What is Uracyst®?
Uracyst® is a fluid that is instilled in to the bladder. It contains Sterile Sodium Chondroitin Sulfate Solution, 2.0%, and is effective in reducing the symtoms of interstitial cystitis/painful bladder syndrome (IC/PBS).
What does Uracyst® do?
Uracyst® works by replenishing the bladder with a protective coating of chondroitin sulfate, helping it to become waterproof again. Uracyst® reduces pain, frequency and urgency.
How is Uracyst® administered?
It is normally instilled, with a small tube called a catheter directly into the bladder. 20ml of the solution is instilled, and it is recommended that patients hold it in the bladder for at least 30 minutes to allow it to work. It can then be passed out by visiting the toilet.
How long do I need treatment for?
Treatment with Uracyst® can be tailored to your needs. Usually, treatments start at once a week for 4-6 weeks, and then once a month thereafter until symptoms are under control. The instillation is usually carried out by a nurse in an outpatient clinic; however you can be trained to do this at home. This is known as ‘self-catheterisation.’
Does Uracyst® have any side-effects?
Research has shown that Uracyst® is well tolerated and causes few, if any adverse reactions. Occasionally, some localised irritation has been experienced as a result of the instillation procedure itself, rather than as a side-effect of Uracyst®.
How do I obtain treatment with Uracyst®?
Although Uracyst® is classified as a medical device, and is therefore not subject to the usual pharmaceutical supply regulations, it does require administration by qualified medical personnel. Furthermore, the decision as to whether or not Uracyst® is appropriate for any given patient must lie with the urologist.