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Why am I being prescribed antidepressants for my ic?

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In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Robert Donato
Dr. Robert Donato
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Dr. George Klauber
Pediatrics - Urology
2 doctors agree

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. George Klauber
Dr. George Klauber
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