Why You Should See an Eye Doctor If You Used Elmiron
Last updated Tuesday, November 21st, 2023
Recent research has shown that a prescription drug called Elmiron may be linked to serious eye injuries. Keep reading to see what you need to know if you’ve taken Elmiron and how to file an Elmiron lawsuit. There are some severe Elmiron side effects noted in recent times.
What Is Elmiron?
Janssen Pharmaceuticals manufactures the medication Elmiron to treat interstitial cystitis (IC), which is also known as painful bladder syndrome. Symptoms of painful bladder include frequently needing to urinate, feeling sudden urges to urinate, and pain during sexual intercourse.
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved Elmiron in 1996. It’s currently the only drug approved to treat painful bladder syndrome.
How Can Elmiron Affect Vision?
In recent years, evidence has emerged that Elmiron can severely affect patients’ vision after long-term use. In particular, the American Academy of Ophthalmology and the Emory Eye Center found that a significant percentage of patients who take Elmiron later develop an eye disease called pigmentary maculopathy. Pigmentary maculopathy causes people to gradually lose their sight, starting with their central vision. It can lead to total blindness.
In the fall of 2019, the FDA added eye disorders related to the use of Elmiron to its Potential Signals of Serious Risk. Furthermore, recent evidence has come to light suggesting that when Janssen Pharmaceuticals conducted a clinical trial for Elmiron involving nearly 2,500 patients, a significant percentage of patients reported vision issues. This information was never made public and is part of the basis for a series of claims against Janssen.
Aside from blindness, other side effects associated with the long-term use of Elmiron include:
- Blurred vision
- Dark spots in your field of view
- Difficulty reading
- Losing your close-up vision
- Dimmed vision
- Nighttime blindness
When You Need to See an Eye Doctor
You should see an eye doctor for a complete exam as soon as possible if you’ve taken Elmiron for an extended period. Waiting too long to see an eye doctor could lead to worsening symptoms. You may also want to see your primary care doctor to review whether you should consider seeking alternative treatments or lowering your dosage.
What Steps Should I Take If the Use of Elmiron Affected My Health?
If you’ve developed eye-related symptoms from using Elmiron, here are the next steps you should take:
- Seek treatment. The most important thing is to see an eye doctor as soon as possible so you can start mitigating any harm you’ve suffered. Waiting too long to see a doctor could also jeopardize your health as well as your claim.
- Document your symptoms. You and your doctor should start documenting your history of taking Elmiron and your symptoms as soon as possible. The more thoroughly you document the harm you’ve suffered, the more compensation you can potentially claim.
- Prepare to discuss your case. You’ll want to have as much information as possible when you talk to a lawyer about filing an Elmiron lawsuit. The more information you have about when you started taking Elmiron when you started showing symptoms, and other vital details, the more a lawyer can tell you about your case.
Do I Qualify for an Elmiron Lawsuit?
If you’ve suffered eye injuries after using Elmiron for an extended period, you may qualify to seek compensation for your injuries. Talk to an Elmiron injury lawyer today for more information.
Contact Our Experienced Connecticut Elmiron Lawyers Today
The lawyers at Wocl Leydon have extensive experience handling defective drugs cases. We can help you file a claim for compensation if you’ve been injured due to using Elmiron. Contact us today for a free and confidential initial consultation.