01-19-2006, 01:58 PM #1
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Someone please help me understand my meds...
I have a good doctor, I really do...but I'm on three new meds all at once so it's confusing. I'm on Atarax, Tofranil, and Elmiron. I understand the Elmiron is to help build up the lining of the bladder or something like that, and the Tofranil is supposed to calm my system, but beyond that, I am overwhelmed and have forgotten what my doctor said. And since the drugs are prescribed for lots of different reasons, looking them up on the internet hasn't really helped. Can someone inform me please? I should have written down what my doctor told me!
01-19-2006, 02:32 PM #2Antihistamines: ATARAX & VISTARIL
Mast cells are one of the body's first lines of defense against substances and invading organisms. Skin, nasal passages, and the gastrointestinal tract are all inhabited by mast cells. When you have a cold or suffer from fever, mast cells react to pollen or a virus by producing histamine and other substances. This leads to pain, inflammation and swelling.
Biopsies of some interstitial cystitis bladders, particularly ulcerative IC, have been found to have unusual numbers of mast cells. There is also speculation that mast cells in IC bladders do not function normally. In any case, antihistamine treatment in IC is aimed at stopping the "histamine-mast cell-inflammation" cycle in the bladder.
Atarax® and Vistaril® (generic name: Hydroxyzine HCL or Pomoate) are believed to block the activation of mast cells (12). Hydroxyzine has been shown in scientific studies to be very effective for IC patients, particularly patients with a history of allergies. Often used in conjunction with Elmiron, Hydroxyzine is now one of the most important therapies for IC patients.
The most common complaint of patients taking these drugs is that they cause drowsiness, dry mouth or irritability. Some people find that their drowsiness decreases in a few days. Hydroxyzine pomoate may be better tolerated than hydroxyzine HCL in some patients.
and click on the area about treatments, you'll find some really good information on all the oral medications typically prescribed for IC.Kim
Diagnosed August 2001
Current IC meds: Elmiron (since 2001), Levaquin (one pill after intercourse to prevent UTIs), Effexor (for depression & anxiety)
Past IC meds: Amitriptyline (Elavil), Hydroxyzine (Vistaril), Detrol LA, Lexapro (for depression & anxiety, but also helped my IC) (They all helped, but I was able to discontinue them.)
My IC story: http://www.ic-network.com/patientstories/kim.html It's very outdated now. I've been virtually symptom free and able to eat & drink whatever I'd like for about 8 years now.
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01-20-2006, 02:41 AM #3
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IC dx'd Nov 2004
Lymphocytic Colitis dx'd July 2005
Current IC Meds
Vistaril 25mg in the evening
Previous IC Meds taken:
Cystoprotek - 2 caps 2x's a day
Elmiron, 100mg 3x's a day
Ditropan, 5 mg 3x's a day
Wellbutrin 150mg 2x's a day for Anxiety/IBS
Pepcid 40mg a day for GERD
Zytrec for Nasal Allergies
Align Probiotic daily for IBS
01-20-2006, 04:09 AM #4
For symptoms & understanding meds I use www.webmd.com it has answered a lot of questions for me
Hope this helps!
All in remission since 7/06: IC, IBS-C, arthritis, carpal tunnel, hypoglycemia, RLS, seasonal allergies, sinusitis, depression, anxiety, infertility, hormone imbalance.
Please don't discontinue any prescription medication without discussing it with your physician first!
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01-20-2006, 04:21 AM #5
Kim gave you some great advise. The handbook was my bible. Do a whole lot of reading and research. This is a great place, we are all here to listen and to answer any and all questions you might have so...don't be shyMinds are like parachutes-they ony function when they are open.
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01-20-2006, 12:22 PM #6
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Thanks for the advice. I really love these message boards!
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