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Learn more about the potentially dangerous and painful side effects of taking Elmiron®
Elmiron® is the name for pentosan polysulfate sodium–a prescription medication that people often take when they have interstitial cystitis (IC).
IC causes bladder pressure and pain, and Elmiron® works to relieve these types of discomfort.
Unlike other pain relievers, Elmiron® does not decrease inflammation, but it protects the bladder walls damaged by IC from certain irritants that cause pain and inflammation.
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the drug for sale by Janssen Pharmaceuticals in 1996–and, Elmiron® remains the only drug on the market that relieves pain from IC.
Because up to 12 million adults in the United States suffer from IC–a chronic condition with no cure–many of these people regularly take Elmiron® to manage their symptoms.
Janssen Pharmaceuticals and its parent company, Johnson & Johnson, have been reluctant to issue a product recall due to the drug’s effectiveness–and they routinely fail to mention Elmiron®'s side effects, such as eye damage or maculopathy to new users.
These conditions can impact consumers who’ve used the drug to treat interstitial cystitis.
Under certain circumstances, consumers who suffer from unmarked Elmiron® side effects can pursue compensation for their losses.
Learn about more severe reactions to Elmiron®, including retinopathy and maculopathy
In 2018, physicians and scientists discovered a connection between prescription Elmiron® usage and Pigmentary Maculopathy, which is commonly known as macular degeneration.
The most common side effect of Pigmentary Maculopathy is gradual loss of central vision in both eyes.
The common early symptoms of maculopathy include:
- unexplained changes in vision
- difficulty seeing close objects
- dim vision
- night blindness
- blurry vision
- loss of detailed vision
- deterioration of the eyes
- dark spots in vision
- darkened vision
Lawsuits are being filed nationwide against Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Inc., Ortho-McNeil Pharmaceuticals, Inc., Janssen Research & Development LLC, Johnson & Johnson, and Teva Pharmaceuticals USA, Inc. for their role in the manufacturing and distribution of Elmiron® throughout the United States.
Many researchers and doctors have linked Elmiron® with blindness and other conditions.
The Shield Justice Online team encourages those suffering painful and debilitating side effects after taking Elmiron® to request a free, private case evaluation for justice and compensation!
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