10-27-2009, 10:58 AM #1
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Has anyone felt worse after taking Elmiron??
I have tried Elmiron in the 1990s and again this summer and have found that I feel worse after taking it. Does anyone else connect to that problem??
I have intense bladder pain(excruciating bladder cramps & extremely sore all the time), vaginal burning, urethral pain and difficulty urinating. I do not have the frequency problems. The doctor is getting frustrated at protocols that either don't work or make me worse, and in the meantime I keep getting worse. Screaming in pain too often now.
10-28-2009, 12:37 PM #2
I am currently on Elmiron and have not had any problems (knock on wood). I know there are a few people who felt that Elmiron made their symptoms worse though. Sorry I couldn't be more help!Diagnosed Sept. 2009 based on symptoms
Elmiron 100 mg 3x per day (started Sept. 09)
Glucosamine w/MSM 1000 mg per day (started Oct. 2009) Added Glucosamine w/MSM and Chondroiton in Jan. 2010
Elavil 12 mg at bedtime (started Dec. 2009) Upped my dose to 25mg on Dec.14th) Lowered dose to 12 mg again on Dec. 28 due to the feeling that I was having slight retention
Ativan as needed .5 mg (this really seems to help with my symptoms)
Update as of Jan. 6th 2010
Stopping Elmiron and weaning off of Elavil
Started using 10 mg vaginal valium
10-29-2009, 07:50 AM #3
I had some nausea with it and with the advice of my doc, he told me to take the med out of the capsule and the side effects went away. If it's making your IC worse then a call to the Doc may be what you need. Some meds just don't work for everyone and our bodies are all different. Don't be afraid to speak out and tell the Doc what it's doing to you.
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10-29-2009, 03:20 PM #4
Elmiron made my irritated bladder much worse. It started as a tickling sensation a few days after I started taking it & within 6 weeks, I was voiding twice as often & developed urgency. My doctors just said my IC was probably progressing & to keep taking it. Finally, I insisted it was likely the Elmiron & stopped it. 10 days later I was back to my previous level of IC. What a disappointment.Kadi
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07-04-2010, 10:42 AM #5
I took Elmiron for 2 years and the only thing it gave me was year round constant diarrhea. I found no relief from it. You might as well have stuck cotton in my ear.Susan
[SIZE="1"]I pee (a teaspoon and drops) on average 60 times per day (still). Pelvic Floor Dysfunction (urinary retention due to a botched urological surgery) and chronic pelvic pain 32 years.
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