Interstitial Cystitis – Medication and Treatments (2/5)

By Paul Henry / in , , , , , , , , , /

Symptoms of Interstitial Cystitis (IC), or
Painful Bladder Syndrome (PBS), can be managed through medication. These medications don’t cure your PBS though,
they only manage it. Treatment through medication will only do
the following: help control day to day symptoms, preserve or improve bladder function, and
minimize flare-ups with as few side effects as possible. There are no formal guidelines to treatment
in Canada and many medications have been tried throughout the decades physicians have been
treating PBS. In most cases, medical treatment programs
involve conservative management and self-management strategies as a first line, and oral medication
and/or bladder instillations (which are mixtures of medicine put directly into the bladder)
as the second line. The individual medications involved could
be to control pain, improve bladder lining health, or decrease bladder instability. In all cases though, a cocktail, or mixture
of drugs that also includes a local anesthetic, and a blood thinner, is used. The treatment period can vary as well, and
could range from receiving instillations daily for 4 to 6 weeks to receiving instillations
weekly for 12 weeks. The effects may wear off over time and need
to be repeated. This is very individual. Usually, treatments need to be performed in
a hospital. There are, however, some you could do from
home with training. If conservative management, self-management,
and medication provide no relief, then increasingly invasive techniques will be tried. Some of these techniques are detailed on the
Interstitial Cystitis: Medication and Treatment site. And finally, as an absolute last resort, some
people even have their bladder removed or their urine diverted. Ultimately, there is no set treatment or regime
to control your PBS symptoms. Your treating physician will work with you
to tailor treatments over time so you get the maximum benefit with the fewest side effects. Speak regularly with them about what may be
the best choice for you. For more information on treatment of PBS symptoms
with medication, explore the Interstitial Cystitis: Medication and Treatment page on

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