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    I am used to using the long red rubber male catheters for bladder installations. I had bladder botox last week and I can't pee anymore so going to be using catheters multiple times a day. My question is there's so many catheter options and I know the company will try to sell the most expensive ones they can. Has anyone seen the difference in pre lubricated catheters and the basic ones putting the lube on yourself? Sure this is going to cause pain doing this for a extended period.
    Current treatments: Botox, Bladder installations, Elmiron, Amitriptyline, Gabapentin, Hydroxyzine, Sprix.

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    Re: Catheters

    I also used the long red ones for instillations, but on one occasion following a surgery, I had to self catheterize for a time and I used the small, short catheters that I could fit in my purse. The ones I had weren't pre-lubricated. It was a nuisance to have to haul a tube of lube everywhere, plus the inconvenience and any potential for contamination. If I am ever in the same boat again, I will absolutely use the pre-lubricated ones. If your doctor orders them that way, your insurance should cover them. And you are worth having the most convenient ones possible.


    Donna
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      Re: Catheters

      Thanks Donna, I've found little individual packets of Lubricant and found a nice way to fit the red catheters in my purse and its actually works better then I though it would. Did you find the short ones hard to use? Like can you sit on the toilet and use it without it touching anything? The doctors office sent the Rx to a supplier who's website doesn't even give prices just says call for a quote. A guy from there called me yesterday to go over my options. Apparently, 90 catheters would the antibacterial wipes and gloves would cost $500 a month. Insane! I know there's so many options but I haven't seen any online yet that are $5 a catheter. Do you think transferring the Rx to another site would be a big pain? They are sending me samples. I use. a locally owned pharmacy that can get the red rubber catheters at a competitive price so I may also see if they can get short ones once I see what I like.
      Current treatments: Botox, Bladder installations, Elmiron, Amitriptyline, Gabapentin, Hydroxyzine, Sprix.

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        Re: Catheters

        Originally posted by erinw1405 View Post
        Thanks Donna, I've found little individual packets of Lubricant and found a nice way to fit the red catheters in my purse and its actually works better then I though it would. Did you find the short ones hard to use? Like can you sit on the toilet and use it without it touching anything? The doctors office sent the Rx to a supplier who's website doesn't even give prices just says call for a quote. A guy from there called me yesterday to go over my options. Apparently, 90 catheters would the antibacterial wipes and gloves would cost $500 a month. Insane! I know there's so many options but I haven't seen any online yet that are $5 a catheter. Do you think transferring the Rx to another site would be a big pain? They are sending me samples. I use. a locally owned pharmacy that can get the red rubber catheters at a competitive price so I may also see if they can get short ones once I see what I like.
        If you have a locally owned pharmacy, I think it would be good to at least talk with them. Whatever you decide, your insurance should cover.

        Donna
        Stay safe


        Elmiron Eye Disease Information Center - https://www.ic-network.com/elmiron-p...mation-center/
        Elmiron Eye Disease Fact Sheet (Downloadable) - https://www.ic-network.com/wp-conten...nFactSheet.pdf

        Have you checked the ICN Shop?
        Click on ICN Shop at the top of this page. You'll find Bladder Builder and Bladder Rest, both of which we are finding have excellent results.

        Patient Help: http://www.ic-network.com/patientlinks.html

        Sub-types https://www.ic-network.com/five-pote...markably-well/

        Diet list: https://www.ic-network.com/interstitial-cystitis-diet/

        AUA Guidelines: https://www.ic-network.com/aua-guide...tial-cystitis/

        I am not a medical authority nor do I offer medical advice. In all cases, I strongly encourage you to discuss your medical treatment with your personal medical care provider. Only they can, and should, give medical recommendations to you.
        [3MG]

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