What is ELMIRON® ?
ELMIRON® is a prescription medication used to treat the bladder pain or discomfort associated with interstitial cystitis (IC). It is not known exactly how ELMIRON® works, but it is not a pain medication like aspirin or acetaminophen and therefore must be taken continuously for relief as prescribed by your doctor.
Getting Bladder Instillations
At our office, we offer bladder instillations. This is a procedure done in the office where we inject a mixture of beneficial medications, including ELMIRON®, into your bladder via catheter. First, we ask you to completely empty your bladder. Then, the urethra is numbed and the catheter is inserted. Medication is injected into your bladder, and you’re done! The process from start to finish takes about 15 minutes. You should aim to hold the medication in your bladder for four hours to allow it time to “soak in”.
How does this help my symptoms?
We don’t know exactly how ELMIRON® works but it does help relieve pain and therefore frequency associated with Interstitial Cystitis. Patients report less bladder irritation, less frequency, and less bladder pain while coming in for instillations.
We have a variety of patients that come in for treatments on a bi-weekly, weekly, monthly, or quarterly basis. If you are interested in scheduling an instillation, please call our office!