Approximately 25 percent of Elmiron® users developed serious damage to their eyes after regularly taking the bladder pain medication. If you or a loved one took Elmiron for bladder pain associated with interstitial cystitis (IC) and developed vision problems, you may be entitled to compensation through an Elmiron lawsuit.
Elmiron Lawsuits: IC Drug Linked to Eye Damage
Elmiron is a prescription medication used to treat bladder pain/discomfort associated with interstitial cystitis (IC). This drug has been used for decades by hundreds of thousands of people.
An alarming report recently suggested that Elmiron may be toxic to the retina. The retina is a thin layer of tissue with the very important job of converting light into electric signals. Damage to the retina may cause vision loss, which may not be reversible.
Elmiron lawsuits are on the rise and are alleging the maker of the drug failed to warn patients about the risk of vision problems and the need for regular eye exams.
You or a loved one may be able to file an Elmiron lawsuit to receive compensation if you took the bladder pain drug and suffered vision damage.
Contact Simmons Hanly Conroy to learn about your legal options.
What Is Elmiron Used For?
Elmiron, known generically as pentosan polysulfate sodium, was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 1996.
Elmiron is used to treat interstitial cystitis (IC), a condition most common in women that causes chronic pain in the bladder and around the pelvis. Elmiron works by creating a protective coating in the bladder to reduce irritation.
Over 1 million people in the United States are believed to have IC, and Elmiron is the only drug in the country approved to treat it.
Since it has been used for decades and is the only drug available for this condition, several hundred thousand people could be at risk for developing serious side effects.
Elmiron Side Effects
Elmiron side effects are currently being investigated in numerous scientific studies.
Elmiron side effects may include:
- Blurred or distorted vision
- Difficulty reading
- Eye pain
- Loss of vision
- Macular degeneration
- Pigmentary maculopathy
- Retinal maculopathy
- Trouble adjusting to darkness
- Vision disturbances
In one recent study, a group of ophthalmologists with Kaiser Permanente identified 140 patients who each took an average of 5,000 Elmiron pills over 15 years.
Of the 91 patients who agreed to an eye exam, 22 had clear evidence of Elmiron toxicity.
The study’s findings suggest a link between Elmiron and eye disease in about 25 percent of patients who took large amounts of the drug.
If you or a loved one took Elmiron and developed issues with vision, you may be entitled to money from an Elmiron lawsuit. For more information on possible legal options due to Elmiron side effects, contact us now.
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For more than 20 years, the mission of Simmons Hanly Conroy has been to provide clients with the respect and attention they deserve. The firm has helped thousands of people from across the country recover more than $7 billion in verdicts and settlements.
If you believe you or a loved one suffered eye damage while taking Elmiron, you may be eligible to file an Elmiron lawsuit. Contact us today for a free legal consultation.
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