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  • dmgblue4
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    Originally posted by KLocke View Post
    Is there any IC safe allergy/cold medication out there? I'm on Arius right now and it seems to help my symptoms a bit but affects my IC.
    i tried zyrtec. i can't afford to refill it but it seemed to work. the doctor said to try claratin for an over the counter version that i could afford but haven't done it yet. whatever you do, avoid sudafed! i was just on mucinex for an ear infection and its making me have to go to the bathroom at least 10 times a night and it makes be burn throught the day/night.

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  • littlebear
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    I think that Atarax is prescribed for IC because it's a histamine blocker (the H-1 receptors). It didn't work for me, but it sounds like it works for lots of others (sometimes in combination with Elavil). On the other hand, another form of histamine blocker helps me (the H-2 blockers in Pepcid A-C, for instance, or in Quercetin). I think the theory is that damaged mast cells in the bladder release histamines, which then cause IC symptoms.

    Best wishes, littlebear

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  • GWENDOLYN
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    If I take a benedryl at night I seem to do better. It is so strange, I wonder if we are all allergic to food or something. Can anyone explain to me why allergy meds help us?

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  • born2swim
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    I take Astilin morning/night (prescription nose spray) and they just put me on Atarax for my IC (some respond to that med). I noticed my IC is better since starting that med, as is my nasal allergies. Loving this med! I don't have any groggy side effects from it (except for the first day or two).

    I'd ask your doctor about Atarax and see if it may be something you can try!

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  • GayleK
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    I take Allegra 24 hour every day.

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  • lnseagraves
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    I know a lot of patients find allergy medications help them... I take claritin.

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  • KLocke
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    Allergy Medication

    Is there any IC safe allergy/cold medication out there? I'm on Arius right now and it seems to help my symptoms a bit but affects my IC.
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