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    Hey, I know a lot of people on the board take anti-depressants. I take Elmiron (100 mg 3x/day), I have really low blood pressure, and I started taking Lexapro a few days ago. The elmiron made me a little lightheaded, as it's a blood thinner, but now that I'm on the Lexapro too, it's making me REALLY light headed. I feel like I have to faint all the time, and I keep seeing spots. Does any one have suggestions for SSRI anti-depressants (taken for depression, not taken specifically to help IC) that work well with Elmiron? I was on celexa for a year before I had IC, maybe I need to try that because Lexapro doesn't seem to be working

  • #2
    I'd definitely talk to your doctor about the light headedness if you haven't already. I am on Elmiron and Lexapro and have pretty low blood pressure. I have light headedness every now and then, but it's infrequent and I don't know if it's related to the meds or not. I'd talk to your doctor or pharmacist.

    Diagnosed August 2001

    Current IC meds: Elmiron (since 2001), Levaquin (one pill after intercourse to prevent UTIs), Effexor (for depression & anxiety)

    Past IC meds: Amitriptyline (Elavil), Hydroxyzine (Vistaril), Detrol LA, Lexapro (for depression & anxiety, but also helped my IC) (They all helped, but I was able to discontinue them.)

    I've been virtually symptom free and able to eat & drink whatever I'd like for about 8 years now.


    “We who lived in concentration camps can remember the men who walked through the huts comforting others, giving away their last piece of bread. They may have been few in number, but they offer sufficient proof that everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of the human freedoms -- to choose one's attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one's own way.” ~ Viktor Frankl

    “You cannot control what happens to you, but you can control your attitude toward what happens to you, and in that, you will be mastering change rather than allowing it to master you.” ~ Brian Tracy


    • #3
      I agree with Kim but I must say that I was put on a really low dose (10 mg) of Zoloft a couple of months ago. I have just stopped it though because my uro just put me on Elavil to help w/ the IC. When I first started taking the Zoloft it made me really lightheaded and just generally out of it. It was really annoying but went away in a week or less once my body got used to it. I have never had any problems with the Elmiron though.

      I have been diagnoised for 6 1/2 years now. I have taken a long break from the ICN but really miss helping out my fellow IC patients and want to get back into posting.
      1st hydro 4/07 showed no visible signs of IC but tons of mast cells in all my biopsy samples which did prove IC.
      2nd hydro 4/13/09 showed dark purple glomerulations and I had a capacity of 450 cc's. This hydro proved that my IC had progressed.
      I have tried every oral medication as well as rescue instills and DMSO.

      I have been lucky enough to see Dr Hanno, the top IC specialist in PA who has told me due to the fact that I have not responded to any "standard" treatments that I have a severe, end stage case of IC with a horrible quality of life (didn't have to tell me that last part!)

      Proud wifey of Shane, mommy to Griffin, and step-mom to Logan and Gage
      Also proud mom to the best Bullmastiff on earth, Claus