Elmiron Eye Injury Lawsuit


An Elmiron lawsuit claims that long-term exposure to Elmiron causes eye injury. Elmiron, sometimes prescribed for painful bladder issues, can cause maculopathy, an eye disorder that can damage the central part of the retina — the macula — and lead to vision loss.

Our law firm is representing people who took Elmiron and then suffered maculopathy or other serious eye damage. Our firm is a nationwide leader in filing lawsuits against drug companies. We are listed in Best Lawyers in America 2020.

What is Elmiron?

Elmiron is a drug used to treat interstitial cystitis, better known as “painful bladder syndrome.” Elmiron is also prescribed for people with osteoarthritis. It is also sometimes given to older dogs and horses suffering from arthritis. Elmiron was also once used as an anticoagulant similar to warfarin, though Elmiron was said to elicit a lesser effect.

Elmiron linked with Pigmentary Maculopathy

A 2018 article published by the American Academy of Ophthalmology concerned six patients treated with Elmiron (pentosan polysulfate sodium) for interstitial cystitis at Emory Eye Center between 2015 and 2017. Following chronic exposure to Elmiron, the six experienced pigmentary maculopathy of unclear cause.

A 2019 update by one of those authors warned that ten patients at Emory Eye Center had been diagnosed with the same eye injury.

What is Maculopathy?

Maculopathy refers to any pathological condition affecting the macula, the central portion of the retina responsible for visual acuity and sensitivity. Types of maculopathy include:

  • Macular Degeneration: an age-related degenerative condition that results in gradual sight loss that begins in the central field of vision.
  • Cellophane Maculopathy: or “macular pucker,” results from the formation of a transparent layer of scar tissue that pulls on the macula’s light-receptive nerve cells and causes visual distortion.
  • Malattia Leventinese: or “Doyne Honeycomb Retinal Dystrophy” (DHRD) is an inherited form of macular degeneration that starts with small, pale spots in the macula that eventually grow into a honeycomb pattern.

Pigmentary Maculopathy of Unknown Etiology

The form of macular degeneration linked with Elmiron is known as pigmentary maculopathy of unknown etiology. This macular injury has no known cause. Symptoms can vary from one patient to another, and may include any or all of the following:

  • parafoveal pigmented deposits: capillaries and small blood vessels around the macula become abnormal, causing vision loss.
  • vitelliform deposits: round, yellowish lesions that form beneath the macula (sometimes called adult pattern macular dystrophy).
  • retinal pigment epithelium atrophy: a common symptom of age-related macular degeneration.

During an eye exam, patients may also present with hyperpigmented — or darkened spots — on the retina.

Elmiron’s Other Adverse Effects

Some patients prescribed Elmiron have reported one or more of the following side effects:

  • alopecia (hair loss)
  • bruising
  • diarrhea
  • gastroesophageal reflux
  • headaches
  • skin rash
  • sleep disorders

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If you took Elmiron and developed eye or vision problems, contact us for a free legal case evaluation. Call us anytime at 888-520-5202, or email us now. We look forward to working on your potential Elmiron lawsuit.

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