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ELMIRON® (pentosan polysulfate sodium) is the only oral medication FDA approved to treat the pain and discomfort of IC.
Because the symptoms of interstitial cystitis (IC) are so similar to other conditions and since they may get worse over time, the sooner you speak with a doctor the better. And only a doctor can prescribe ELMIRON® (pentosan polysulfate sodium), the only FDA-approved oral medication to treat the bladder pain or discomfort associated with IC.
Consulting With Your Doctor
Although any physician can prescribe ELMIRON® (pentosan polysulfate sodium), urologists and obstetrician/gynecologists (OB/GYNs) are two types of specialists who tend to be most familiar with the diagnosis and treatment of IC due to their specialized clinical experience. And since misdiagnosis of IC is common, you may consider going to one of these types of doctors.
Preparing for Your Doctor Visit
It's helpful to bring the following information that may help your doctor evaluate your symptoms.
Complete the IC Symptom Questionnaire
Although it can't formally diagnose IC, completing the IC Symptom Questionnaire can help your doctor evaluate your symptoms.
Track Your Symptoms
You should also make note of the severity and frequency of your symptoms. Using a Symptom Journal is a quick and easy way to track things.
If the Diagnosis Is IC
You should also be prepared to ask your doctor some questions, because the better you understand your condition, the better you and your doctor can manage it. Here are a few to consider:
- What is causing my pain?
- How did I get IC? Is it hereditary?
- Will IC affect my sex life?
- Is there a cure for IC?
- How effective are IC treatments?
- Could ELMIRON® help treat my symptoms?
- Which trigger foods should I avoid?
- What hope is there of getting better?