Why am I being prescribed antidepressants for my ic?

Nerve Pain Controler. Many patients with ic respond to medications that can interrupt nerve signals from the bladder, resulting in some relief. Tricyclic antidepressants (amitriptyline) have been employed in such a fashion. Additionally, there seems to be a correlation between stress levels and ic flares; thus, you may be on a different medication to help reduce your perception of stress, which can also help.
Elavil or Atarax (hydroxyzine) Both can help to either help to relieve bladder pain or urinary frequency because they have some antihystaminic properties. Antidepressant effects can be a bonus.