Elmiron is a weak blood thinner prescribed to treat bladder pain and discomfort resulting from interstitial cystitis (IC), a condition also known as painful bladder syndrome. As a result of this disease, the bladder wall becomes swollen and scarred.
How does Elmiron work?
This medicine works by alleviating discomfort or bladder pain caused by interstitial cystitis by preventing irritation and inflammation of the bladder walls. The drug works by rehabilitating damaged or thin lining of the bladder resulting in a lesser leak and reduced pain and inflammation. It also safeguards the bladder from harmful substances in the urine by forming a protective layer on the bladder wall.
This is used to treat IC-related bladder pain and discomfort. It is intended for adults and children aged 16 and up.
This is taken at the following dosage:
- 300 mg/day, taken three times a day as one Elmiron 100 mg capsule.
- Take the capsules with water at least 1 hour before meals or 2 hours after meals.
- Read all drug guides or instruction papers that came with your prescription and follow all the instructions on the label.
- Take this with a full glass of water
- Take 1-2 hours after a meal, on an empty stomach.
Elmiron Side Effects:
Elmiron has been linked to a number of side effects, which are rare, including the following:
- Pigment changes in the retina of the eye (pigmentary maculopathy). A regular eye examination is recommended throughout your treatment, including a check-up of the retina for early detection of retinal/macular changes
- Increased bleeding because Elmiron is a weak blood thinner. Immediately advise your doctor if you experience any of these symptoms: bleeding gums, nosebleed, blood in stool or urine, rectal bleed, or coughing up blood.
- A feeling of dizziness, as if you are about to pass out
- Issues with vision (blurred vision, trouble reading, trouble seeing in low light).
- Reversible Hair loss
- This is a mild anticoagulant; if you have any dental or surgical operations planned, advise your doctor since you may need to stop taking it for a certain period of time.
- This drug should be used with caution for patients with the following conditions:
- History of Heparin-related problems
- Bleeding risk
Frequently Asked Questions:
Is Elmiron Eye Damage possible?
- Eye damage associated with this drug has lately been identified as a potentially hazardous side effect. Because of this, patients should be aware of the risks and discuss them with their doctor.
Is this medication expensive?
- You can get this online at a very reasonable price from our pharmacy. Check out the top of our page for the prices.
How long does it take for this drug to relieve the symptoms?
- Some patients report relief after three to four weeks. For others, improvement manifests after six months. It is recommended to continue treatment for at least six months before discontinuing it.