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Cystistat®

What is Cystistat®?The primary component of Cystistat® is sodium hyaluronate, a derivative of hyaluronic acid, which occurs naturally in the fluids of the eye, the joints, and in the glycosaminoglycan (GAG) layer of the bladder lining. This layer - which is deficient in many patients with interstitial cystitis - is believed to provide the bladder wall with a protective coating.What does Cystistat® do? Cystistat® temporarily replaces the deficient GAG layer on the bladder wall, helping to r
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Intravesical Medications

Intravesical Medications (instillations) are placed directly into the bladder via a small catheter. Their aim is to coat the defective IC/PBS bladder wall.Cystistat® - A bladder instillation working to restore the defective bladder lining.Gepan® instill – Effective GAG replenishment.Uracyst® - Replenishes the bladder with a protective coating.   iAluRil® – High concentration, combination GAG replacement therapy. Hyacyst® - Temporarily replaces hyaluronic acid and protects the baldder wall
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Oral Medications

Pain relief Analgesics-Painkillers can help you to manage your pain. Various kinds of painkillers are available to help with different types and levels of pain. Analgesic Creams can be used to numb the urethra or vulva area.  Anti-Inflammatories are useful in the treatment of continuous or regular pain associated with inflammation. Some anti-inflammatories are available to purchase over the counter, whilst others are available only on prescription.  Anticonvulsants can b
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IC/PBS Treatments

Urine is a waste product that contains substances that can harm the body’s cells. The bladder wall is normally protected from the urine by a layer knows as glycosaminoglycans, or GAGs. In IC/PBS, the GAG layer becomes thin and defective which then exposes the bladder wall to urine, causing an inflammatory reaction. This results in symptoms of IC/PBS such as frequency and pain. The treatments break down into four general areas: Oral MedicationsIntravesical MedicationsOther T
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IC/PBS FAQ

Many sufferers do not seem to suffer with IC aloneDifferent symptoms of ICSevere urethral burningIf they can transplant hearts, etc., why not bladders?At times of anxiety my bladder fills much more rapidly than usualCan the beneficial effects to an IC sufferer of taking Amitriptyline wear off over a sustained periodI have found Atarax helpfulI suffer from IC, and also have serious constipation  Q: Many sufferers do not seem to suffer with IC alone. They often seem to have irritable bowel syn
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IC/PBS Diet

The relationship between diet and IC/PBS can be a confusing issue for sufferers. On the one hand, you are advised about the importance of a healthy diet and to eat a variety of foods from different food groups. This is certainly good advice. On the other hand, some of these "healthy" foods can make your symptoms worse. So, where do you start? Unfortunately there are no hard and fast rules. Every person has different tolerances to foods that will irritate their bladder.  The amount of fo
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Interstitial Cystitis/Painful Bladder Syndrome

Images illustrate an infected (left) and a normal (right) bladder. About Painful Bladder Syndrome/Interstitial Cystitis Interstitial Cystitis (IC) is a chronic inflammation of the bladder wall, which can also be diagnosed as Painful Bladder Syndrome (PBS). The cause of PBS/IC is not yet known, research continues to find the cause. Indications suggest the condition could be due to a defective bladder lining, or an autoimmune disorder. PBS/IC may resemble a bacterial blad
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BC FAQ

Q: Should I drink cranberry juice all of the time, or only when I get an attack of bacterial cystitis? A: Cranberry juice may be of help in preventing an attack as it has a bacteriostatic effect (inhibits bacterial growth). During an attack however, it has little effect. Beware of the high sugar content of some brands, as this may actually encourage the growth of bacteria. Q: I am prone to an attack of bacterial cystitis after sexual intercourse, what can I do to prevent this? A: 
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BC Diet & Nutrition

We are all advised to make sure our diet is a healthy one with plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables. This advice is even more important to those who suffer from bacterial cystitis/UTIs. It is easier for bacteria to invade our bodies when our immune systems are low. A healthy diet (and regular exercise!) can help to keep your immune system up to strength, and more able to fight off infections. A good fluid intake is also advised to flush out any bacteria that are lurking in the bladder, be
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Electromotive Drug Administration

EMDA or Iontophoresis is a method of sending antibiotics straight to an infected area. The antibiotics used are of a much higher concentration than would be possible to take either orally or intravenously. EMDA uses an electrical current to send the concentrated antibiotic solution to the infected tissues. A urethral catheter, containing an electrode, is inserted into the bladder. Patches (containing electrodes) are placed on the patient’s skin and a small electric current is set up from
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