Can IC patients take special vitamins?

There are a great many claims made about diets and vitamins which are completely unsubstantiated in terms of improving the IC patients symptoms. If your urine pH is a little on the low side and this is affecting you, try to take something like potassium citrate. Another simple and certainly cost effective way to lower the urines acidity is to drink a glass of water with a teaspoon of baking soda mixed in when symptoms flare (consult with your physician if you are on a salt-restricted diet). It is good to have a well balanced diet, taking care to avoid those food products that can set off your symptoms. There are lots of diets out there that you can follow. Most of them are very restrictive and will ultimately keep you away from every food that you ever loved. The problem here is that not every diet is right for every patient. Some foods seem to have a significantly negative impact on some patients but no impact on others. My general advice here is to test yourself out. I have an article I give to patients that says, "Foods that MAY affect the IC Patient." You can get the same type of list from the ICA. I encourage patients to begin with a relatively bland diet and add the foods on the list into the diet one by one. If theres some question as to whether a particular food is causing a problem, take it out of the diet and add it in a second time. The metabolic by-products of foods usually are seen in the urine from one to twelve hours later so thats when to look for a worsening of symptoms. I have heard that the consequences of certain foods can be seen days later but I have found this to be a rarity. The foods to particularly watch out for include: tomatoes, caffeinated beverages, carbonated beverages, alcoholic beverages, and chocolate. There are still many patients who can tolerate some or all of these items.