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Elmiron is Used to Treat Interstitial Cystitis – Are There Other Treatments?

December 1, 2019
Colson Hicks Eidson

Elmiron is a prescription medication used to treat interstitial cystitis, also known as painful bladder syndrome. This condition is stressful for those who suffer from it. Unfortunately, recent research has shown that medication Elmiron can cause eye disease. At Colson Hicks Eidson, our knowledgeable and experienced team is helping those who have been harmed due to taking Elmiron. We are known nationwide for our work on behalf of those injured due to defective prescription drugs. Today, we want to discuss interstitial cystitis, how it is treated, and what to do if you are on Elmiron.

How is interstitial cystitis (painful bladder syndrome) diagnosed?

Interstitial cystitis is a chronic bladder health problem that is a feeling of pain and pressure in the bladder region. Symptoms for patients suffering from interstitial cystitis can be constant or they can come and go. The pain related to this illness can be excruciating. This illness can also cause a person to need to urinate very frequently.

Interstitial cystitis must be diagnosed by a doctor. Your physician will learn your medical history and examine a bladder diary. A doctor will perform a pelvic exam and a urine test. A cystoscopy (small camera inserted into the urethra) may be performed, and a biopsy of tissue from the bladder may be examined.

There are various treatments for interstitial cystitis. One of those is Elmiron, though doctors are not sure exactly why this medication works for painful bladder syndrome. What is becoming clear is that long-term use of Elmiron can cause eye disease.

Other treatments a doctor may prescribe for those suffering from interstitial cystitis include:

  • Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs like ibuprofen or naproxen sodium as pain relievers.
  • Tricyclic antidepressants such as amitriptyline or imipramine that can work to relax a bladder and block pain.
  • Antihistamines such as loratadine, which may reduce urinary urgency and frequency.

Doctors have used nerve stimulation techniques to treat this illness. Some patients have undergone bladder distention (stretching the bladder with water) and found temporary relief.

We can help you secure compensation

It is unfortunate that the only prescription medication specifically approved to treat interstitial cystitis has been found to cause irreversible eye disease. No recall has been issued by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for Elmiron.

If you or someone you care about has sustained eye damage due to Elmiron, please seek legal assistance today. At Colson Hicks Eidson, you can count on a nationally-recognized firm handling your case. Our goal is to secure the compensation you need due to this defective prescription drug, including:

  • Cost of your current and future medical bills due to the eye damage
  • Recovery of income lost if you are unable to work
  • Pain and suffering damages
  • Loss of enjoyment of life damages
  • Punitive damages against the manufacturer of Elmiron

When you need an Elmiron attorney in Florida (or across the United States), we are ready to help. You can contact us for a free consultation by clicking here or by calling us at 305-476-7442.