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Interstitial Cystitis Clinical Studies

New treatment methods are currently being tested in clinical studies for interstitial cystitis. For example, a drug commonly used to treat depression may work to block nerve signals from the bladder -- reducing pain and frequent urination associated with the condition. Patients who join clinical studies have the first chance to benefit from treatments that have shown promise in earlier research.

An Overview of Interstitial Cystitis Clinical Studies

Researchers are hard at work conducting many types of clinical studies on interstitial cystitis. These research studies are designed to answer important questions about the disorder and to find out whether new approaches are safe and effective. These studies already have led to many advances, and researchers continue to search for more effective methods for dealing with the condition.
 

Current Areas of Focus in Interstitial Cystitis Research

Interstitial cystitis researchers are currently testing new approaches to treatment. One clinical study is looking at the effectiveness of amitriptyline (Elavil®) for interstitial cystitis treatment. Amitriptyline has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the treatment of depression, but researchers believe the drug may work to block nerve signals that trigger pain in the bladder and may also decrease muscle spasms in the bladder, helping to reduce both pain and frequent urination.
 
Other clinical studies are looking at various aspects of interstitial cystitis, such as how the components of urine may injure the bladder and what role organisms identified by nonstandard methods may play as one of the causes of interstitial cystitis.
 

Potential Benefits of Participation in Clinical Studies

Patients who join interstitial cystitis clinical studies have the first chance to benefit from treatments that have shown promise in earlier research. They also make an important contribution to medical science by helping doctors learn more about the disorder. Although clinical studies may pose some risks, researchers take careful steps to protect their patients.
 

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