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Does Elmiron® Cause Pigmentation (Pigmentary) Macular Degeneration?

Does Elmiron® Cause Pigmentation (Pigmentary) Macular Degeneration

If you take prescription medication, you probably assume that they are safe. And why wouldn’t you? They are prescribed by medical professionals and approved by the FDA, right?

While those statements are true, certain drugs cause side-effects that the general population doesn’t learn about until years later.

That is the case with the medication Elmiron. Recently it has been linked to several vision loss symptoms, including pigmentation (pigmentary) macular degeneration.

Keep reading to see if your vision is at risk.

What Is Pigmentation (Pigmentary) Macular Degeneration?

Pigments in the retina protect it from damage. Specifically, they filter dangerous blue light. 

Pigmentation macular degeneration occurs when the pigments in the macula decrease, leaving the macula at risk of a variety of vision-related symptoms. These symptoms can include:

  • Blurred vision
  • Loss of central vision
  • Difficulty reading
  • Trouble seeing while driving
  • Trouble seeing in dim light
  • Eye pain
  • Dark spots in your field of vision 


Pigmentation macular degeneration is a progressive condition. Untreated, it can even lead to blindness. 

Elmiron Linked to Pigmentation (Pigmentary) Macular Degeneration

Elmiron (pentosan polysulfate sodium) is a medication used to treat interstitial cystitis (IC) — a chronic condition involving the bladder. 

IC is an incurable condition that causes painful pelvic region symptoms, including: 

  • Pain while urinating
  • Abdominal pain and pressure
  • Frequent urination
  • Bladder pressure
  • Lower back pain
  • Painful sex


IC can also cause a burning pain, especially during urination. 

Though IC is incurable, in 1996, the FDA approved the drug Elmiron to treat its symptoms. Though the medication was successful in treating the symptoms of IC, recently, medical professionals have linked it to several dangerous side effects impacting vision. 

One of the most significant vision-related conditions is pigmentation macular degeneration.

If you or a loved one is currently taking Elmiron or have used it in the past, contact your urologist and eye doctor today. Never stop taking a prescription medication without first consulting a medical professional.

What Can I Do?

one out of four people who have taken Elmiron experience vision lossFirst, make your appointments with your eye doctor and urologist today. Over the phone, let them know that you are currently taking Elmiron or have used it in the past and that you are worried about vision-related side effects. 

Your urologist can explore other treatment options for your IC, and your eye doctor will screen you for any vision-related side effects.

Unfortunately, approximately one out of four people who have taken Elmiron experience vision loss, including pigmentation macular degeneration.

After assessing your health, the next step is finding a legal team you can trust to handle your case. 

Attorneys You Can Trust

At Kirkendall Dwyer LLP, the legal team has years of experience going after pharmaceutical companies that have injured people with their drugs. 

Thousands of individuals have trusted Kirkendall Dwyer LLP to help them achieve the financial compensation they deserve as a result of dangerous pharmaceuticals, and they can help you if you’ve been injured by Elmiron. 

Don’t wait to get the legal process started. Class action lawsuits against Elmiron producers Janssen Pharmaceuticals and its parent company Johnson & Johnson have begun, so time is of the essence. 

Damages for injuries sustained due to Elmiron include:

  • Medical bills (even previous medical expenses)
  • Wage compensation
  • Disability (in severe cases)
  • Pain and suffering settlements


If you are experiencing difficulties outside of this list, bring it up at your free consultation and case review with Kirkendall Dwyer LLP. Contact the legal team today for your case review.

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