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  • Flares and smoking

    Did anyone notice a difference with their flares after they stopped smoking?


  • #2
    I only smoked for a couple of years and quit way before I got IC. BUT I did notice in the beginning of my IC "journey" that being in a really smoky room would flare me right up...

    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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    • #3
      I quit smoking nearly 20 years ago (I was a 2-pack-a-day-highly addicted smoker). I can say with no qualms that it improved my bladder symptoms. I also stopped coughing every morning, got rid of the "morning nausea" and generally felt better.

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      • #4
        I quit about 4 months ago & I have to say, my bladder feels much better. I smoked 1-1 1/2 pks a day for almost 50 yrs!!! Now if I could lose the weight I would be happy. baby Kathi
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