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Medical Treatment of Interstitial Cystitis
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Cystistat Therapy in Interstitial Cystitis
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Dietary Advice in Interstitial Cystitis

  • Some foods and drinks make symptoms worse
  • Some foods will precipitate attacks
  • Dietary control MAY relieve symptoms
  • As part of Treatment Regime dietary control can help

Foods to avoid

  • Spicy foods eg Curries
  • Chilli based foods
  • Raw tomatoes
  • Citrus based foods eg Lemon Curd/Marmalade

Drinks to avoid

  • Tea
  • Coffee (Decaff is ok)
  • Red Wine
  • Spirits
  • Citrus based drinks

Cystistat - simple instillation treatment for painful interstitial cystitis
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Interstitial Cystitis - visit the ICSG site
Interstitial Cystitis is a Chronic Benign Inflammatory condition of the Bladder characterised by:

  • Frequency
  • Urgency
  • Pain on passing Urine (Dysuria)
  • Pain after passing Urine
  • Pain after passing Urine
  • Negative Urine Cultures
  • No relief with simple pain Killers or Antibiotics

The condition predominates in Women aged 18 to 80 years and is difficult to treat.

The cause is unknown but theories propose there is:

  • An allergic response in the bladder to either a product found in the urine or to an infecting agent (bacteria.)
  • A defect in the protective coating of the bladder wall.
  • A change in the Cell defence mechanism of the Bladder.
  • Changes in the Nerve Supply or blood supply to the Bladder.

These are carried out in the outpatients department and may include Flexible Cystoscopy, ultrasound of the kidneys and bladder, and a Cystometrogram.

This may be Multiple and often with varying success and includes:

  • Oral Therapy
  • Intravesical Therapy
  • Surgical Treatment


Capio Healthcare Springfield Hospital
Patient Advice Sheet on Cystistat, Mr Lewi patients

You will have recently been to see Mr Lewi, who has advised you to have a 6 week course of Cystistat instilled into your bladder in order to treat your urinary symptoms. Cystistat is a clear liquid that is inserted into your bladder, via a catheter.

The aim of the treatment is to stabilise and strengthen the lining of your bladder by the topical application of cystistat.

You will receive your dates from Sarah Buttle, Specialist Urology Sister and also a letter from Springfield Hospital confirming your admission. You will only be at the hospital for ½ an hour and you will be able to drive in/home. You can eat/drink as normal.

On arrival at the hospital please report to main reception, where a member of the administration team will escort you to your room. Sarah will then meet you.

You will need to have a small catheter inserted into your bladder, via which the treatment is instilled. The catheter is then removed and you will be shown to the bathroom for a wash and then you can get dressed.
You need to hold the treatment in your bladder for a minimum of an hour.

At this stage you can order tea/coffee from the kitchen and then you can go home.

It takes about 4 weeks worth of treatment before to you begin to feel any improvement, so do not become disheartened.

If you have any questions please call Sarah on 07905 428836.

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