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    I can't get the emiron capsules to dissolve. Anyone have any pointers?

  • #2
    I believe those who are using this for instillations pull the capsule apart and empty the contents into the instillation solution, discarding the empty capsule.

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    • #3
      yep, that's exactly right. you pull apart the capsule and try to dissolve it in the lidocaine/sodium bicarb mixture...but it wont dissolve.

      There needs to be a liquid elmiron for instillations I do believe to be effective.

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      • #4
        sshannon,

        Did you figure this out? I'm having the same problem. The Elmiron blocks the holes in the catheter, and I can't get the medicine into my bladder.

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        • #5
          I usually go into the doctors office to have my Elmiron instillations. I always watch her make the 'cocktail'. She usually breaks the capsule apart and then shakes the entire thing rigorously for a good amount of time.
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          Ulcers ~ June 2010
          IBS ~ September 2010
          Gastroparesis ~ February 2012
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          Desipramine(2x daily)
          Elmiron(100mg 2x morning/night)
          Elmiron, Lidocain, Sodium Bicarb, Sterile Water Instill (Weekly)
          Uribel(2x daily or as needed)
          Enablex(1xbefore bed)

          Supplements:
          Liquid Vitamins
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          • #6
            yes that's what I do to and it wont dissolve even after several minutes of swirling.

            I obviously haven't figured anything out. I couldn't believe I was the only one that has had trouble with this as common as elmiron instillations are made out to be. It needs to be made in liquid form.

            Glad I'm not the only one...Thanks Vanilla for posting

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            • #7
              After shaking it in the sterile urine cup, swirl it around in the syringe, was the reply I got from the doctor's nurse, and use a bigger catheter if all else fails. Ouch, time for heparin.
              Last edited by vanilla; 11-03-2011, 06:41 AM.

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              • #8
                What size catheter are you using? Can you use one from a different manufacturer with different size holes? Since I have started self cathing I have tried many different kinds and I noticed they have many different size and style of holes. Cure Catheters seem to have the biggest and smoothest holes.
                Conditions:Migraine, Epilepsy, Adenomyosis, Left Hydrosalpinx (inflamed,blocked fallopian tube), Neurogenic, Overactive bladder
                Myofacsial pain disorder/Pelvic floor dysfunction
                Medications:
                Neurontin,Topamax,Vesicare,Hydoxizine,Urelle,Zanaflex,
                Tramadol,Cystoprotek,Naproxen.

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                • #9
                  I'm using the smallest size possible, 8 fr. My doctor has ordered the 10 fr, so I'm waiting on those to come in the mail. How do you arrange it so you can try many different catheters?

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                  • #10
                    The doctor's office had a few different kinds they showed me but I get the biggest variety fro liberator medical they have been awesome. To be honest they have spent more time explaining things to me than my doctor or nurse has. They sent me a whole bunch of free samples all different types of catheters to try, after I tried some of them I talked to the rep again about what I liked and didn't like about them and they are sending me some different ones now. I have not even made a paid order from them and they have helped me more than anyone else. I will be ordering from them in the future because they are very helpful and informative.
                    Conditions:Migraine, Epilepsy, Adenomyosis, Left Hydrosalpinx (inflamed,blocked fallopian tube), Neurogenic, Overactive bladder
                    Myofacsial pain disorder/Pelvic floor dysfunction
                    Medications:
                    Neurontin,Topamax,Vesicare,Hydoxizine,Urelle,Zanaflex,
                    Tramadol,Cystoprotek,Naproxen.

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                    • #11
                      Wow, liberator medical does sound awesome. I've been getting my catheters from 180 medical and have been happy with their customer service, until now. Thanks so much for letting me know.

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