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The Prescription Medication Elmiron May Cause Damage to Retinas
If you have taken the prescription medication, Elmiron, you may be entitled to financial compensation if you suffered retinal damage. You may be eligible to file an Elmiron lawsuit. Even if you haven’t noticed any damage or complication from the medication, but you have taken it, you should contact us by calling or using the form.
Elmiron is a prescription medication often prescribed by doctors for the treatment of interstitial cystitis. This condition is a painful bladder syndrome with no known cure, which causes urgency in urination and increased frequency. It can be lifelong or last for several years before going away on its own. Doctors often treat patients with Elmiron or the generic version, pentosan, for an extended time.
Side effects of Elmiron include:
Medical studies show that Elmiron may cause retinal damage. While the bladder condition is most common in people over the age of 35, one participant was just in his early 20s when diagnosed and put on the medication. By the time he was 30, he began experiencing problems with his vision.
Researchers are still studying the effects of Elmiron, but current data indicates that participants who have been on the medication for a longer period of time are at a higher risk for developing atypical Maculopathy. This condition affects the central part of the retina, which is known as the macula. The disease is progressive, meaning the loss of vision occurs over time. It affects the central vision, which causes impairment to visual functions.
Over one million people have been diagnosed in the US with interstitial cystitis. Elmiron is the only medication approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) as a treatment for the condition. Thousands of people may have taken Elmiron to treat their problem, which may have led to damage to the eye and potentially loss of vision. Research has not shown if the progression of they disease is altered if the medication is stopped.
The person still maintains lateral vision or vision off to the side of the eye. However, objects may appear distorted or smaller than what they really are. It also allows the person to only see part of an object. For instance, when they look at a person’s face, they may be unable to see the eyes and mouth, but they can still see the ears and sides of the head. The type of maculopathy which is linked to the medication is known as pigmentary maculopathy, and it has certain characteristics, such as abnormal small blood vessels and capillaries around the macula and lesions that form under the macula. In an eye exam, the person may show dark spots on the retina.
If you were given Elmiron to treat a painful bladder condition and have since developed maculopathy or another vision problem, you can contact us now. We have been dedicated to seeing people just like you get the compensation you deserve and to protect patient rights. We will work to ensure you receive the maximum compensation available for your injury.