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    Resolved: Catheter Clogging

    It took a while, but I finally figured out the cause of gunky, particulate super-clogs that never occurred before. Background: 32-years post C4-5 injury. Used to go up to six (6) months without changing suprapubic catheter, without ever flushing/irrigating. Then started getting clogs like crazy! And they would occur often. At least once a week, sometimes several a week. It was crazy! Tried changing diet, exercise, positioning, etc. but nothing worked. Added probiotics and thought that worked, but only for a few weeks (I need to change that post here). Anyway, I FINALLY learned that the pharmacy changed my Oxybutynin (5mg) to a different generic provider. It went from the little blue pill to a slightly bigger white pill, but I don't see the pills because my nurses count them out into a film case for taking with all my vitamins and the probiotic every morning. Well, I made the pharmacy switch back to the manufacturer of the little blue pills and the clogs stopped after about a week or two. It was great!

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    That is interesting. Mine also got switched. Hopefully I do not have the same side effect.
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    Even though they say that generics are the same, one way that they keep the cost of the drug down is by sometimes using different fillers. That could be the issue here. I have had the problem where antibioitics give m an allergic reaction after they go generic. The pharmacist actually figured it out for me. Went back to the original drug aand no problem.
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    Sorry to dig up an old thread!

    This is interesting. I had a pretty severe clogging problem about 8 years ago, and it seemed like overloading vitamin C for a couple of months fixed it. I figured that the pH shift helped to dissolve the sandy sediment.

    I've been having the same problem again for about a year. Coincidentally, it happened soon after trying to put lemon in my water every day. Since this alkalizes your body, I figured the previous method of using vitamin C would help again. No dice so far! I can only go 5-14 days before it inevitably clogs again. I have tried vitamin C, urinary probiotics, essential oils, and D-mannose (Recommended by my urologist).

    If I contacted my pharmacy, would they have records of such a change from 12 months or more ago?

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    Quote Originally Posted by EyesOfTexas View Post
    Sorry to dig up an old thread!

    This is interesting. I had a pretty severe clogging problem about 8 years ago, and it seemed like overloading vitamin C for a couple of months fixed it. I figured that the pH shift helped to dissolve the sandy sediment.

    I've been having the same problem again for about a year. Coincidentally, it happened soon after trying to put lemon in my water every day. Since this alkalizes your body, I figured the previous method of using vitamin C would help again. No dice so far! I can only go 5-14 days before it inevitably clogs again. I have tried vitamin C, urinary probiotics, essential oils, and D-mannose (Recommended by my urologist).

    If I contacted my pharmacy, would they have records of such a change from 12 months or more ago?
    My pharmacy, and others I have been to, supply a "receipt" that shows the name of the drug, the number of tablets/capsules dispensed, date of filling the prescription, date first prescribed, expiration date of the prescription and an expiration date for the medication. Along with that information is the name of the manufacturer of the medication (Teva, Taro, Lannett etc.) If you keep these "receipts" in your medical file or tax file, you should be able to look back and take note of the manufacturer from a year ago.

    Otherwise, if you are with the same pharmacy and have been filling a prescription for the same medication at that pharmacy, I think they would have computer records of all medication dispensed to you, with manufacturer information etc.

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    something I've been using for a while http://alturl.com/hy9xa Cystex Urinary Health Maintenance Cranberry 7.6 oz , which is loaded with cranberry concentrate,D-mannose, vitamin C, etc. just take a 1oz shot every night. Since you're having those symptoms take it twice a day along with a lot of water
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    Quote Originally Posted by crppled007 View Post
    something I've been using for a while http://alturl.com/hy9xa Cystex Urinary Health Maintenance Cranberry 7.6 oz , which is loaded with cranberry concentrate,D-mannose, vitamin C, etc. just take a 1oz shot every night. Since you're having those symptoms take it twice a day along with a lot of water
    Were you having similar issues with clogging sediment in your urine? Or do you use this just for bladder health in general?

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    Daily Renacidin instillations are a recommended method for dealing with excessive indwelling catheter clogging.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gjnl View Post
    My pharmacy, and others I have been to, supply a "receipt" that shows the name of the drug, the number of tablets/capsules dispensed, date of filling the prescription, date first prescribed, expiration date of the prescription and an expiration date for the medication. Along with that information is the name of the manufacturer of the medication (Teva, Taro, Lannett etc.) If you keep these "receipts" in your medical file or tax file, you should be able to look back and take note of the manufacturer from a year ago.
    It's also on the pill bottle if you look closely. Apo-Baclofen means Baclofen manufactured by Apotex, Mylan-Baclofen would be Baclofen manufactured by you guessed it, Mylan. Sometimes it's below the name too for example it would say just Baclofen and then under it says 60 or 90 tabs/pills and then it says "TEV" for TEVA or PMS for Pharmascience, and so on.

    I too had allergic reactions to antibiotics when they switched the generic I was used to, to another company. That's super interesting that it resolved your clogging though. Then again some things we eat/drink can affect clogging so it's not a stretch that pills could do it too. But who would think right!? Thanks for the update.

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    6 months, no change?
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