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    Just curious if anyone knows why elmiron should not be taken with food or taken 2-3 hours after eating. Is it because it my upset your stomach? Just curious I've been taking it 3 x a day and it's sooooo hard trying to work out an eating schedule along with this, I've been good not to eat too close to taking it though.

  • #2
    My doc told me that it got absorbed with food and didn't get where it needed to go (bladder, instead of intestines). Like thyroid meds, that's why it needs to be taken on an empty stomach.

    Anyone else have info on this?
    8/2007 - My constant bladder pain is now gone due to a surgery where the ilioinguinal and iliohypogastic nerves were cut. I still have IC symptoms but they are improving. It's still early to say, but I believe this solution will work permanently for me.

    Symptoms since 2005 - 24/7 abdominal pain, cold sweats, low back pain, vulv, etc.
    Surgeries: Spinal Fusion L4-L5-S1 10/97, Anterior spinal fusion L5-S1 9/05, Lap for Cysts, Endo 9/06, Hysterectomy kept cervix 12/06
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    • #3
      I believe its so the food will not absorb it, so it can reach the bladder to coat it..

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      Dx With IC in Nov 2006 with Hydro/Cysto
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      • #4
        Yes that is exactly what I have been hearing too.

        Take care, Trishann


        • #5
          Thanks guys, that's what I was thinking too. I'll make sure to keep taking it on an empty stomach, even though it's a little hard sometimes....


          • #6
            When I took it, the literature said to take it one hour before food or two hours after. The explanation said that it can bond to food and not be as likely to help.

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