Take charge of your interstitial cystitis (IC) by talking with your IC doctor and other healthcare providers about each of your IC medicines.

  • Ask your doctor what each medicine does. Find out about possible side effects. Learn whether IC patients might experience more severe side effects than other patients.
  • Find out when you should take your medicines and how much you should take for each dose. Learn whether you should take your medicines on an empty stomach or with food. Also ask whether you should avoid alcoholic beverages or certain foods when you take your medicines.
  • Ask your doctor whether it would be wise to start with the lowest dose possible to treat your IC symptoms effectively.
  • Talk with your doctor about how long it will take for you to see improvement in your IC symptoms.
  • Call your doctor if side effects are bothering you. Ask about alternative medicines for controlling symptoms of IC.
  • Sign up to receive emails from the FDA about safety notices or recalls for your medicines. Plan ahead and be prepared to take action in case one of your medicines is not available.
  • Ask your pharmacist to help you locate another pharmacy or supplier that has the medicines you need.
  • Check the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) website about shortages. This site offers tips on finding medicines in short supply.
  • Check the American Society of Health System-Pharmacists (ASHP) website for ways to try to locate medicines in short supply.
  • Have a medicine made up at a compounding pharmacy. A compounding pharmacy mixes medicines from the individual ingredients. Sometimes, compounding pharmacists can make up from similar ingredients pills, suppositories, or instillations of medicines for insertion into the bladder.

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Revised Thursday, April 30th, 2015