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    Has anyone been prescribed Prozac or the generic fluoxetine hydrochloride for IC? I read in my pill book that Prozac can cause people to experience weight loss. In one study, 13% of people taking this drug lost more than 5% of their body weight.

    I was wondering since most people don't like the weight gaining properties of Elavil including myself. My uro gave me nortriptyline which is the same family as Elavil but the 2nd generation. I had asked which had less appetite increase, nortriptyline or lexapro because I couldn't control my appetite on Elavil.

    Thanks
    bunnykinb

    6/04 dx Mild IC; 3/06 2nd hydro/cysto w/2nd uro; Moderate IC now. IBS dx 11/03. 6/08 dx Vulva Vestibulitis/Pelvic Floor Spasms. 7/20/15 Feels like I have moderate IC now. Burning again.

    tried & failed treatments: Urocit K 2x/day, Prelief & Atarax 25 mg 3/05-6/06; elavil 10mg 11/30/06-2/28/07 (stopped due to hunger); elmiron orally but had throat tightness;heparin instills 1x/mo 9/04-2/05;elmiron instills every 2 wks 7/05-2/06;20 DMSO 7/28/06-9/07.nortriptyline 10mg 4/07-10/07current meds/treatments:Tofrinal 25mg;Yasmin bc. Heparin instills every 2 weeks 2/08-present. Mix: 8cc lidocaine, 8cc heparin (40,000 units), & 3cc sodium bicarb. main symptoms: frequency & labia/clitorial burning


  • #2
    Hi there,

    Before my doctors figured out what was wrong with me (I was still hearing it is all in your head) they put me on Prozac. I am convinced that it made my IC worse. There have been a lot of strings on this, however. Maybe you can do a search on the message boards and see what others have said.

    The other problem was that it made me "emotionless." Once I was off of it I realized I hadn't cried in 18 months. Not like I was looking for a reason to cry, but I actually "felt" emotion. I didn't realize I was not feeling things.....am I making sense?

    I would be interested in other people's opinions......
    Julie Beyer, MA, RDN
    IC Dietitian, Patient Advocate, Speaker, & Author


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    • #3
      Hi,

      I have taken Prozac before, twice I have tried it, and both times it gave me extreme anxiety. I had to take anti-antiety meds to stay on it. I finally said it wasn't worth it. The second time I tried it, I only tried it for a week, I actually had anxiety attacks. Some times I wish I was capable of taking some of these meds. I have many trouble with meds.

      Kelly

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      • #4
        What about other SRRI santidepresants like Zoloft, wellbutrin, etc?
        Why was Prozac prescribed for IC for the emotional part or to help with the pain? I'm taking Elavil 10 to 15 mg but I would Love to switch to a SRRI antidepresant if it'll help both with pain and the emotional part.

        I think with antidepresants you have to find the one that will work for you, you should give it a 3 month try or so, people react diferently to them so you can't really compare yourself with others.
        I've heard of Cymbalta which it is designed to treat both pain and depression but that would be a no no for me b/c the main side effect is dry mouth/dry eye and I already havea dry eye problem.

        I'm curious if new generation antidepresants help with IC or V V pain.
        Laser cervical surgery after abnormal pap (moderate dysplasia) in 3/2004
        UTIs since mid 2004
        Recurrent yeast infections since mid 2005
        IC dx 3/2006
        V V dx 12/2006
        Other conditions: IBS, allergies, dry eyes.


        Current IC medications:
        Elavil (since 12/06) 10 mg;
        Cysta Q (since 5/07)
        Rephresh acid jel every 3 days
        D-mannose, fish oil, Calcium Citrate, Multivitamins & garlic pills (sometimes)
        Probiotics Femdophilus or other brands
        Gy-Na-Tren for yeast infections (started using it as needed since 2010)
        Other Rx:Omeprazole 20mg; benadryl as needed, Restasis


        Past Meds and why I stopped them:
        Elmiron: March to September 2006: headaches
        Lyrica:2 weeks in 2006: headaches
        Cystoprotek: from Jan to April 2007: nausea

        Femcon Fe (2/07 to 10/07):caused spotting/bleeding
        BCP:Loestrin (since Ocotber 2007) to stop spotting for 2 months. V V worse. Stopped the pill in Nov 07.


        "Obstacles don't have to stop you. If you run into a wall, don't turn around and give up. Figure out how to climb it, go through it, or work around it"

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        • #5
          I don't think Wellbutrin is an SSRI. It isn't a tricyclic, so I'm not sure how it would be categorized.

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          • #6
            Thanks for all of your replies. I am not on Prozac, but just wondered since Prozac doesn't have the weight gaining side effects of Elavil, and if Prozac worked for IC, it would be a great alternative. But, it seems that Prozac hasn't been prescribed for IC.

            Darn.
            bunnykinb

            6/04 dx Mild IC; 3/06 2nd hydro/cysto w/2nd uro; Moderate IC now. IBS dx 11/03. 6/08 dx Vulva Vestibulitis/Pelvic Floor Spasms. 7/20/15 Feels like I have moderate IC now. Burning again.

            tried & failed treatments: Urocit K 2x/day, Prelief & Atarax 25 mg 3/05-6/06; elavil 10mg 11/30/06-2/28/07 (stopped due to hunger); elmiron orally but had throat tightness;heparin instills 1x/mo 9/04-2/05;elmiron instills every 2 wks 7/05-2/06;20 DMSO 7/28/06-9/07.nortriptyline 10mg 4/07-10/07current meds/treatments:Tofrinal 25mg;Yasmin bc. Heparin instills every 2 weeks 2/08-present. Mix: 8cc lidocaine, 8cc heparin (40,000 units), & 3cc sodium bicarb. main symptoms: frequency & labia/clitorial burning

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