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  • Not in a flare at this moment in time....but need to know about medication

    Is there a medication that can stop by urgency and incontinence? I mean like last night after having 1 drink I had to pee so bad I "miss" making it by a tiny bit. How embarrassing....then again when I got home. It is getting worse now.

    Diagnosed with IC 3-30-2003

    Flare ups 1 time a month lasts for days.

  • #2
    I don't know about the Incontenence; but for urgency/frequency-my PCP put me on Vesicare which comes in 5 & 10 mg. it really works- of course you have to be on it continously like everything else-unless it doesn't work for you. But I really felt a diffence in less than a week. Might want to ask, as I tried a few others which I couldn't tolerate or didn't work and this did. Good luck.


    • #3
      HI! First off, if you are drinking alcohol you are asking for a major flare. Alcohol and IC doesn't mix at all!
      Prescription Elavil helps with frequency and urgency. Ditropan, Detrol or Vesicare that Mary mentioned help with incontinence (it dries out your bladder....and your eyes) but does help.
      For quick pain relief you can try Azo or any of the others that are similar and you can buy those at local pharmacies.
      Are you following the IC diet? That helps tremendously. Hope this helps.....Roxie

      Double Spinal Cord Stimulator surgery 8/09
      Unsuccessful MiniArc sling surgery 12/07
      Dx'd Hypothyroid
      Dx'd Chronic Axonal Neuropathy & Myopathy
      June 2007
      Dx'd IC May 2006 (after suffering for 25+ yrs!)
      First Cysto 1979
      First Hydro 1981 (Many treatments since then!)
      Collagin"Durasphere" injections for urethra
      Gall bladder surgery Aug. 2004
      Gastric Bypass Dec. 2004
      Dx'd: Barrett's Esphogus July 2004
      Dx'd: Vaginal Atrophy 2005
      Bladder surgery 2000
      Dx'd: IBS 2000
      Hysterectomy (fibroids) 1999
      Laminectomy 1989
      Dx'd: Degerative Disk Disorder 1989

      For IC I use Elmiron, Elavil and Freeze dried Aloe Vera (it works likes Elmiron, but naturally)and Azo as needed. I also take Zegerid, Randitine for Barrett's Esophagus. (which causes me to have constant yeast infections!)I take Cymbalta for Neuopathy/Myopathy pain. I use the Climara patch for menopause symptoms. I'm on a very strict diet because of the IC, IBS and Gastric Bypass. I take Primal Defense Probiotics and whole food Iron.
      I no longer have the awful urethral pain! I've been using MSM gel now for 4 mo. and haven't had a flare up or the urethra's amazing stuff!!:woohoo:


      • #4

        Non-prescription CYSTOPROTEK in the ICN shop
        helped me tremendously..and quick too
        within 2 days.

        Now..the beer thing.
        I have been feeling soooo good myself..that i tried it myself.
        I took 2 sips. just 2 sips.
        and my frequency was increased for close to 2 weeks

        had i drank the whole beer...who knows..maybe i would have leaked too!

        i am not a quitter though.
        i plan on trying draft beer..maybe make it a little flat w/ salt.
        ...or maybe wine..

        i hate to be afriad to try something.
        Quit ELMIRON due to hair loss
        Cystoprotek ROCKS!

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        Current Meds:
        AM Cystoprotek & ATARAX 50mg
        Dinner CYSTOPROTEK
        PM Elavil 25mg


        • #5
          Alcoholic beverages are a trigger for most ICers.

          Stay safe

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          • #6
            I know that. Trust me I do. I "knock on wood" don't seem to have issues til my period rolls around. then I get a flare.

            Diagnosed with IC 3-30-2003

            Flare ups 1 time a month lasts for days.