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About Elmiron and Cystitis
ELMIRON® is the only oral medication that’s FDA approved to treat the pain or discomfort of interstitial cystitis (IC). It’s available by prescription only.
Easing your IC symptoms over time: Symptom improvement is gradual. Some patients may experience symptom improvement in as little as 4 weeks. A study has shown that 61% of patients experience improvement of bladder pain/discomfort after just 3 months.
It’s important to stay in contact with your doctor to discuss your progress over time. If you have not experienced symptom improvement by 6 months of therapy, you should talk to your doctor.
Interstitial cystitis (IN-ter-STISH-ul sis-TY-tis) — also known as IC or Painful Bladder Syndrome — is a chronic, yet treatable, inflammatory condition of the bladder that affects both women and men. If you think you have IC, it may seem like no one understands what you’re going through. Remember, you’re not alone. Your doctor can help with treatment for your IC.
Although IC is most commonly recognized in women, many men are also being diagnosed. The exact number of people with IC is unknown, but current estimates suggest that there may be as many as 9 million women in the United States who suffer from chronic pelvic pain.
IC can affect people of any age, race or sex. Many people think that IC is a condition of middle age. But approximately 25% of patients are under 30 years old when they first develop symptoms, and the mean age at diagnosis is 44 years.
Although there is no known cure for IC, relief can be achieved through proper treatment. ELMIRON® is the only oral medication that is FDA approved to treat the bladder pain and discomfort of IC.
How IC Affects Your Bladder: Inside the bladder, there is a mucous layer that lines and protects the bladder wall. When someone has IC, the mucous layer is believed to be damaged, which may allow irritating substances in the urine to aggravate and inflame the bladder wall, resulting in pain.
Additional Elmiron Resources
Frequently asked questions – Get the answers
Learn to manage your IC - Get diet tips that help
Diagnose your own symptoms – Take the self-screener test