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Is elmiron (pentosan) a better solution than a lidocaine injection?

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Dr. Sheila Goodman
Obstetrics & Gynecology
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In brief: Takes longer

Elmiron (pentosan) takes about 3 months to start giving you relief from interstitial cystitis symptoms.
Typically the other treatment is bladder instillations with a solution of lidocaine, Heparin and sodium bicarbonate. It's the Heparin that actually treats the condition, the other drugs are for symptoms. Heparin instillations work immediately but you'll typically need 8-12 treatments.

In brief: Takes longer

Elmiron (pentosan) takes about 3 months to start giving you relief from interstitial cystitis symptoms.
Typically the other treatment is bladder instillations with a solution of lidocaine, Heparin and sodium bicarbonate. It's the Heparin that actually treats the condition, the other drugs are for symptoms. Heparin instillations work immediately but you'll typically need 8-12 treatments.
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Dr. Garry Shulman
Anesthesiology

In brief: More info needed

For bladder pain? this would be a question for a urologist

In brief: More info needed

For bladder pain? this would be a question for a urologist
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