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Unread 06-10-2005, 05:14 PM
Cranberry juice/bladder question

While reading through post I came across one which said not to drink cranberry juice because it irritates the bladder, is this true?

I had been avoiding sodas and drinking only cranberry juice and water. I started getting a itchy rash and thought maybe it was the cranberry juice so I switched to lemon/lime gatorade and water, the rash got better, but my bladder pain became worse.

Any thought and/or words of wisdom would be greatly appreciated.
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Unread 06-10-2005, 09:30 PM
Cranberry juice/bladder question


If you've got an inflammatory bladder disease like IC then cranberry juice is a real as it can irritate the already inflamed bladder even more. However, it's a very useful drink to take to stop bacteria attaching to the bladder walls to help prevent UTIs in someone with a 'normal' bladder.

It's interesting that you tried a carbonated drink instead as this too is extremely irritating to an IC bladder. It's one of my worst triggers.

Have you had your bladder pain checked out by a urologist?

Unread 06-10-2005, 10:06 PM
Cranberry juice/bladder question

I'm not sure, however I would bet theres citric acid in Gatorade. You might want to check--this might explain the worsening bladder pain.
If you like Gatorade and/or drink it for its rehydration benefits (ie--after a workout) you could always water it down..1/2 H2O, 1/2 Gatorade.
Also, have you tried PRELIEF? Its a supplement that helps neutralize the acidity in foods. It can be found at Walgreens.
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Unread 06-10-2005, 10:46 PM
Cranberry juice/bladder question

I had a lot of bladder problems post-hyst, and I gave up all juice and drinks except baby pear juice (diluted), tea, and water. I take CranActin pills, that have cranberry extract, and also something called Continence, which has cranactin in it as well. I'm much better now.
Unread 06-11-2005, 12:33 AM
Cranberry juice/bladder question

Usually whenever I have a urinary tract infection, I drink plenty of cranberry juice and it helps. There is an over-the-counter medication called AZO that helps. You should be able to find it in Wal-Mart. It will turn your urine a bright yellow color--you may want to wear a panty liner to prevent stains on your panties.

Unread 06-12-2005, 10:46 PM
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I take cranberry tablets and find them really good in helping UTI's
Give them a try
Unread 06-13-2005, 09:27 PM
Cranberry juice/bladder question

Thank you all!

The Macrobid I have been taking since Friday is really helping. I have stopped drinking cranberry juice, mainly because I think I might be allergic to it? I am allergic to Strawberries and now I have the same type of little itchy bumps all over my arms. If they are not gone by next week, I will go see the doctor about it.

As far as carbonated drinks, I'm not drinking anything with carbonation as I found out early in my recovery that they brought on pain almost immediately. Gatorade is not carbonated, but I never thought about the citric acid, so I'm holding off on that till the UTI is gone. Now I just drink water all day long.

I would think that anything with cranberry, cranberry extract, etc. would be bad if I truly am allergic to it. There is an allergy/asthma foundation in a neighboring city that I'm going to call tomorrow and see if I can get tested to see just what is causing this allergic reaction I'm having.

thank you so much for your input and advice.

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