View Full Version : Elmiron Instillations during pregnancy
09-02-2005, 03:57 AM
I'm still a little worried about taking Elmiron orally if I get pregnant (which I really hope to in the next few months!). SOOOoo, I was wondering if Elmiron instillations would be a good option while I'm pregnant, instead of taking it orally. Does anyone have any info about this?
09-02-2005, 05:18 AM
Elmiron can be done in instillations as a opposed to orally if you feel more comfortable that way. I've been taking it orally through my pregnancy to avoid the catheters. I can't seem to tolerate the pain from them, but it is definately an option to have it instilled while pregnant. I believe there are other instillations that they can try too. I'm pretty sure heparin is safe. You definately have options. Ann
09-02-2005, 06:15 AM
My doc said instillations are an option for preg women, just not very practical. You would be in the office a lot. Personally, those catheters are worse on my urethra than the IC, even the ped. cath. I would be in pain all the time, so it wasn't really an option for me. It may be an option for you!
Good luck on your upcoming pregnancy! :)
09-02-2005, 08:27 AM
Installation treatments are often recommended during pregnancy. It's a good way to localize the medication and for it not to travel thru the placenta.
If you choose to do any type of installations during pregnancy..... Ask your Dr and/or nurse to teach you to self-cath. Sounds scary, I know. But I find it MUCH less painful to insert the catheter myself. Also, this may allow you to do treatments at home, rather than frequent Dr's appts.
09-02-2005, 10:21 AM
Thanks for all your advice! I have pretty mild IC so if instillations would be 'safer', then I might try to get away with doing them three times a month or so...
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