Originally Posted by jessicalynn11
Minibean- What treatments have you undergone?
I haven't tried any of the instillations - I really don't want to put myself through that. As for oral medications, I've tried Elmiron, Atarax, Detrol, Ditropan, a tricyclic antidepressant (can't remember the name, but it wasn't Elavil), at least one of the alpha-blockers (again, can't remember the name), glucosamine (the vegan one from Freeda) and possibly more that I am forgetting.
Currently, I'm taking glucosamine and Atarax. I also take BCP without any breaks which helps me immensely, because I had horrible flare-ups during my periods. Obviously from what you said, that wouldn't be a good idea for you! The hormone thing is weird. Some people with IC can't tolerate BCP at all and for some, like me, it is a godsend.
After all this, I've found Atarax helps me the most with frequency which was/is one of my main symptoms. I haven't really been taking the glucosamine long enough to know how well it will work - it's supposed to be similar to Elmiron in that is coats the bladder.
I still have some things on my "may try in the future" list, including MSM and Elavil.
This probably sounds kind of overwhelming... sorry! Some people do find something that works for them fairly quickly. It's a very individual condition.