystitis, and I have excruciating flares during my period. Would a partial hysterectomy help? I can't take the pain anymore.

IC: Ic is a condition of unknown etiology and can be affected by hormonal changes that occur during menstruation. Removing the uterus will not change those hormonal changes. You might check with your gyn about the possibility of endometriosis causing your symptoms instead of ic. ...Read more

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How long does it typically take for interstitial cystitis to go away?

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

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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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Having severe interstitial cystitis symptoms. Can't take antidepressants steroids or NSAIDs. What options do I have?

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. Minister 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 an Urilogist can instill bladder with DMSO TO TREAT A FLARE OF SX. Also keep diet gluten free ...Read more

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Dr. William Singer
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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