DMSO (Dimethyl Sulfoxide)
This treatment involves instilling DMSO into the bladder by a small catheter.
Some patients find they have a garlic-like taste and odour for 1 or 2 days after treatment, this is due to the product odour being excreted through the lungs. Initially, there may be cystitis-like symptoms with urethral burning during voiding but these usually settle down within a day or two.
The treatment is usually given for 6-8 weeks at fortnightly intervals. A catheter is placed into the bladder and the DMSO solution is held in place for up to 15 minutes. The solution is then voided out.
Some patients may experience discomfort whilst the product is instilled.