Re: Elmiron and Enablex
I have been taking Elmiron for almost a year and it has really helped me. I take it orally and also via bladder instillations. The instillations are a wonderful way to begin treating bladder inflammation. You should take Elmiron for at least a year in order to give it a chance to build up in your system and offer relief. Also, don't let people scare you by talking about the side-effects. In general, Elmiron is a well tolerated drug. Most people have absolutely no side effects. I never had any! The most common side effect is gastro-intestinal trouble. But, many find that if you open the capsule and empty the contents into a small glass of water that the gastro problems will go away (it's the capsule that causes them). I had absolutely no hair loss on Elmiron. It's a very rare side-effect.
My advice to you would be to talk to your doctor about Elmiron instillations. My uro mixes the contents of 2 Elmiron capsules with Sodium Bicarbonate, Sterile Water, and Lidocaine. This mixture is put into my bladder via a catheter. I hold it in for two hours and then pee it out. After about 4 or 5 treatments I really started to feel better and it's only gotten better as time goes on. Now, a year after my diagnosis I feel wonderful almost all of the time!