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Elmiron – Risk of Pigmentary Maculopathy and Other Dangers

What is Elmiron?

Elmiron is a medication commonly prescribed to treat a bladder disorder called interstitial cystitis. Interstitials cystitis, more commonly known as “painful bladder syndrome”, predominately affects females. Women with interstitial cystitis common experience urinary urgency, pain or pressure of the bladder, and dyspareunia.

Pigmentary Maculopathy

Maculopathy refers to a condition in which the macula is adversely affected. The macula is the central part of the retina. Maculopathy is characterized by progressive vision loss, often bilateral, greatly impairing vision functions.

An eye examination of patients with pigmentary maculopathy would find either parafoveal pigmented deposits, which are caused by abnormal capillaries and blood vessels around the macula or vitelliform deposits – yellowish lesions that form underneath the macula.

Elmiron Lawsuits

An article published by the American Academy of Ophthalmology reported that six patients were treated at Emory Eye Center from 2015 to 2017 for pigmentary maculopathy after using Elmiron. In 2019, one of the authors updated that number to ten patients who were diagnosed with the same disease.

Varying forms of Maculopathy exist. The kind associated with Elmiron is pigmentary maculopathy, which commonly results in patients experiencing the following symptoms:

  • Eye pain
  • Vision loss
  • Vision disturbances
  • Blurred vision
  • Difficulty reading
  • Dimming of vision
  • Paracentral scotoma – a spot of vision loss in the field of vision

Additional risks of Elmiron:

  • Hair loss
  • Bruising
  • Diarrhea
  • Indigestion
  • Headaches
  • Skin rash
  • Sleep disorders
  • Abdominal Discomfort

Do I have an Elmiron case?

Talking to a lawyer is the best way to determine whether you have an Elmiron case. The experienced lawyers and staff at  Fleming | Nolen | Jez, L.L.P. are currently investigating claims that allege Elmiron can cause serious retinal damage.

We are offering free consultations to patients and families of patients who sustained similar injuries. There will never be a fee to you unless we reach a settlement for your case. Please contact us today for your free consultation.