Popular prescription drug Elmiron (pentosan sulfate sodium), treats interstitial cystitis. It can also be used for osteoarthritis. Janssen Pharmaceuticals, a division within Johnson & Johnson, manufactures Elmiron. Elmiron Lawsuit can be used as a pain reliever or urinary analgesic as well as as an anticoagulant or blood thinner.
WHAT IS INTERSTITIALCYS?
What is INTERSTITIAL CYSTITIS?
Interstitial cystitis, a chronic bladder condition, can cause a variety of symptoms including:
Interstitial cystitis affects over one million Americans. It is not curable. Elmiron, a prescription drug approved by FDA to treat interstitial cystitis or painful bladder syndrome, is the only one that the FDA has approved.
ELMIRON SIDE EFFECTS
These side effects may be common to Elimron:
Symptoms of upset stomach
An abnormal liver function
Blood in the stool
The drug manufacturer didn’t warn about possible vision impairment, retinal damage, maculopathy or eye disease. According to the American Academy of Ophthalmology, patients might experience other symptoms like:
vision damage or loss
Problems with reading and vision focus
Retinal damage/macula (retinal maculopathy)
It can be difficult to adjust to dim/dark lighting
VISION AND ELMIRON LOSS
Researchers found that nearly 25% of patients who had been exposed to Elmiron (pentosan-polysulfate sodium) for a significant amount of time (in 2018 and 2019) showed signs of eye damage. There may be evidence that vision problems can worsen even after Elmiron is stopped.
These studies revealed an increase in macular degeneration and a particular eye condition called retinal pigmentary Maculopathy. A 2019 Emory Eye Center study with six patients exposed to Elmiron found that ” had experienced unusual changes in their macular.” Kaiser Permanente’s 2018 study also revealed that Elmiron ” has caused retinal damage in approximately 25% of patients.
SYMPTOMS RETINAL PIGMENTARY MACULOPHY
These are the symptoms to be on the lookout for:
Loss of close vision
INADEQUATE WARNINGS ABOUT ELMIRON EYE DAMAGE
Research also showed that patients suffering from vision problems may have been initially diagnosed with an eye disease or vision disorder, such as pattern dystrophy or age-related macular destruction. These conditions can have similar symptoms. Research suggests that Elmiron patients with vision problems or other symptoms should consult their doctor or ophthalmologist to arrange an ophthalmic exam with retinal imaging.
However, warnings about macular damage, visual changes or other eye conditions weren’t listed in prescribing information for Elmiron prior to this research. FDA approved label changes on June 16, 2020. Janssen Pharmaceuticals, a drug manufacturer, admitted that Elmiron, when taken over time, “appears risk factor” for side effect including “retinal pigmentary modifications.”
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