If you have regularly used statin medications to lower cholesterol levels and had your IC begin AFTER you began their use, you should find this new study interesting. Researchers in Taiwan have determined that long term or irregular use of statin medication is significantly linked to the development of interstitial cystitis. Previous studies found that statins induced cell aptosis and inhibited the growth of epithelial cells in the prostate. Researchers presume that the same is occurring in statin patients who develop IC/BPS. Statins also appeared to induce inflammation via the production of inflammatory cytokines. By inducing neurogenic inflammation, statins lead to “abnormal bladder permeability and changes in bladder sensations.”

Source: Bladder Pain Syndrome/Interstitial Cystitis Linked to Statins