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    Today, 10:16 AM
    IC Friend

    Join Date: Mar 2007
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    Hi. I was just diagnosed last month after 4yrs of suffering. Although I have had medical problems all my life. Recurrent bladder and kidney infections, kidney stones and malignant melanoma. My question is That I have to take pain med. and I'm wonder if they aggrevate my ic? Is it better to use a patch? I'm sooo sick of all these pills!!!

    Diagnosed August 2001

    Current IC meds: Elmiron (since 2001), Levaquin (one pill after intercourse to prevent UTIs), Effexor (for depression & anxiety)

    Past IC meds: Amitriptyline (Elavil), Hydroxyzine (Vistaril), Detrol LA, Lexapro (for depression & anxiety, but also helped my IC) (They all helped, but I was able to discontinue them.)

    I've been virtually symptom free and able to eat & drink whatever I'd like for about 8 years now.


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      Many ICers do take pain medications in pill form. What works best for an individual can vary a lot from one ICer to another. It's best to work with your physician towards finding the most effective treatment options for you.

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      Stay safe

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