Elmiron is a medication taken to curb the effects of interstitial cystitis, also known as painful bladder syndrome. This is the only prescription medication approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat this condition. However, over the last year, research has indicated that Elmiron can cause serious side effects, including eye damage.

At Colson Hicks Eidson, our award-winning law firm is now taking Elmiron cases in Miami (and across the United States). Let us help you secure the compensation you deserve from this defective prescription medication.

What are the side effects of taking Elmiron?

There are no prescription or over-the-counter medications that do not come with side effects. If you see any medication commercial or read any prescription medication morning label, you will see a range of complications that could arise. Elmiron is no different.

Elmiron (pentosan polysulfate sodium) Is a mild blood thinner and also works as a bladder protectant. Some of the common side effects associated with Elmiron include:

  • diarrhea
  • hair loss
  • nausea
  • headache
  • stomach upset or pain
  • abdominal pain
  • dizziness
  • depressed mood
  • itching or skin rash


While these side effects have been known and labeled for this pharmaceutical drug for a while, recent research indicates that Elmiron can cause serious complications with a person’s eyes, leading to the following:

  • difficulty reading
  • blindness
  • eye pain
  • difficulty adapting to dim lighting
  • vision disturbances or distorted vision
  • trouble seeing things up close


Dr. Nieraj Jain, a researcher at the Emory Eye Center at the Emory School of Medicine in Atlanta, GA, discovered that those taking Elmiron over longer periods of time could suffer from irreversible eye damage. This is a side effect that doctors and the pharmaceutical company have not been warning patients about since this drug was released to the market in the 1990s.

There have been no recalls for Elmiron, and eye damage is not currently listed as one of the possible side effects of taking this drug. Researchers in the United States and Canada recommend that those who take the pharmaceutical Elmiron talk to their doctors and schedule an eye appointment to test for any eye damage.

Let our nationally-recognized team help you through this

If you were somebody you love has taken the prescription medication Elmiron and suffered harm to your eyes or any other ill effects, seek legal assistance today. You may be entitled to compensation for what has happened, and the team at Colson Hicks Eidson is ready to help. Our firm is known across the country for fighting for the rights of those injured by defective prescription medications other faulty products. Our goal is to secure the compensation you deserve, which can include:

  • Cost of your current and future medical bills
  • Recovery of income lost if you are unable to work
  • Mental anguish damages
  • Loss of enjoyment of life damages
  • Punitive damages against the pharmaceutical company (Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Inc.)

When you need an Elmiron attorney in Miami (or nationwide), you can contact us for a free consultation by clicking here or by calling us at 305-476-7442.

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