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    I just started taking atarax and elmiron...of course yesterday, I started with a bladder infection and something happened that has never happened to me before. I could not urinate. I had to go to the ER and get catherize which after that I was find. It was only 200 cc, but of of course it felt like 700. The doctor on call and the ER doctor said it was probably the atarax. Has anyone else had the problem?

  • #2
    I take the hydroxizine and have never had a problem. It may be the bladder infection its self. If it happens again I would discontinue using it.
    'The will of God will never take you where the Grace of God will not protect you.'


    • #3
      Thanks, I am afraid to take it again. I will be calling my doctor on Monday morning.


      • #4
        I took atarax and it seemed to give me some slight urinary retention as well. Any antihistamine can cause urine retention. I would talk to your doctor though and see what he/she says.


        • #5
          I tried atrax (well, the generic version) this past week and it did cause urinary retention for me in the mornings. I've stopped taking it because of the retention issue.


          • #6
            i have no retention issues w/ atarax

            it happened to me once...when i ate alot of salt
            (all you can eat crab legs)
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            • #7
              I notice that I have some retention when I wake up in the night, but I usually will go. I would also ask your dr. for cath to keep at home and learn how to do it so you do not have to go to er to get cathed. It is really easy. My dr's nurse showed me once using a mirror and it is no problem, just get lidocaine jelly to insert first and it doesn't even hurt much. Good luck.


              • #8

                I had started it with the Elmiron as well. I took two pills the first time and I was so messed up, now I only take one every night and I do not have any problems, I drink a full cup or more of water with it. That was the only problem I had with it. Good luck with it.
                Mrs. Ridings

                I was on...
                Loestrin 24(to prevent period induced flares)
                Elmiron since Feb.'07 for a year and half
                Atenolol for Migraines(caused by elmiron) since June '07(Had to have the amount doubled)
                Tried Prevacid didn't work.
                Tried Axert for migraines didn't work.
                Tried Frova for migraines made worse.
                Atarax Feb.'07-Feb'08
                Used to take IBS meds of all kinds, now I use Yerba Mate guayaki drinks, eating lots of fiber and flax seed, and taking probiotics and added magnesium. My probiotics help w/ flares too.

                Now for the occasional flare related to stress, I take probiotic eleven and marshmallow root and it will make it stop and Im fine again. Otherwise I dont have many problems w/ my severe IC like I used to.Thank God!

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                3 Trust in the LORD, and do good; so shalt thou dwell in the land, and verily thou shalt be fed.
                4 Delight thyself also in the LORD: and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart.
                5 Commit thy way unto the LORD; trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass.