Elmiron is a prescription drug used for treating IC (interstitial cystitis), which is a chronic bladder condition. Even though this drug has been used for a few decades, recent studies have shown that the extended use of Elmiron can lead to eye issues. Some of these issues include blindness, vision loss, and retinal damage.
If you or someone in your family took Elmiron and experienced any type of eye injury or issue that is related to the drug, it’s best to reach out to our legal team for help. We can review the facts of your case to determine if you have grounds to file a lawsuit to receive damages.
What Is Elmiron
Elmiron was approved as an oral medication for daily use for those with IC or bladder pain syndrome. The scientific name of this drug is pentosan polysulfate sodium. It’s believed that it will create a thin layer along the bladder’s wall to help protect it from the harmful and irritating substances that are contained in urine.
Interstitial Cystitis Due To Elmiron Use
This is a chronic condition that can result in several symptoms, including pelvic pain, painful bladder syndrome, bladder pain, and bladder pressure.
The specific cause of IC is not known. However, there are some factors that may lead to this condition, which include problems with the bladder’s protective lining, which let toxic substances in your urine cause irritation in the wall of the bladder.
This is the condition that Elmiron tries to prevent. It is most commonly prescribed to women who are diagnosed with IC.
Has Elmiron Been Recalled by the FDA?
While there are several studies showing tangible proof of the risks related to taking Elmiron, the FDA has not recalled it. It can still be prescribed by doctors, even though it presents several health risks, including serious and permanent eye issues.
If you or someone in your family has been prescribed this medication, you can speak to your doctor about a potential alternative.
For individuals who have dealt with any type of vision loss or eye injury and who believe it’s related to the use of Elmiron, they should discuss the problem with their doctor. Your doctor can let you know if it is safe for you to stop taking the medication.
Potential Side Effects From Elmiron
Some of the most common side effects experienced by those taking Elmiron include:
- Hair loss
- Weight gain
- Blood in the stool
- Abnormal liver function
- Upset stomach
Potential Eye and Vision Issues Related to Elmiron Use
There were no warnings about possible vision loss or damage issued to patients taking Elmiron. While this is true, there are some that have been discovered and related to the medication.
Some of the vision and eye-related symptoms you may see include:
- Issues adjusting to dark or dim light
- Retinal or macula damage (maculopathy)
- Issues with vision, reading, and focus
- Vision loss
- Drug toxicity
There are several studies and reports that have been released that link the use of Elmiron for long periods of time to serious vision issues, eye injury, and the potential of permanent vision loss.
If you have been prescribed Elmiron and experienced any vision changes, which include (but aren’t limited to) impaired vision, macular degeneration, blurred vision, or other disorders, you may be able to recover compensation by filing a lawsuit.
Steps to Take if You Experience Vision Issues Related to Elmiron Use
If you are diagnosed with an injury related to the use of Elmiron, the first step to take is to mitigate the injury. This is done to reduce the impact of your injury – financially and physically.
Be sure to get medical care for the issue and follow all treatment recommended. You should also talk about stopping your use of the drug if you are still taking it.
Filing an Elmiron Lawsuit
With medical proof of your injury and a record of how long you have taken Elmiron, you may have the information needed to file a lawsuit against the drugmaker. Our legal team is ready to review the facts of your case and help you move forward to recover the compensation you need and deserve. We are your advocates and will fight for your rights. Let us help with your lawsuit and ensure that you get the compensation deserved for the financial and medical impact that taking Elmiron has had on you and your life. Contact us today to get started with your lawsuit.