Does Elmiron® Cause Retinal Maculopathy?

Over the last year, you may have seen stories about the pharmaceutical drug Elmiron® in the news. Unfortunately, the news isn’t positive.

If you are currently taking Elmiron or have used it in the past, you probably have lots of questions, including:

  • Am I at risk of dangerous side effects due to Elmiron?
  • Does Elmiron cause retinal maculopathy?
  • Am I eligible for a cash settlement? (see our page on elmiron settlement amounts)

Read on to learn more about Elmiron and what you can do if you’ve taken this drug.

What Is Retinal Maculopathy?

Medically speaking, retinal maculopathy is any disease or damage to the retina. It leads to several vision problems, including: 

  • Dark spots
  • Blurred vision
  • Poor reading vision
  • Struggling to see in dim light
  • Eye pain

Left untreated, retinal maculopathy can lead to blindness.

Elmiron Linked to Retinal Maculopathy

If you currently take Elmiron (pentosan polysulfate sodium) or were prescribed it in the past for the treatment of interstitial cystitis (IC), you are at risk of developing retinal maculopathy.

In short, Elmiron is the only FDA-approved drug to treat the symptoms of IC. There is no cure for IC, but Elmiron has been proven to keep the symptoms manageable.

Though the drug isn’t fully understood, Elmiron is thought to restore the lining of the bladder which creates a barrier and limits irritation.

Unfortunately, Elmiron has recently been linked to dangerous side effects, namely retinal maculopathy and vision loss. Even though physicians have published the dangerous links between Elmiron and retinal maculopathy, the drug is still approved by the FDA.

What Can I Do?

If you are currently taking Elmiron or have been prescribed it in the past, you are probably wondering what you can do.

First, make an appointment with your urologist. Your doctor will help you determine whether you should be taken off the drug. Never stop taking Elmiron without first consulting your physician.

Next, schedule a visit with your eye doctor. It is essential to be screened immediately for retinal damage.

Because of the dangerous side effects of Elmiron, the makers, Janssen Pharmaceuticals and its parent company Johnson & Johnson, are facing lawsuits across the country.

It is essential to contact a lawyer as soon as possible to be a part of a class-action lawsuit. Even if you are unsure if you’ve experienced any negative impacts from taking Elmiron, you still might be eligible for a cash settlement.

Attorneys You Can Trust

Don’t wait to reach out for legal help if you’ve experienced retinal maculopathy after taking Elmiron. The legal team at Kirkendall Dwyer LLP are attorneys with years of experience taking on pharmaceutical companies when their products cause injuries.

Vision loss caused by retinal maculopathy will impact your life forever, and that is why finding attorneys you can trust is so important. Our lawyers help you navigate the intricacies of the legal system and fight for you.

Kirkendall Dwyer LLP believes that anyone injured by Elmiron deserves compensation. The expert legal team has been trusted by thousands of clients, and you can trust them, too.

It’s impossible to place a price on a person’s ability to see. Vision problems affect every aspect of a person’s life, and we are fighting for compensation to help you pay for:

  • Past and future medical bills (including psychological services for trauma)
  • Past and future lost wages
  • Disability compensation
  • Pain and suffering

Have you or a loved one been impacted by Elmiron? Our trusted legal team specializes in helping victims of this dangerous pharmaceutical. Currently, the legal team is seeking large financial compensation for our plaintiffs. Contact us today for a free consultation and case review.

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