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Elmiron Side Effects | Eye injury, Retinal Damage & More

The interstitial cystitis drug Elmiron (pentosan polysulfate sodium) has recently been linked to serious side effects including an incurable eye disease that can lead to blindness.
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What are the Serious Side Effects of Elmiron?

Long-term use of Elmiron has been linked to the following serious side effects:

  • Eye injury
  • Eye damage
  • Retinal damage
  • Retinal maculopathy
  • Pigmentary maculopathy
  • Adult pattern macular dystrophy
  • Retinal pigmentary endothelium injury (RPE)
  • Vision loss
  • Vision damage
  • Permanent retinal injury
  • Blurred vision
  • Night blindness
  • Alopecia (hair loss)
  • Diarrhea
  • Nausea
  • Gastroesophageal reflux
  • Headache
  • Skin rash
  • Sleep disorders
  • And more

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Has Elmiron Been Recalled?

To date, Elmiron has not been recalled in the United States, despite studies linking long-term use of the medicine to potentially permanent vision damage. Elmiron was approved by the Food and Drug Administration in 1996 and is still the only oral treatment available for interstitial cystitis.

Are There Other Side Effects?

In addition to being associated with the above serious side effects, Elmiron may cause the following moderate effects in certain users:

  • Skin rashes and/or bruising
  • Hair loss (alopecia)
  • Sleeping problems
  • Headaches
  • Gaining weight
  • Swelling
  • Dizziness
  • Liver problems
  • Urinary tract infection
  • Bloody stools
  • Diarrhea
  • Reflux

How Effective is Elmiron for Treating Interstitial Cystitis?

In double-blind, placebo controlled clinical trials, 38% of patients who took Elmiron for 3 months reported improvement in their interstitial cystitis symptoms. In open-label trials, 61% of patients reported improvement. Elmiron works by restoring a damaged, thin, or “leaky” bladder surface, according to Janssen Pharmaceuticals.

How Long Should I Stay on Elmiron?

A typical dose of Elmiron is 100 mg. three times a day, for a total of 300 mg/day. Some patients report relief from symptoms in 3 to 4 weeks. For others, it may take up to 6 months for symptoms to resolve. The manufacturer urges patients to continue therapy for at least 6 months before discontinuing treatment.

Is There an Alternative to Elmiron?

Because there is no other FDA approved drug used to treat interstitial cystitis that provides a similar effect, patients seeking an alternative usually turn to chondroitin-based supplements, which are believed to have a similar coating effect. Because Elmiron has become so expensive, many patients have made this transition with successful results.

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