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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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