View Full Version : does benadryl help
02-11-2005, 07:09 PM
I am confused when it comes to benadryl. Is it suppose to help or make things, like frequent urination, worse? thanks.
02-12-2005, 03:32 AM
Some say it can help... anything to reduce mast cell degranulation in the bladder (antihistamines) can potentially help reduce frequent urination. The traditional antihistamine prescribed for IC patients, though, is hydroxyzine (Atarax or Vistaril). In addition to reducing mast cell activity, it has a calming effect on the nervous system, which can also reduce the neural impulses from the bladder, so you feel as if you don't have to go as much. Plus, it can make you pretty sleepy, so this can aid with falling asleep at night.
Benadryl also has the sleep-inducing property, and I've read several posts saying that the drug can help with frequent urination at night. You can try it and see if it helps you -- the thing about IC is, different meds work differently for different people. You may find it works great, while someone else may find it doesn't help at all. It CAN be confusing!!
Good luck :grouphug:
02-14-2005, 03:59 PM
what is the sugury that they use nerve blocker chip? anyone ever heard of it
02-15-2005, 01:32 AM
Are you referring to Interstim implants? This is a device implanted into the buttock or back, with wire leads going to the spinal nerves... it is supposed to work for incontinence, frequency, and urgency. There are quite a few IC patients on these boards who have had this surgery done... some are happy with it and others are not.
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