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Vision damage after taking Elmiron?

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If you used Elmiron for at least a year before 2020 and were diagnosed with certain vision damage, you may be entitled to significant financial compensation.

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Vision damage after taking Elmiron?

If you used Elmiron for at least a year before 2020 and were diagnosed with certain vision damage, you may be entitled to significant financial compensation.

Court trials are scheduled to start in the comings months for lawsuits that allege Elmiron users suffered from vision damage due to taking the drug.


We expect settlements to follow these trials.

Time is limited, file your claim today.

DO NOT DELAY - ELMIRON COURT TRIALS SCHEDULED TO START SOON

DO NOT DELAY - ELMIRON COURT TRIALS SCHEDULED TO START SOON

Court trials are scheduled to start in the comings months for lawsuits that allege Elmiron users suffered from vision damage due to taking the drug.


We expect settlements to follow these trials. Time is limited, file your claim today.


Why is Elmiron Dangerous?

Elmiron (pentosan polysulfate sodium) is a drug that is prescribed to treat interstitial cystitis or painful bladder syndrome. It is commonly taken for a long period of time because there is no cure for these bladder conditions. The drug has been linked to the following serious vision-related conditions:

Why is Elmiron Dangerous?

  • Pigmentary Macular Degeneration (PMD)
  • Macular Degeneration/Toxic Maculopathy
  • Retinopathy
  • Macular or Retinal Pigmentary changes
  • Retinal or Vitreous Detachment
  • Retinal epithelium atrophy or clumping


In the United States, macular degeneration is the #1 cause of blindness.


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How Can I Tell If Elmiron Caused My Vision Damage?

Macular Degeneration is an eye condition commonly characterized by blurred vision. Related symptoms are consistent with those of PMD (listed above) in addition to the appearance of new and abnormal blood vessels.


Toxic Maculopathy is a rare eye-condition that leads to:

  • Progressive loss of central vision acuity
  • Reduced color
  • Vision loss

Have you suffered from any vision problems after using an Interstitial Cystitis medication?

Have you suffered from any vision problems after using an Interstitial Cystitis medication?

If you experienced any of the symptoms mentioned above and have taken Elmiron, it is strongly recommended to seek medical attention. To diagnose many of the vision-related conditions linked to Elmiron, an ophthalmologist who is also a retina specialist (not an optometrist) may need to administer a specialized test.


Pigmentary Macular Degeneration is particularly difficult to detect and can progress rapidly, so if you think you may be affected by it, we recommend seeking medical attention as soon as you can.


If you need a referral to an ophthalmologist, the American Academy of Ophthalmology’s website at www.aao.org can provide names and contact information of specialists in your area.

Elmiron use has been linked to many eye conditions:


Pigmentary Macular Degeneration (PMD) is the most serious of the conditions linked to Elmiron. Symptoms include:

  • Difficulty driving at night
  • Difficulty reading fine print/newsprint
  • Difficulty looking through screened or blinded windows.
  • Vision loss/impairment
  • Seeing "floaters" (dark specks or strings)
  • Difficulty adjusting from dark light
  • Straight lines appearing curved
  • Blind spots in central vision

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Retinal or Vitreous Detachment is when the small fibers that are attached to the retina are pulled away from it. Symptoms include:

  • Seeing floaters (dark specs or strings)
  • Flashes of light in your side (peripheral) vision

Retinopathy is an eye-condition with symptoms that are consistent with those of PMD (listed above).

Has Elmiron Been Recalled?

No. Despite the growing number of studies associating Elmiron use to potentially permanent vision damage, its manufacturer, Janssen, continues to distribute the drug. And it had failed to issue any communication about the danger of taking the drug.


The company didn't add a macular degeneration warning to Elmiron's label in June 2020.

Studies Show The Shocking Connection Between Elmiron and Vision Problems

The studies below show that roughly 1 out of 4 patients who have taken Elmiron for six months develop this condition.


  • Emory Eye Center study - May 2018  - Six patients with chronic exposure to Elmiron developed unique pigmentary macular degeneration.
  • Emory Eye Center study - April 2019  - 10 patients with a history of IC that didn’t take Elmiron did not have pigmentary macular degeneration.
  • Kaiser Permanente study - October 2019  - 22 of 91 of Elmiron users showed retinal toxicity. Those who took more of the drug had increased levels of toxicity.
  • Jain study - November 2019 - People who used Elmiron for 7 years showed significantly increased odds of contracting macular disease compared to those who took the drug for 5 years.
  • Huckfeldt and Vavvas study - November 2019  - A patient’s pigmentary macular degeneration continued to get worse six years after stopping Elmiron.
  • Vora, Patel and Melles study - January 2020- 27 out of 117 patients who took Elmiron experienced pigmentary macular degeneration. Those who took over 1,500 grams showed higher risk.
  • Asia-Pacific Journal of Ophthalmology study - April 2022 - This study found that pigmentary macular degeneration is commonly misdiagnosed as other eye problems.

Studies Show The Shocking Connection Between Elmiron and Vision Problems

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