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There is no cure for interstitial cystitis, and no treatments have proven consistently effective for all people with the disease. A good treatment plan involves a multifaceted approach that focuses on the specific treatments that give the individual the most effective relief of symptoms. This may require a combination of medications, dietary and lifestyle changes, therapeutic treatments, and/or surgery.
Dietary changes include avoiding foods and fluids that irritate the bladder. Common irritants include aged cheeses, alcohol, citrus juices, tea, sour cream, tomatoes, yogurt, MSG, coffee, cured or processed meats, and many fruits.
Medications that may be effective in reducing some symptoms include certain antidepressants, pain medications, and a medication called Elmiron. There are also special medications that can be instilled directly into the bladder.
Therapies that may help symptoms of interstitial cystitis include bladder training. Surgery may also be necessary in some cases.
Alternative treatments, home remedies, other other complementary therapies that have been listed as possibly helpful for Painful urination in various sources may include:
Review the treatment information pages for various causes of Painful urination:
More causes: not all possible causes for Painful urination are listed above; for a full list refer to causes of Painful urination.
Only your doctor can advise whether any of these treatments are appropriate for your specific medical situation. Always discuss all treatment options with your doctor before making a decision, including whether to start or discontinue any treatment plan.
The following list of conditions have 'Painful urination' or similar listed as a symptom in our database. This computer-generated list may be inaccurate or incomplete. Always seek prompt professional medical advice about the cause of any symptom.
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