Elmiron Usage and Possible Vision Loss
Elmiron is the only known drug that is used to treat Interstitial Cystitis – a painful and chronic bladder condition most commonly diagnosed in women. While certainly not a cure for this disease, Elmiron helps to alleviate bladder pain and often pelvic pain as well. Therefore, along with lifestyles changes, many individuals take this medication on a long-term basis to treat the condition.
Elmiron has been on the U.S. market since 1996. However, it was not until 2019 that a study revealed a link between the use of Elmiron and possible vision loss. Specifically, a study performed by the American Academy of Ophthalmology determined that there is a link between the use of Elmiron and macular degeneration. The study emphasized that Elmiron causes harm to the retina which can lead to the development of retina maculopathy. People who suffer from retina maculopathy tend to have blurred vision, light sensitivity, trouble reading, difficulty seeing at night and/or difficulty adjusting their eyes when transitioning from a light to dark area (or vice versa).
If you have been taking Elmiron and are experiencing any of these symptoms you should schedule an appointment with an Ophthalmologist today! Your Ophthalmologist will perform a non-invasive test to your retina to determine if your retina is damaged as a result of taking Elmiron. However, unless otherwise instructed by your Urologist, it is important to continue taking Elmiron as prescribed until your Urologist determines other treatment options for you!
If you or a loved one is suffering from vision problems, vision loss, macular degeneration or pigmentary maculopathy after taking Elmiron, you may be entitled to compensation. Call The Yost Legal Group today for a free case evaluation: 1-800-YOST-LAW (1-800-967-8529).