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  • meResque
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    Hydroxyzine is my #1 go-to drug for IC. I take Elmiron as well, and amitriptyline for my PFD pain, but hydroxzyine is the one that keeps me feeling normal. If I did not have pelvic floor pain, I would be able to manage my IC with just the two drugs you mentioned with no problems.

    I didn't really know how much it was helping until allergy season rolled around. I was diagnosed in October, in the course of finding out why I was experiencing severe pelvic pain. I had never experienced a flare until about 2 months ago. Out of nowhere, I could suddenly FEEL my bladder and it was NOT a pleasant experience! Nothing in my meds or diet had changed, and I didn't know what to do. My gyno told me to double my hydroxyzine dosage and see what happened. Well, what happened is that I was back to normal! I have always had SEVERE allergies in the spring and fall, but this year, hadn't noticed a thing! My 10mg of hydroxyzine was keeping it to where my face couldn't feel them... but my bladder still was! Now that I take 20mg a day, I'm fine again.

    For the record, I was told by my gyno to take it in the mornings. I have always taken in it in the mornings, and have never experienced sleepiness as a result of doing so.

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  • purpleviolet
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    Because I am in a flare and the uti lab results are negative except for white blood cells I am trying hydroxyzine (generic atarax) too - 25mgs at night. I started a few days ago. I only feel a little better. I don't know what I am reacting too and I am very upset that 7 months of elmiron have made me worse though I am sticking to it until I go to an appt. with doc in a few weeks. I don't believe the uti report. I got to be reacting to something! PV

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  • ginaaa22
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    I attribute feeling better to atarax. It has 4 distinct properties that make it great for treating IC. This is from the ICA

    Hydroxyzine affects mast cell degranulation, which is thought to play a part in some IC patients’ symptoms, especially those who have a history of allergies, migraines and irritable bowel syndrome. Hydroxyzine has been shown to improve these conditions, as well as IC. Hydroxyzine has been found to decrease:

    Nocturia (night time voiding)
    Daytime frequency
    Pain (burning, pressure, painful intercourse)

    Hydroxyzine pamoate has a slightly higher absorption rate. Hydroxyzine-HCL is a liquid form available for patients allergic to fillers or dyes used in the capsules or pills.

    I was originally prescribed atarax for severe vulvar itching and not for my IC alone. This was before I got a new uro. It helps with both my VV and IC. Since starting this I have lessened many of the other meds I used to take for IC and am doing better with just this. Hopefully soon I can get off everything except cystoprotek and atarax. It is also fairly inexpensive. I pay 15.00 a month for my presciption and I take 2 25mg tab at bedtime. Has significantly decreased nocturia. I used to go anywhere from 2-8 times now I go 1-2. Before taking atarax I took elavil, neurotin and many other drugs and they didn't help.

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  • Mothergoose
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    The aterax does make some people sleepy, but you get accustom to it, after a while the sleepiness lessons.

    Before I couldn't take any antihistamines without falling asleep, sometimes a good thing for people with IC.

    Lots of People start a very low dose and slowly increase it over time, and people also take it earlier in the evening so more of it has worn off by the next morning.

    If it helps you there are things you can do to help with the sleepiness, and it doesn't make everyone sleepy, everyone reacts differently to meds.

    MG

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  • flowerangela
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    im considering this as well. so far benadryl does do the trick for me. i hear hydroxizine or atarax makes some people very sleepy so it wouldnt be good to take during the day. my next adventure is trying out the NAET allergy/food allergy testing...

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  • Mothergoose
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    Aterax worked well for my bladder, less frequency, but then I developed retention from it. I do take it occasionally and I can feel it in my bladder right away. For me it helps my bladder better than benadryl.

    MG

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  • Jinny Jean
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    Elmiron/ Atarax?

    Hello! I was just thinking to myself this morning that maby I should go and e if I can get a stronger antihistamine.. I hear this one Atarax also called Hydrox- something works well? Can anyone tell me what exactly it does for IC patients? Does it help with frequency? I take simple antihistamines just for allergies and they see to help, but I think I could use something more....Does it work well with elmiron?

    I also wanted to know if anyone on here has their symptoms under control (I suppose symptomless) with just the use of this antihistamine and elmiron. I am currently ONLY on Elmiron right now and generic antihistamines....Some days I feel like this is working ... others I dont... I know elmiron takes a long time and its slow... anyone get gradually and gradually better? Like ok at three months better at 6 and even better at 10? I hope so.... I have been feeling ok, but I still feel like I have a MAJOR long way to go until I can feel normal ALL of the time.

    Let me tel you, the days I feel good, I always makes sure to thank god or the universe or the spiritual higher powers that be. Those day are incredible. I will never take another day for granted that is for sure.

    Jenn
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