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Elmiron Blindness Risk: “Does Elmiron Cause Vision Loss?”

Riddle Brantley LLP   |  April 30, 2020   |  

Does Elmiron cause blindness? In the wake of disturbing reports that the popular bladder medication Elmiron may cause eye damage, many patients are wondering: “Can I go blind from taking Elmiron?” In this blog post, we’ll break down what you need to know about potential Elmiron blindness and vision loss risk.

First, let’s take a look at the research.

Elmiron Blindness RiskIn a recent study presented at the American Academy of Ophthalmology’s (AAO) annual meeting, researchers revealed some alarming findings about potential Elmiron eye damage, including blindness:

According to the researchers, “about one-quarter of patients with significant exposure to Elmiron showed definite signs of eye damage.”

The evidence showed, based on the long-term study, that Elmiron can cause blindness and vision loss, among other serious eye injuries, including:

According to a report, the researchers found that blindness and other eye injuries associated with Elmiron “could be mistaken for other retinal conditions, such as age-related macular degeneration or pattern dystrophy.”

Does Elmiron cause blindness?

Can Elmiron Cause BlindnessThe short answer is that available evidence indicates that Elmiron may cause blindness. The Elmiron blindness risk appears significant based on the 2020 study presented to the AAO. However, a definite, causal relationship between Elmiron and blindness has not yet been established. Researchers have stated that a connection exists and additional study is warranted.

The potentially Elmiron-caused injuries listed above can all result in serious eye conditions, including blindness. These eye conditions include but are not necessarily limited to:

Prior to these findings, Elmiron manufacturer Janssen Pharmaceuticals did not list vision loss or blindness as potential side effects or risks of taking Elmiron.

What is Elmiron?

Elmiron (pentosan polysulfate sodium, or PPS) is a prescription medication used primarily for treating interstitial cystitis, a condition that causes serious bladder pain and discomfort.

Elmiron is currently the only medication approved by the FDA to treat interstitial cystitis. However, there are a number of Elmiron alternatives that may be suitable for patients seeking relief from symptoms of interstitial cystitis.

The brand-name medication is manufactured by Janssen Pharmaceuticals. There is currently no generic equivalent available in U.S. pharmacies.

Elmiron Blindness (and Other Eye Injury) Lawsuits

IMPORTANT: As of January 2024, we are no longer investigating or taking new Elmiron cases. 

If you’ve taken Elmiron and suffered blindness, or other potentially damaging side effects like retina damage, you may have a case for compensation in an Elmiron lawsuit or settlement.

Elmiron Blindness Lawsuit Lawyer - Riddle & BrantleyFor a FREE consultation with an experienced Elmiron lawyer, please call 1-800-525-7111 or complete the fast and easy form below.

There is no obligation and you won’t pay any attorney fees unless we win your case and you receive financial compensation.

Call 1-800-525-7111 today to speak with an experienced injury attorney handling Elmiron blindness or vision loss claims (and other claims of eye damage associated with taking Elmiron).

Why Riddle & Brantley for Your Elmiron Blindness Lawsuit?

The risk of potential Elmiron-caused blindness is real, and if you’ve been injured as a result of taking this medication, you deserve a law firm that will fight tirelessly for the justice you deserve.

Since 1985, the injury attorneys at Riddle & Brantley have been holding drug companies accountable for potentially dangerous drugs like Elmiron. If Elmiron caused your vision loss or blindness, we believe that’s wrong and you deserve justice.

“Those who have suffered blindness or other eye injury potentially as a result of taking Elmiron deserve justice.”

-Gene Riddle, managing partner, Riddle & Brantley

IMPORTANT: As of January 2024, we are no longer investigating or taking new Elmiron cases. 

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Our attorneys have more than 220+ years of combined legal experience and we have a record of securing significant five, six and even seven-figure settlements and verdicts for our deserving clients (see disclaimer below).

Our team is led by attorney Gene Riddle, a member of The National Trial Lawyers Top 100, Super Lawyers, Million Dollar Advocates Forum and Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum. Gene is the recipient of the 2014 Litigator Award and maintains the prestigious AV Preeminent rating from Martindale-Hubbell (see disclaimer below).

Gene and the attorneys at Riddle & Brantley strive to treat every client like family and we are proud of the words our valued clients use to describe their experience working with Riddle & Brantley:

“They treated my case very professionally, with respect from beginning to end.”

-Joseph W., Riddle & Brantley client

IMPORTANT: As of January 2024, we are no longer investigating or taking new Elmiron cases. 

If you’ve taken Elmiron and suffered blindness (full or partial vision loss) or other eye damage, you may be entitled to compensation and we would love to help however we can.

For a FREE, no-obligation with an Elmiron lawsuit attorney, please call 1-800-525-7111 or complete the fast and easy form below.

The consultation is free, there are no upfront costs, and you won’t pay any attorney fees unless we win your Elmiron eye damage lawsuit and you receive compensation.

Please call 1-800-525-7111 today and let’s review your case.

“This settlement changed me and my family’s lives.”

Linda B., Riddle & Brantley client

Our compassionate attorneys will listen to you and advise you on your best available legal options for filing an Elmiron blindness claim or lawsuit (or a claim or lawsuit for a related Elmiron eye injury).

There is absolutely no obligation, and there are never any attorney fees unless we recover financial compensation for you.

Call 1-800-525-7111 today for a free consultation.

We believe Justice Counts for those who have suffered vision loss or other eye injury potentially due to Elmiron and we would love to help however we can.


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