A prescription medicine for bladder pain or discomfort treatment is pentosan polysulfate sodium. It relieves symptoms of pain and discomfort in the bladder. But, this medicine can’t be buyable over-the-counter as it needs a doctor’s prescription.
Pentosan polysulfate sodium is in the form of a capsule, taken orally.
What is its use?
It is used to relieve bladder pain and discomfort, as already mentioned above. The said condition is related to interstitial cystitis. It is a disease-causing swelling and scarring of the bladder wall. The medicine is similar to low molecular weight heparins, working on preventing irritation of the bladder walls.
It is mentioned above that pentosan polysulfate must be prescribed by a doctor before using because of some reasons, such as:
- Allergies. Before using the medicine, inform the doctor if you had any unusual or allergic reaction to pentosan polysulfate or any other medicines.
- Pediatric. There have been no studies regarding the relationship of age to the pentosan polysulfate effects in children below 16 years old.
- Geriatric. There have been no studies regarding the relationship between age the pentosan polysulfate effects in the geriatric population.
- Breastfeeding. There have been not enough studies on women determining infant risk while taking the medication during breastfeeding.
- Drug interactions. It is common that certain medicines must not be used together at all. Always be on the cautious side.
How can it be used?
Pentosan polysulfate is in the form of a capsule to take orally. It is taken with water 3x a day, one hour before or 2-hour after meals. You must follow directions on the prescription label carefully and ask a doctor to explain any part you don’t understand. Never take more or less of it, follow the doctor’s prescription.
Take this medicine when directed by a doctor. Never take more, don’t take it more often, and don’t take it for a longer time than the doctor ordered. The medicine must come with a patient info leaflet. Follow the instructions carefully and ask a doctor if you still have questions. Take the medicine with water on an empty stomach 1 hour before or 2 hours after a meal.
In dosing, the medicine can be prescribed differently from one patient to the other. You should follow the doctor’s orders written on the prescription. When the dose is different, don’t change anything unless the doctor says to do so. The amount of medicine taken depends on the strength of the medicine.
Also, the number of doses taken each day, the allowed time between doses, and the time length when taking the medicine depend on the medical problems of the patient for which you use the medicine. Always follow the doctor’s prescription, otherwise, you will experience side effects.