If you or someone you love has been taking Elmiron, you are at risk of vision loss. Elmiron is taken by those suffering from a painful bladder disease and is the brand name of the drug Pentosan Polysulfate Sodium. Researchers have linked this to a serious eye disease. The award-winning team at Colson Hicks Eidson is now taking these cases throughout the state of Florida and across the US. We will work to investigate your claims, determine if you have been affected by Elmiron, and secure the compensation you are entitled to.
What is Elmiron used to treat?
Elmiron was first approved for use in humans by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 1995 to treat a condition called interstitial cystitis. This is commonly referred to as “painful bladder syndrome,” and Elmiron is one of various methods doctors recommend to treat the pain.
How is a bladder medication causing vision loss?
A common question is – How does a bladder pain medication lead to vision loss. Elmiron is the brand name of Pentosan Polysulfate Sodium, and researchers have shown that this medication can lead to a toxic buildup in a person’s retina, causing a retinal injury called maculopathy. Though this drug has been on the market for nearly 25 years, it was not until last year that Dr. Nieraj Jain, a researcher at the Emory Eye Center at the Emory School of Medicine in Atlanta, GA discovered the links between Elmiron and vision loss.
What symptoms do patients experience?
When Dr. Jain presented his findings to the American Urology Association Annual Meeting in May of 2019, he said that the common symptoms patients experience include:
Difficulty adapting to dim lighting
Vision disturbances or distorted vision
Trouble seeing things up close
What should those taking Elmiron do now?
Even if someone taking Elmiron is not experiencing any of the symptoms described above, they should still undergo a full eye examination. Unfortunately, the vision loss associated with vision-threatening pigmentary maculopathy caused by Elmiron is likely irreversible. The earlier these issues are discovered, and the earlier Elmiron can be discontinued, the better a person’s chance of not experiencing vision loss.
Please never discontinue the use of any prescription drug without first consulting with your doctor.
Let us get to work today
If you or someone you care about has experienced vision loss due to taking Elmiron, please seek legal assistance immediately. The team at Colson Hicks Eidson is now taking these cases in Florida and across the country. Let us use our vast resources to investigate what happened so we can secure the compensation you deserve. This can include:
Coverage for your current and future medical bills
Lost income or lost earning potential 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