Unfortunately, sometimes a medication developed to treat one kind of illness is found to have a side effect that can have devastating side effects, as is the case with Elmiron, a widely prescribed bladder medication.
Hundreds of thousands of patients may have been exposed to possible eye damage or blindness because Elmiron is the only drug approved by the Food and Drug Administration to treat interstitial cystitis, a condition that causes chronic pain in the bladder and pelvis area.
If you or a loved one has developed retina damage, loss of vision or blindness after long-term use of Elmiron the national network of specialized attorneys available through Injury Help Desk is now investigating Elmiron lawsuits and settlements on behalf of victims.
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There have long been adverse reports about Elmiron side effects but the seriousness of the problem was brought to public attention by a 2019 research paper produced by independent physicians at Kaiser Permanente.
According to a paper presented to the annual meeting of the American Academy of Ophthalmology the researchers found that about one-quarter of patients with significant exposure to Elmiron showed definite signs of eye damage, and that this medication toxicity could masquerade as other known retinal conditions, such as age-related macular degeneration or pattern dystrophy.
“It’s unfortunate,” said Dr. Robin Vora, one of the presenters. “You have a patient with a chronic condition like interstitial cystitis, for which there is no cure and no effective treatment. They get put on these medications because it’s thought to have few side effects and few risks, and no one thinks about it again. And year after year, the number of pills they’re taking goes up and up.”
The FDA approved Elmiron in 1985 for the bladder condition now believed to affect as many as one million Americans, with the majority of those suffering from the condition being women.
Here are the most common symptoms reported by Elmiron patients who have reported eye damage:
- Blurred vision
- Difficulty in reading
- Blurred vision
- Difficulty adapting to dim lighting
- Night blindness
- Dark spots
- Colors appearing less vivid
- Curved or squiggly straight lines
If you or a loved one has developed such symptoms or been diagnosed with retina damage, blindness or other eye diseases after long-term use of Elmiron legal help is now available.
Preserve your legal rights to compensation for this terrible eye problem by immediately contacting the national network of specialized attorneys at Injury Help Desk to allow them to aggressively pursue an Elmiron claim, lawsuit or settlement now.