Elmiron Use Linked to Severe Eye Damage

Elmiron (pentosan polysulfate sodium) is a widely used and prescribed drug that is designed to treat chronic and severe bladder and pelvis pain caused by interstitial cystitis. It is estimated that over 1 million Americans suffer from this condition, and Elmiron happens to be the only FDA approved drug to treat it. This medication has been used for decades to treat the pain associated with chronic interstitial cystitis, and now recent data has shown that long-term use of this medication causes severe eye damage. 

A recent study, conducted at Kaiser Permanente in California, found that 25 percent of their patients who had significant exposure to Elmiron showed signs of retina damage. What makes the retinal damages caused by Elmiron toxicity so troubling is that they masquerade as typical degenerative eye conditions that become more commonplace as people age. Additionally, since Elmiron has always been thought of as safe to take with little to no side effects, some patients ended up taking more Elmiron year after to year to mitigate and soothe the pain caused by their chronic IC. 

Dr. Vora of Kaiser Permanente had this to say, “It’s unfortunate. You have a patient with a chronic condition like interstitial cystitis, for which there is no cure and no effective treatment. They get put on these medications because it’s thought to have few side effects and few risks, and no one thinks about it again. And year after year, the number of pills they’re taking goes up and up.” There is good news for people taking Elmiron. If you stop use of the drug early enough, you can avoid retinal damage. If the Elmiron toxicity becomes severe it can lead to permanent vision loss. 

Reported Injuries Linked to Elmiron Use

We’ve compiled a list of all of the reported eye injuries linked to Elmiron use. The current prescription warnings do not mention potential macula, retina, or other eye damages at all. As more people come forward and additional lawsuits are filed, there may be more injuries that come to light. 

  • Vision Loss
  • Vision Blurring
  • Vision Impairment
  • Degenerative Maculopathy
  • Macular Retinopathy
  • Macular Dystrophy 
  • Pigmentary Maculopathy 
  • Halo Vision
  • Unilateral & Bilateral Blindness 
  • Retinopathy

You Can File a Lawsuit Against Elmiron

Elmiron’s manufacturer, Janssen Pharmaceuticals Inc, never warned users that the medication could lead to retinal and other eye issues. If you’ve been taking Elmiron, you could have a case! If you’ve been taking Elmiron, you need to visit your doctor and ophthalmologist, voice your concerns, and get a vision test to see if any damage has been done to your eyes. Don’t stop using medication without speaking to your doctor first. 

If your vision has been damaged by Elmiron use, get help and stand up to Janssen Pharmaceuticals Inc. The personal injury lawyers at Murphy Law Firm have over 150 years of combined litigation experience. We’ve stood up to big companies before, and if you or someone you love has been hurt by Elmiron, we can help you too! Call Murphy Law Firm at (225) 928-8800 to speak with a personal injury attorney and get a free consultation on your case.