Maculopathy and Other Vision Problems from Elmiron Use

Elmiron is a medication used in the treatment of interstitial cystitis (IC). The drug doesn’t cure the bladder condition but can manage the associated pain and repair the damage it causes.

Long-term use of the popular drug has been linked to various conditions of the eye, including maculopathy. Maculopathy is a retinal disease that can lead to eye pain and vision loss.

Janssen Pharmaceuticals is the manufacturer of Elmiron. Researchers noticed the onset of unusual symptoms from using the drug during clinical trials. Despite these findings, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved it for use in interstitial cystitis patients, and the company proceeded with marketing its medication.

Janssen Pharmaceuticals allegedly knew about the risk of vision problems from taking Elmiron but hid it from the public. The manufacturer didn’t add proper warning labels to the packaging, and the FDA hasn’t issued any recalls even though multiple studies have supported a link between long-term use of the medication and permanent vision loss.

Common Side Effects of Elmiron

Elmiron is a prescription medication used to treat the discomfort and pain caused by interstitial cystitis. IC is a chronic bladder condition that causes pressure and pain in the abdomen and sometimes pelvic area pain.

Researchers believe the ingredient found in the drug called pentosan polysulfate sodium creates a barrier that protects the bladder from irritants contained in urine. The barrier prevents the bladder wall from becoming inflamed and irritated.

The most common side effects initially printed on warning labels for Elmiron include:

  • Headaches
  • Upset stomach
  • Diarrhea
  • Bruising
  • Dizziness
  • Rash
  • Nausea
  • Blood in the stool

Risk of Maculopathy from an Elmiron Regimen

The results of multiple studies have shown there’s a risk of pigmentary maculopathy from taking Elmiron regularly for a prolonged period.

Pigmentary maculopathy is a disease that affects the central part of the retina. This degenerative condition can lead to vision loss and additional symptoms, such as:

  • Eye pain
  • Blurry vision
  • Dark spots
  • Abnormal capillaries and vessels
  • Difficulty reading
  • Retinal pigment epithelium atrophy
  • Trouble adjusting to dim light
  • Blindness at night or total blindness
  • Lack of up-close vision

Elmiron doesn’t only impact a person’s vision. Long-term use can also lead to adverse medical issues, such as:

  • Headaches
  • Sleep disorders
  • Hair loss
  • Skin rashes
  • Gastroesophageal reflux (GERD)
  • Bruising

The side effects of Elmiron can significantly interfere with daily life. Some of the symptoms suffered are mild and don’t cause many disruptions to a person’s routine. However, other symptoms are debilitating and can lead to severe complications and long-term consequences.

Compensation You Could Pursue in a Lawsuit Against the Manufacturer

Janssen Pharmaceutical should be held liable for your medical treatment and other expenses. You should not be forced to pay out of pocket for your bills when someone else’s negligence was the cause of your vision loss.

When you file a lawsuit, you could recover a financial award to compensate for your past and future losses, including:

  • Emotional distress
  • Medical expenses
  • Pain and suffering
  • Loss of enjoyment of life
  • Lost wages
  • Lost earning capacity

Punitive damages might also be available in a lawsuit against the manufacturer. It’s a form of compensation meant to punish the defendant for their wrongdoing. You must prove Janssen is liable for the losses you suffered and exhibited at least one aggravating factor, such as willful or wanton conduct, fraud, or malice, resulting in your injury.

Let DeMayo Law Offices, LLP Fight for the Justice You Deserve

With over 150 years of combined legal experience, DeMayo Law Offices, LLP will remain by your side to provide the representation and guidance you deserve. You will be our top priority while working on your case and trying to reach the best possible result. We have secured over $1 billion in settlements and awards for our clients. Let us go to work for you, too.

We understand the devastation you experienced after taking a defective medication. You used Elmiron to treat one medical condition and ended up with another. Vision loss and other eye problems can drastically diminish your quality of life and prevent you from taking care of yourself. These complications can cause not only physical problems but emotional trauma as well.

If you were diagnosed with pigmentary maculopathy or suffered another adverse effect of Elmiron, do not hesitate to contact DeMayo Law Offices, LLP today.

We’re ready to help you hold the manufacturer liable for their actions and fight for the money you’re owed. Call (877) 333-1000 right now or reach out to us online for a free case evaluation.

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