How will Uracyst help?
Uracyst has been shown to reduce symptoms of PBS/IC such as painful bladder and increased frequency and urge for urination.
How does Uracyst work?
Current clinical understanding is that in cases of interstitial cystitis there may be damage or a defect in the urinary GAG layer that allows these debilitating symptoms to occur. The use of a GAG replenishment therapy, such as Uracyst®, can help restore the protective barrier layer and reduce the impact on the underlying bladder tissue and allow the bladder to heal.
What does the treatment involve?
A lubricated urinary catheter is inserted into the bladder via the urethra. Any residual urine is drained from the bladder and the Uracyst® is poured in using a sterile funnel or syringe. The catheter is removed and the patient is instructed to hold the Uracyst in their bladder for as long as possible. The dosage schedule is once per week for six weeks, followed by once per month until symptoms resolve.
How difficult is it to hold Uracyst in my bladder for 30 minutes?
Many patients initially find it a challenge to hold Uracyst in their bladder for 30 minutes, but it becomes easier for patients to hold it for longer periods of time when they continue to use Uracyst®. Patients seem to notice improvement in the time that they are able to retain Uracyst® after the 3rd instillation.
Are there any side effects?
Like any medical process using catheterization, there is a risk of infection and short-term discomfort; however, there are no serious side effects associated with the use of Uracyst.
How should I prepare for treatment?
Your doctor will give you instructions on how to best prepare for your Uracyst instillation, but here are some of the things you can expect:
- Don’t drink anything within six hours of treatment.
- Visit the toilet shortly before treatment.
- Consult your doctor if you take diuretics (water tablets).
- Contact the clinic if you believe you have a urine infection.