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Interstitial Cystitis and Elmiron

Interstitial cystitis (IC) is a chronic condition causing bladder pressure, bladder pain and pelvic pain. The condition is a part of a spectrum of diseases known as painful bladder syndrome.

The bladder is a hollow, muscular organ that stores urine and when its full it sends signals to your brain that it's time to urinate, thereby creating an urge to empty the bladder or urinate. When a person (mainly women) have interstitial cystitis, these signals that she is full or not get mixed up when in fact the bladder is not full. Therefore the need to urinate more often and with smaller volumes. Treatment varies from medications, biofeedback and physical therapy to strengthen the pelvic wall muscles.


Common signs of Interstitial cystitis include:

  • Pain in the area between your pelvis or vagina and anus in women.
  • Pain in area between the scrotum and anus in men (perineum)
  • A persistent, urgent need to urinate throughout the day
  • Pain or discomfort while and after urinating.
  • Pain in same area as above during sexual intercourse.

Elmiron (pentosan) Medication for Interstitial cystitis (IC) and Painful Bladder Syndrome

Elmiron (pentosan polysuflate sodium) is the only FDA-approved orally taken drug to effectively treat IC. Recently though, medical researchers have found there are serious side effects with taking Elmiron for long term.

The Elmiron eye damage symptoms include:

  • Pigmentary Maculopathy,
  • Degenerative Eye Disease.
  • Loss of Central Vision
  • Taking a long time to adjust to the dark
  • Difficulty seeing close objects
  • Dimming of vision
  • Paracentral scotoma
  • Blurring of vision
  • Eye Pain
  • Irreversible Eye Damage / Permanent Blindness


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