If you have been taking Elmiron (pentosan), I recommend that you make an appointment with your eye doctor for a full exam. A recent study published in August of 2018 has linked long term Elmiron use to changes in vision. If you are a long term user of Elmiron (pentosan), please consider visiting your eye doctor.
The Study Basics: Researchers at the Emory Eye Center in Atlanta Georgia have observed retinal changes in people who had long term exposure to Elmiron. After ruling out genetic issues and other possible causes, a link was made between long-term use of Elmiron and vision changes.
What Dose and for How Long? The patients studied had been taking between 200-400mg of Elmiron per day for an average of about 15 years (patients reported 12-20 years).
Why is this Happening? We’re not quite sure yet, but one theory is that the retinal cells are accumulating and building up toxic levels of the drug over time which is damaging the eye.
I Take Elmiron. What Should I do? As with any drug, we recommend that you take the smallest possible dose for the shortest period of time. Talk to your ophthalmologist about any changes to your vision. They need to perform an eye exam with pupil dilation to look for any vascular changes.
I Want to Stop Taking Elmiron. What Other Treatments are Available for IC? Dietary changes can be one of the most effective ways to manage IC, as well as strengthening the pelvic muscles. Stabilizing estrogen levels or healing the vagina through MonaLisa Touch treatments can also be beneficial for ladies suffering from IC. Please make an appointment at our office if you would like more information or have concerns. We can review your non-pharmaceutical options for IC treatment.