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    ICN Member musiclover's Avatar
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    Jan 2009

    How often can you take Azo?

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    On the directions, it says you can take Azo for a couple of days up to three times a day. I don't think it's generally meant for long-term use on and off. I usually take it once and then wait several days then take it once again. I'm trying to get the nerves in the bladder to calm down a little bit. But if I'm to take it long-term (which doesn't seem to be its recommended use), how often is it safe to take it? All the info I seem to get says to take it for two days. But how often can I take it for two days? Two days a month? Two days a week?
    Update! Feeling much better these days and no longer on any meds!

    Pelvic pain began July 2008. Urinary frequency began in November of 2008. IC Doctor says I'm one of the worst frequency patients he has had.

    Things that helped me the most: IC Diet, Elavil (30mg), Elmiron since June '09 (500mg/day).

    Previously tried and quit: one series of six instillations, Neurontin, Ditropan, Oxytrol, electric stimulation to the pelvic floor, Desert Harvest Aloe, Cystoprotek and Flomax, Hydroxyzine (50mg), Alesse Birth control (this helped my period flares when my symptoms used to be bad), PTNS (I think this helped).


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    I've been taking AZO for six years. I will take it everyday for weeks, sometimes months at a time. Now that I've been diagnosed with IC I can control my symptoms better, and don't need AZO very often (maybe once a month.) I recently asked a doctor why you shouldn't take AZO everyday and her only answer to me was that it would cause a build-up in your bladder. Also if you read the insert that comes inside the box, AZO is a carcinogen, and caused neoplasia (a tumor) in lab rats. So, AZO is probably not good to take long-term. I've known this for a while, but still continued to take AZO, because of the pain. Now I just follow the IC diet to control symptoms if possible and only take AZO if I have to.
    I hope this info was helpful.
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    Diagnosed: August, 2009
    Currently on Elmiron, Sanctura, AZO, Vicodin (only during a flare)

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    ICN Member Katrina's Avatar
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    You should discuss this with your doctor. Basically I would think that the ocassional use that most of us do wouldn't be bad but it would be possible to closer to the dose the package says as long as your doctor monitors your blood since the risk is damage to your liver. The same med is in prescription form.

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