INFORMATION AND WHAT TO DO
Elmiron (pentosan polysulfate sodium) is a prescription drug that is used to treat bladder pain and discomfort. It is commonly prescribed to people who suffer from a chronic condition called interstitial cystitis (IC). IC can cause intense bladder pressure and pain. There is no current cure or effective treatment for IC. Elmiron is the only FDA approved drug available today to help mitigate the discomfort and pain people with IC suffer from daily.
IC is extremely common. Current estimates figure that about 1 to 4 million men and 3 to 8 million women in the United States suffer from IC. There is no generic for Elmiron, and Janssen Pharmaceuticals is the only manufacturer of the drug. The majority of Elmiron users are women, and the majority of users take Elmiron long-term. Estimates guess that hundreds of thousands of people have used Elmiron. Recent studies suggest that long-term use of the drug can be toxic to the retina.