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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.

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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.

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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.

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How long does it take for interstitial cystitis inflammation of the bladder to go away?

How long does it take for interstitial cystitis inflammation of the bladder to go away?

Varies: Some patients have symptoms for tears while others seem to have periodic episodes of symptoms.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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)

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Why does my doctor think that I don't have interstitial cystitis if I feel pain all the time?

Bladder infection: It depends on the testing which was done and if you had cystoscopy, as to the determination of bladder inflammation. If the pain is not only during urination or general abdominal pain, there may be many possible causes, unrelated to the bladder.

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Why do I have all symptoms of interstitial cystitis even if I don't have it?

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.

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If you have interstitial cystitis will t cause you to have frequent bladder infections?

If you have interstitial cystitis will t cause you to have frequent bladder infections?

Probably not: However, the urinary symptoms may make you or your doctor think of infections often, doing more tests, and documenting more episodes.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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Dr. Bernard Seif
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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. William Singer
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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