Does Elmiron® Cause Dry Macular Degeneration?

Have you or a loved one taken Elmiron? Are you currently using this drug? If so, take a moment to read this article.

Elmiron has recently been linked to dangerous vision-related side effects, including dry macular degeneration.

With all of this recent negative news regarding Elmiron, you’re probably wondering if you’re at risk. And if you’ve already experienced vision loss, you want to know if you’re eligible for a financial settlement to help with your medical expenses. (see our page on elmiron settlement amounts)

What Is Dry Macular Degeneration?

The macula is the part of the retina responsible for crisp vision when you look directly at an object. With dry macular degeneration, your macular thins, resulting in blurred or dimming vision.

As dry macular degeneration progresses, you may notice symptoms such as:

  • Poor reading vision
  • Trouble recognizing faces
  • Trouble seeing while driving
  • Loss of central vision


Severe dry macular degeneration can lead to total blindness.

Elmiron Linked to Dry Macular Degeneration

People with systematic bladder pain and other pelvic region issues are sometimes diagnosed with a chronic condition called interstitial cystitis (IC).

Though there is no cure for IC, in 1996, the FDA approved a drug named Elmiron (pentosan polysulfate sodium) to treat its symptoms.

Unfortunately, medical practitioners have recently uncovered links between Elmiron and dry macular degeneration and other vision loss symptoms. In fact, one in four people who have taken Elmiron will experience vision loss.

What’s even more disturbing is that the drug is still approved by the FDA, and thousands of people are still taking this dangerous medication.

What Can I Do?

Anyone who has used Elmiron in the past or currently taking the medication needs to contact their urologist and eye doctor immediately.

Only your urologist can tell you if it is safe to stop taking Elmiron. Never change your prescription regime without first speaking to a medical professional.

Your eye doctor will inform you of any signs of dry macular degeneration or other symptoms of eye disease or vision loss. The sooner you begin treatment, the less risk that dry macular degeneration will lead to blindness.

Addressing your physical health and vision comes first, but finding an experienced legal team with the power to stand up to the pharmaceutical companies is a close second.

Elmiron’s producer, Janssen Pharmaceuticals and its parent company Johnson & Johnson, are powerful companies. That is why a legal team experienced in filing lawsuits against multinational corporations is a must.

Don’t wait to schedule a consultation. Class action lawsuits against Janssen Pharmaceuticals and Johnson & Johnson have already begun.

Attorneys You Can Trust

When it comes to getting top financial compensation from drug companies, you need to team with a trusted legal firm with experience dealing with the pharmaceutical industry.

Kirkendall Dwyer LLP meets those needs. The legal team offers free consultations for people who have taken Elmiron and experienced dry macular degeneration or other vision loss issues.

Dry macular degeneration is a serious and progressive condition that will impact you for the rest of your life. That is why finding the best legal team to fight for you is essential.

Kirkendall Dwyer LLP has been trusted by thousands of clients to win the financial compensation they deserved. You can trust them, too.

You can’t place a monetary value on your vision, and losing it costs you more than just money. That is why the legal team fights for financial compensation to help you cover:

  • Future and past medical bills
  • Lost wages (past and future)
  • Disability compensation
  • Financial compensation for pain and suffering

If you or a loved one have experienced dry macular degeneration or vision loss after taking Elmiron, contact Kirkendall Dwyer LLP immediately. Our trusted legal team is currently seeking compensation for people who’ve been impacted by Elmiron. Call us today for your case review.

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