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Elmiron Side Effects

Millions of women in the United States live and manage interstitial cystitis everyday. Unknowingy, many have also suffered serious Elmiron side effects without knowning the root cause of the side effects. People with IC often experience chronic symptoms in the urinary tract that may persist for 2 months or more. In some cases, the symptoms will last for over 2 years. A common theme with IC patients is bladder infections and other chronic diseases such as irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). Many people with continuing IC have an overactive bladder, low capacity for urine storage, and hard bladders. Often times, women diagnosed with interstitial cystitis find the symptoms are increased by excess emotional stress or physical stress.


Treatment of Interstitial Cystitis

Elmiron is often prescribed for women with interstitial cystitis, bladder pain syndrome/painful bladder syndrome. Physicians often find that simple dietary changes may help their patients manage and reduce the symptoms of IC. Some of the recommended diatary changes include limiting soda, tea, coffee, caffeine, alcohol, citrus, artificial sweeteners, and very spicy foods. A common method is to cut out all of these food groups for a several week period and then begin to introduce one at a time and track changes to see if one food group or change has made a positive effect on the bladder pain and IC.

Elmiron (pentosan) for painful bladder and IC

Elmiron (pentosan polysuflate sodium) is the only FDA-approved orally taken drug to effectively treat IC. That said, growing research suggests there are serious side effects with taking Elmiron including long term eye damage occurring with long term use. The developers (Janssen Pharmaceuticals) still really don’t know why or how Elmiron is effective at reducing IC symptoms yet the medication works well for many who take it. Since the late 1990’s Elmiron has been on the market and prescribed to millions of patients to treat IC. Often times, patients only use the drug for up to 6 months and their symptoms subside and they are taken off the medication. In other instances, the medication is effective yet when patients are taken off, the symptoms return and Elmiron pills must be resumed leading to decades of use.

Elmiron Side Effects

Although considered a safe and effective drug for decades, recent research by a number of Eye Centers and university scholars show a link between long term elmiron use and vision problems, blindness, eye problems impacting the retina and macula. Pigmentary maculopathy and elmiron use have been linked. Symptoms associated with pigmentary maculopathy include:

  • Blurred or blurry vision
  • Dark spots or black spots in vision
  • Night vision problems
  • Difficulty reading
  • Eye pain
  • Vision loss / blindness
  • Night Blindness
  • Central vision loss
  • Issues adjusting from light to darkness

Elmiron Legal Help

If you or a loved one took Elmiron and have suffered from these Elmiron related side effects, then call us at 1-800-883-9858 or fill out the form on the right side of this page. One of our Elmiron lawyers or staff will call you back to discuss your legal options to filing an Elmiron Side Effects Lawsuit for the injuries you have suffered.

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