Elmiron Lawsuit Lawyers
Interstitial Cystitis Patients Took Elmiron To Relieve Their Bladder Symptoms. Now, They Suffer Vision Loss. It’s Time For Accountability and Justice.
Consumers nationwide relied on the prescription drug Elmiron to treat bladder pain and discomfort caused by interstitial cystitis. However, they were not made aware of its detrimental effects on eye health, leaving thousands of users at risk of permanent vision loss.
The dangerous drug and product liability attorneys at Grimes Teich Anderson and their national co-counsel are actively reviewing cases involving the devastating effects of long-term Elmiron use and seeking compensation on behalf of victims against Janssen Pharmaceuticals. Speak with us today by calling 800-533-6845 for a free case evaluation.
What is Elmiron Used For?
Elmiron is an oral medication prescribed to treat pain and discomfort from interstitial cystitis, a bladder disorder known as painful bladder syndrome. The drug works by forming a layer on the bladder wall, protecting it from harmful and irritating substances in the urine.
Does Elmiron Cause Eye Damage?
A 2021 study concluded that long-term Elmiron usage could cause maculopathy, resulting in vision loss. In this international survey of 912 individuals with interstitial cystitis, those exposed to Elmiron's active ingredient (pentosan polysulfate sodium or PPS) were more likely to report a maculopathy diagnosis than those not.
What is Maculopathy?
Maculopathy, also known as macular degeneration, is an eye disease that affects the back of the retina, known as the macula. The macula controls the ability to read, see fine details in objects, and recognize faces and colors. Maculopathy is a progressive disease that could result in blindness, usually in both eyes.
Elmiron Side Effects
In addition to vision loss and blindness, side effects of Elmiron include:
- Skin rashes or bruising
- Hair loss (alopecia)
- Weight gain
- Sleeping problems
- Liver problems
- Bloody stools
- Acid reflux
Eye diseases and conditions that were included on the warning label are the following:
- Pink eye
- Retinal hemorrhage
- Optic neuritis
What is Interstitial Cystitis?
Interstitial cystitis is a chronic condition that causes bladder pressure, bladder pain, and sometimes pelvic pain. The pain ranges from mild discomfort to severe. This condition is part of a greater spectrum of diseases known as painful bladder syndrome.
Does Elmiron Cause Maculopathy?
Alarming research has shown that pentosan polysulfate, an ingredient used in the treatment of interstitial cystitis, has a proven association with novel maculopathy. This eye disease is drug-induced and threatens vision. Long-term exposure to this chemical can result in permanent vision loss and may have affected approximately one-quarter of Elmiron patients.
If you are taking Elmiron to treat your interstitial cystitis and are experiencing changes in your vision, speak with your doctor immediately and contact a trustworthy dangerous drug lawyer at Grimes Teich Anderson.
Who Qualifies For an Elmiron Lawsuit?
Elmiron lawsuits were recently consolidated in multi-district litigation (MDL) in federal court in New Jersey, and you may be eligible for an Elmiron claim if you:
- Were diagnosed with an eye disorder or vision problems
- Have taken Elmiron for at least one year
Side effects that may be eligible for compensation include:
- Pigmentary maculopathy
These side effects could result in the following symptoms:
- Vision loss
- Vision impairment
- Blurred vision
- Halo vision
- Unilateral or bilateral blindness
We Protect the Good People of The Carolinas. Contact Grimes Teich Anderson Today.
Suffering an injury due to a drugmaker’s negligence can be devastating, but there is hope – let us help. If you or a loved one has taken Elmiron for at least one year and are experiencing vision changes, seek medical help immediately and contact the defective drug attorneys at Grimes Teich Anderson. We will treat your case like we would our own, protecting your rights and fighting for the maximum compensation you're entitled to.
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