If you or someone you care about has taken Elmiron, then you may be at risk of serious eye disease. Elmiron, the brand name of a drug called Pentosan, is taken to relieve pain from a bladder syndrome. At Colson Hicks Eidson, our nationally-recognized firm is now handling these cases for clients throughout the state of Florida and the United States. We will use our vast resources to investigate whether you have been affected by this defective pharmaceutical and to secure the compensation you need.
Elmiron is used to treat pain caused by interstitial cystitis, commonly referred to as “painful bladder syndrome.” It was first approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for use in humans in 1995.
How is a bladder medication linked to this eye disease?
Patients taking Elmiron, the brand name for Pentosan Polysulfate Sodium, have a high risk of sustaining a retinal injury called maculopathy. This problem was first brought to the public’s attention by Dr. Nieraj Jain, a researcher at the Emory Eye Center at the Emory School of Medicine in Atlanta, GA. He says that the retinal cells of patients taking Elmiron may be accumulating Pentosan or a toxic metabolite over time.
What are the common symptoms that victims experience?
The most common symptoms linked to taking Elmiron were presented at the American Urology Association Annual Meeting in May of 2019 and include:
Difficulty adapting to dim lighting
Vision disturbances or distorted vision
Trouble seeing things up close
What is recommended for those taking Elmiron?
Anyone who has been taking Elmiron should undergo a full eye examination regardless of whether they have experienced any adverse vision symptoms. This includes those who have not been taking Elmiron for long periods of time. Dr. Jain says that the youngest of his patients began showing symptoms of eye disease by the age of 30.
Is the damage irreversible?
Researchers have said that the vision-threatening pigmentary maculopathy caused by Elmiron is likely irreversible, with vision loss not recoverable. That is why it is so important to speak with the doctor who prescribed the drug to you and to undergo a full eye examination.
We are here to secure the compensation you deserve
If you or someone you know has been taking Elmiron for interstitial cystitis, they may need to seek legal assistance today. Elmiron has been linked to serious eye disease and irreversible vision loss. The team at Colson Hicks Eidson is taking cases for clients affected by Elmiron in Florida and throughout the US. We are going to help our clients secure the compensation they deserve for what has happened. This can include:
Their medical bills related to the eye disease
Lost income if you are unable to work
Pain and suffering damages
Mental anguish damages
Loss of enjoyment of life damages
Punitive damages against a company or manufacturer