The Dangers of Elmiron Medication

Elmiron is a popular bladder pain medication that is prescribed by doctors to patients experiencing bladder discomfort or interstitial cystitis. While there is not enough information available about how Elmiron functions, it is believed to stick to the mucus lining in the bladder and reduce irritable solutes present from the urine from reaching the bladder walls. 

Is Elmiron Safe?

Research studies on Pentosan Polysulfate Sodium (PPS) commonly known as Elmiron have raised concerns that Elmiron could potentially be causing harmful side effects like eye injuries or permanent vision damage. Such eye diseases include macular degeneration or RPE also known as retinal pigmentary endothelium injury. Based on studies conducted by the Emory University Medical School in Atlanta, Georgia Elmiron is also thought to be associated with retinal maculopathy.

Studies further show that people who were suffering from interstitial cystitis or ailment of the urinary tract from 2015 to 2017 experienced significant issues while adjusting their eyes to dim lights or when reading. This caused researchers to believe that there could be some association between long term exposure to Elmiron and eye diseases. 

What Are Your Options If You Have Consumed Elmiron?

If you have been administering Elmiron for a long time, it is crucial to check with your doctor as soon as possible and seek an Elmiron alternative while discussing the risks of Elmiron related eye damage. Since Elmiron cannot be deemed safe to use, it is also suggested to ask your ophthalmologist to check your eyes if you are suffering from irregular vision problems. Besides, please stop taking Elmiron immediately, since it may worsen your eye condition or cause irreparable vision damage.

Filing Your Elmiron Lawsuit

If you are someone who has used Elmiron and are experiencing eye injuries you could be eligible to receive Elmiron settlement benefits. There are multiple class action lawsuits against Janssen Pharmaceuticals the manufacturer of Elmiron drug holding them accountable for their potential negligence. The eligibility to submit a claim is based on the side effects and the resulting eye damage. 

Some side effects that are eligible for a claim include:

  • Scotoma
  • Maculopathy
  • Retinopathy
  • Pigment Maculopathy

To be qualified to receive a settlement, you should have experienced one of the following conditions because of the side effect:

  • Vision Loss
  • Vision Impairment
  • Difficulty adapting eyes to dim light
  • Blurred Vision
  • Halo Vision
  • Difficulty reading
  • Less vivid colors
  • Unilateral Blindness
  • Bilateral Blindness
  • Dark spots seen in the center of vision

If you are experiencing any of the eye conditions listed above, it is recommended to hire a lawyer to understand your options.

How can a Dangerous Drug Lawyer Assist Your Case?

Since the research around Elmiron consumption is relatively recent, limited information is available and most people do not know that they could be eligible to claim a settlement. If you think that you have been wronged and your eye injury is caused by Elmiron consumption, you can file a lawsuit against the manufacturers of Elmiron drug and hold them responsible for their negligence. A seasoned dangerous drug lawyer will assist in filing your lawsuit and help you seek justice for your pain and suffering. The lawyers at Riddle and Brantley have some additional information on the dangers of Elmiron on their blog here: