Uracyst® is a fluid that is instilled into the bladder. It contains Sterile Sodium Chondroitin Sulfate Solution, 2.0%, and is effective in reducing the symptoms of painful bladder syndrome/interstitial cystitis (PBS/IC).
The main symptoms of PBS/IC are:
- painful bladder
- increased frequency of urination
- increased urge to urinate
PBS/IC is a disease caused by events that take place in the bladder. Urine contains harmful substances, which can irritate the cells of the bladder causing pain and inflammation. The bladder is, therefore, protected by a waterproof barrier called a GAG layer (glycosaminoglycan layer). When this waterproof barrier becomes leaky, urine begins to damage the bladder. This is what causes the symptoms of PBS/IC.
Chondroitin sulfate is one of the most important components of the GAG layer, which is lost due to PBS/IC. Uracyst works by replenishing the bladder with a protective coating of chondroitin sulfate, helping it to become waterproof again.
For information on side effects, warnings, precautions, interactions and proper use of this medicine, please consult with your doctor or pharmacist.
The Interstitial Cystitis Network
The Interstitial Cystitis Association
International Painful Bladder Foundation
International Society for the Study of BPS
Kitchener Waterloo Interstitial Cystitis Support
Vancouver Interstitial Support Group