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Has anyone had any luck with Renaciden rinse to reduce bladder infections? Hows it work?
Renacedin does not reduce the risk of UTI, in fact doing irrigations by breaking the seal between the indwelling catheter and the bag and introducing a foreign material can increase the risk of infection.
Renacedin is used to dissolve encrustations on the inside of the catheter that tend to clog the catheter. It is generally done daily, but should only be used for those who need frequent (more often than monthly) catheter changes in spite of "irrigation from above" (drinking 3+ quarts daily) due to clogging.
Suby G solution or Irrigating Solution G will also do the same thing, but cost about 1/4 the price of Renacedin.
10-18-2001, 08:48 PM
My son is a C5 quad, three years post next month, with an indwelling catheter. He was extremely prone to both UTIs and bladder stones and grit. One weekend we were forced to do an emergency catheter change at home twice in 24 hours because the stones had so clogged his foley. He wound up taking a course of antibiotics about once every four or five weeks because of recurring UTIs, and was getting his catheter changed regularly every week, period.
We tried cranberry tablets, high doses of vitamin C, the usual remedies to make his urine more acidic, but with no useful success. We also altered his diet to decrease the stones. In this regard we were partially successful, not not wholly.
We've been doing a renacidin rinse three times daily, 30cc at a time, for most of this year and my son has not had one UTI since, nor has he had any stones or grit to speak of, certainly not enough to merit concern.
This has been our experience. No doubt others have had different levels of success with renacidin, as everyone's needs, circumstances and metabolisms differ. It is not the only treatment available, nor did we investigate every single one. But renacidin has certainly worked for us.
Renacedin in and of itself is not magic and does not reduce the incidence of UTI.
Keeping an indwelling catheter unclogged will reduce the incidence of UTI as it prevents a clogged catheter from causing reflux of continuously colonized urine from the bladder to the kidney, causing a UTI. It is very likely that the same results would occur with either Suby G or Irrigating Solution G instillation, and there is no known advantage for doing this for someone who has no problems keeping their catheter from clogging for 4-6 weeks between changes.