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    Would elavil and Elmiron alone not be good enough for mast cell inflammation?

    I though that elavil had antihistamine properties and Elmiron is meant to have some kind of mast cell inhibitory action as well?

    I have been on cetirizine (cousin or something of hydroxyzine) but not at the same time as elavil but found they didn't help me (tried for 4 months)
    Elavil is the only thing that has helped with constant urge but not fully, but having to cut back now due to palpitations and abnormal pulse rate.
    IC diagnosis: Aug 2005
    Symptoms: Urgency, urge and irritation and urethral symptoms
    Flareup for 1 year til July 2007 (had constant urge and pain et al....)

    Elmiron 100mg 3x daily April 2006 - present
    Enablex 7.5mg nightly Sep 2007 -present
    Atarax, Elavil 10mg nightly (Dec 2007)
    Acupuncture - November 2007 - present

    (Past meds for IC- Cystistat, Elavil 30mg, Ditropan, long term a/bs, Prednisolone, Cimetidine, Neurontin)

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    Often Elmiron, Elavil and Atarax are all taken together as part of the arsenal against IC. Elavil does have some antihistamine properties, but Atarax is considered to be an important addition to the picture for mast cell inhibition. The man who patented Cystoprotek stated he felt Atarx was one very important part of the picture. Hope you get your med combo figured out and it stops your suffering.


    Meds: Melatonin 3mg @ bedtime if needed. Estrogen 1.5 mg troche and 0.1 mg Estrace cream.
    Diagnosis: IC, PFD (both in remission)