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    I have only been on Elmiron since April, but within the last month it seems my symptoms are getting better and better. I am also on Ditropan 3 times a day. Is it possible that the Elmiron is working already? Or am I going in my own remission???? Honestly after the first two weeks on Ditropan and Elmiron my pain in my ab. went away - well the tight feeling. I have a tad bit of burning still but nothing compared to what I was having over the last year...could I have found my "cure"???? Or is this a mini remission?

  • #2
    Everyone is differant when it comes to medicines, It could be possible, but from what I gather it usually takes up to 6 months to a year. But hey you could of got lucky

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    • #3
      you may very well be feeling better with the Elmiron this quickly. I am happy to hear you are doing well..
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      • #4
        I just hope you continue to feel better.

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        • #5
          its working

          it worked quick for me 3 months!
          i could even drink beer on it!!
 hair started to fall i had to quit it
          Quit ELMIRON due to hair loss
          Cystoprotek ROCKS!

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          Current Meds:
          AM Cystoprotek & ATARAX 50mg
          Dinner CYSTOPROTEK
          PM Elavil 25mg


          • #6
            If you started ditropan and elmiron at the same time, it's hard to day what's making you feel better. Elmiron typically takes months to work. My guess is that it's a combination...the ditropan is relaxing your muscles and that might be playing a big role in your feeling better.


            • #7
              elmiron started working early for me too around 2 months, and I am still at practically no symptoms and each day I can tell a difference, but I still watch the diet. I have now been on the elmiron 6.5 months. Hope whatever you are doing keeps on working
              Onset of symtoms November 1, 2006

              Diagnosed December 8, 2006 with cysto/hydrodistention... Gradual relief with elmiron around month two, keep feeling better and better. and then remission

              2008 Update...still in remission

              Diagnosis: IC
              Meds: Elmiron 300mg/day, hydroxyzine 25 mg 1x/day

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              • #8
                I began to notice a difference at 2-3 months and then at 6 months noticed a very big difference. It honestly has helped me feel better and better the longer I've been on it.

                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.


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                • #9
                  I started feeling better pretty quickly on it too. Think it started kicking in around 3 months for me.


                  • #10
                    I've been on it for almost 2 months and it's starting to help. I guess everyone is different...


                    • #11
                      I talked to a girl on another msg board and she said it helped her within days! Wow! I also spoke to another girl who said it took only a month. I just started taking it on Monday so, so far I haven't noticed a darn thing. I think I have a slightly mild case so I am really hopeful that it will work for me. I pray for it to. I am so sick of the feeling of having to pee 24/7!

                      Carolynyeo - update us on how you are feeling?!
                      Diagnosed: 07/11/07 after Cystoscopy - mild case of IC, I also have PCOS.


                      Elavil 25 mg - 2 x a day
                      Elmiron 100 mg/3 x a day
                      Macrobid - after sexytime
                      Pyridium - as needed - it helps!
                      metformin - for PCOS

                      Stopped taking: Detrol LA 5 mg and Vesicare 10mg


                      • #12
                        took me about 3-4months, then the longer I was on it the better I felt. Hope you continue to feel better!!!!


                        • #13
                          I think it took me almost the whole 6 months (its been awhile since I started taking it --1997) but it helps along with the other things that I have tried in the past- including the Vesicare that I just started a few months ago.
                          Whatever it is for you whether its just the Elmiron or the comb. of your medicines, I hope you continue to feel better.


                          • #14

                            it worked quick for me..
                            like within 2 weeks..i started to feel better

                            unfortunatley, by 2 months
                            my hair began to fall out
                            so i stopped it

                            having much luck w/ CYSTOPROTEK
                            Quit ELMIRON due to hair loss
                            Cystoprotek ROCKS!

                            find me on FACEBOOK -
                            search my email [email protected]

                            Current Meds:
                            AM Cystoprotek & ATARAX 50mg
                            Dinner CYSTOPROTEK
                            PM Elavil 25mg


                            • #15

                              Hi - update...

                              Had some burning recently but I think it is because I went on the birth control pill 10 days ago...I think I am having a slight increase in IC due to that. But besides that the Elmiron and Ditropan are working wonderfully. I believe the Ditropan is what took away my pressure.