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Elmiron Vision Loss Lawsuit

Janssen Pharmaceuticals updated Elmiron’s label in June 2020 to warn of potential damage to the retina and irreversible vision loss that Elmiron could cause. According to the new label, the majority of damage and vision loss were reported in patients who had been taking Elmiron for at least three years, but cases involving patients who took Elmiron for a shorter time were also reported.

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Living with a chronic condition is challenging enough, but for some, unfortunately, medications can cause serious side effects. Elmiron®, a treatment for bladder pain and inflammation also known as pentosan polysulfate sodium (PPS), is the only FDA-approved oral medication available to treat the chronic bladder condition interstitial cystitis (IC). Women taking Elmiron, for relief from the pain and discomfort caused by IC, have reported experiencing unexpected complications, including a newly discovered, progressive eye disease that may result in permanent vision loss.

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If you’re suffering complications you suspect may be caused by Elmiron, you may have a legal claim. If you took Elmiron long-term to treat bladder pain and inflammation or interstitial cystitis and developed vison complications, you may contact medical drug attorneys Kimberly Barone Baden and Ann E. Rice Ervin by email or call 1.800.768.4026 for more information or to discuss your potential claim.

Elmiron (PPS) side effects

The Emory Eye Center in Atlanta released a study in November 2018 in which it found “a novel and possibly avoidable maculopathy associated with chronic exposure to PPS.” This newly discovered eye disease is often misdiagnosed as retinal pigmentary maculopathy, pattern dystrophy, or age-related macular degeneration.

Common signs of Elmiron®-associated eye damage/vision complications may include:

Difficulty adapting to changes in light
Blurred vision (often centrally in the patient's field of vision)
Dark spots in center of vision, blind spots or floaters
Straight lines appearing curved or squiggly
Muted, less vivid colors
Changes in the color of the eye

If you or a loved one took Elmiron and have been diagnosed with one of the following you may have a legal claim:

Retinal Maculopathy
Retinal Pigmentary Endothelium Injury (RPE)
Pigmentary Maculopathy
Pigmentation Maculopathy
Pigmentation Macular Degeneration
Dry Macular Degeneration

Always consult a medical professional before stopping or changing any medication.

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