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Elmiron is typically prescribed to treat interstitial cystitis, or bladder pain syndrome. In 2018, an article by the American Academy of Ophthalmology revealed that several patients had been diagnosed with retinal maculopathy after being treated with Elmiron for interstitial cystitis. Maculopathy refers to a variety of pathological disorders of the central part of the retina, known as the macula. If the condition is untreated, it can result in serious, long-term vision impairment or loss. Click here to read updates on Elmiron safety warnings.

Update: FDA Approves New Warning Label for Elmiron

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Contact our Elmiron Lawyers to review whether you or a family member may be entitled to financial compensation. Levy Konigsberg LLP is currently accepting Elmiron cases in all 50 states.

If you or a loved one has suffered one or more of these complications, you may be entitled to a cash award and compensation for medical expenses. For a free confidential consultation with Elmiron Lawyers at our law firm, please call (800) 315-3806 or submit an email inquiry.

What is Elmiron?

Elmiron is known scientifically as pentosan polysulfate sodium (PPS). It is used to treat interstitial cystitis, an ailment of the urinary tract system that causes pain in the abdomen, pelvic, and genital regions. The condition may also lead to frequent urination. The pain associated with interstitial cystitis may be modest or severe, and may occur chronically or intermittently. For those with chronic symptoms, Elmiron is prescribed for extended periods of time.

What is Happening with Elmiron?

Elmiron is associated with the occurrence of a potentially significant disorder of the eye. The link between Elmiron and retinal maculopathy was discovered by researchers associated with the Emory Eye Center at the Emory University Medical School. The researchers observed that those who were treated for interstitial cystitis with Elmiron on a long-term protocol between 2015 and 2017 were at an increased risk for developing retinal maculopathy. These subjects reported significant difficulty reading and adapting in low-light situations. The authors concluded that a connection exists between this form of maculopathy and chronic exposure to PPS that merits further exploration. They also urged patients who have taken PPS to be screened regularly by an ophthalmologist if they experience unusual vision symptoms and to discontinue use of Elmiron if they are diagnosed with an eye disease.

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/29801663

https://www.practiceupdate.com/content/2018-top-stories-in-urology-severe-maculopathy-linked-with-use-of-sodium-pentosan-polysulfate/74882

Elmiron Side Effects and Complications

The most common side effects of Elmiron are:

  • Nausea;
  • Diarrhea;
  • Abdominal pain;
  • Headaches;
  • Hair loss;
  • Bleeding (Elmiron is also used as a mild blood thinner);
  • Bruising; and
  • Changes in mental state.

The most serious complication associated with Elmiron is retinal maculopathy. The symptoms of retinal maculopathy include:

  • Macular Degeneration;
  • Retinal changes;
  • Retinal Pigmentary Endothelium changes;
  • Pigmentary maculopathy;
  • Drusen;
  • Night vision difficulties;
  • Central vision loss;
  • Difficulty reading;
  • Difficulty adjusting to dim light;
  • Difficulty driving;
  • Poor light to dark adaptation.

Elmiron Lawyers are Ready to Help

Contact our Elmiron Lawyers to review whether you or a family member may be entitled to financial compensation. Levy Konigsberg LLP is currently accepting Elmiron cases in all 50 states.

If you or a loved one has suffered one or more of these complications, you may be entitled to a cash award and compensation for medical expenses. For a free confidential consultation with Elmiron Lawyers at our law firm, please call (800) 315-3806 or submit an email inquiry.

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