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Elmiron is a medication used to treat people for interstitial cystitis, known as “painful bladder syndrome.” It has been used to treat osteoarthritis in humans, dogs, and horses. But Elmiron has been linked to some very severe side effects that can cause vision problems and even blindness.

Lawsuits against the manufacturer of Elmiron claim that long-term exposure to the medication can cause maculopathy, which is an eye disorder. It affects the macula, or the central portion of the retina, and can result in blindness.

In 2018, an article was published in the American Academy of Ophthalmology that outlined how a number of people experienced pigmentary maculopathy after being exposed to Elmiron. Between the years 2015 and 2017, six patients were treated for these eye problems at the Emory Eye Center in Georgia. By 2019, the number went up to ten people.

Elmiron and Maculopathy

Maculopathy is a generalized term that refers to pathological conditions that affect the central part of the retina, the macula. This is where visual acuity and sensitivity occur There are certain types of maculopathy:

Age-related Macular Degeneration – this is an age-related condition that occurs over time.

Cellophan Maculopathy – known as a “macular pucker” this condition causes a transparent layer of scar tissue to pull on the light-receptive nerves of the macula.

Malattia Leventinese – known as “Doyne Honeycomb Retinal Dystrophy” (DHRD) and is prompted by small, pale spots that grow on the macula, eventually creating a honeycomb pattern.

Pigmentary macular degeneration associated with Elmiron is an injury with no known cause. Each person presents the signs and symptoms differently. Some other Elmiron side effects many people have filed lawsuits over are:

  • Alopecia (hair loss)
  • Bruising
  • Diarrhea
  • Gastroesophageal reflux
  • Headaches
  • Skin rash
  • Sleep disorders

None of the product labeling of Elmiron describes symptoms or side effects related to pigmentary maculopathy, or any other kind. It only references vision disorders such as conjunctivities, optim neuritis, retinal hemmorhage, etc. Yet, pigmentary maculopathy is exactly one of the side effects Elmiron has had on others, and probably many others.

Is an Elmiron lawsuit right for you?

Have you had any of the above side effects after taking Elmiron? Is so, you should contact a lawyer who is knowledgeable about filing a lawsuit for prescription medications. You may be entitled to financial compensation for your losses, including time off from work for doctor’s appointments, medical bills, stress, and more.