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Do i need a prescription to purchase catheters

by Shawn
(idaho)

I got two catheters from a urologist several years ago. I only use them occasionally when in public places. The ones I got had a green rubber end that probably connects to a bag of some sort. Can I just purchase catheters without a prescription?

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Ron here:

No prescription is needed especially if you buy online. If the catheter you have has only one outlet then it is not for attaching to a bag. Those are called Foley catheters. What you have is for intermittent use.

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Apr 25, 2015
yes and no NEW
by: Anonymous

technically Ron is right what you have is a ch14 intemittent catheter (isc) intermitttent self catheriazion)and it used for every now and again when needed. The green top indicated the catheter size ie: green ch14 orange ch16 red ch18 and so on.
these are generally used without a bag BUT can be attached to a bag if you are say out in the car in a public place and nowhere private,you can go in the car with a bag attached. there are also ISC's avalible with bags attached as standard for this type of senario such as coloplast speedicath for men, this is just one make of a few i know of.
A foley catheter is designed to stay in the urethra/bladder for upto 12 weeks at a time and it contiously attached to a bag, the bag gets emptied/changed when full.
hope this helps.

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