Elmiron

Generic Name: Pentosan polysulfate sodium

  • What is Elmiron?

    Elmiron is indicated for the relief of bladder pain or discomfort associated with bladder inflammation (interstitial cystitis).
  • What is the most important information I should know about Elmiron?

    Elmiron is a weak blood thinner, which may increase bleeding. Tell your doctor if you will be undergoing surgery or will be taking other blood thinner medications.

    Do not drive or perform other possibly unsafe tasks until you know how you react to Elmiron; this medication may cause dizziness. These effects may be worse if you take it with alcohol or certain medicines.

    Elmiron may reduce the number of clot-forming cells (platelets) in your blood. Avoid activities that may cause bruising or injury. Tell your doctor if you have unusual bruising or bleeding. Tell your doctor if you have dark, tarry, or bloody stools.

  • Who should not take Elmiron?

    Do not take Elmiron if you have an allergy to Elmiron or its formulation. Do not take Elmiron if you plan on undergoing surgery.
  • What should I tell my doctor before I take the first dose of Elmiron?

    Tell your doctor about all prescription, over-the-counter, and herbal medications you are taking before beginning treatment with Elmiron. Also, talk to your doctor about your complete medical history, especially if you have a history of bleeding, stomach ulcers, liver problems, blood-clotting problems, or if you plan on undergoing surgery or taking blood thinner medications. In addition, talk to your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant.
  • What is the usual dosage?

    The information below is based on the dosage guidelines your doctor uses. Depending on your condition and medical history, your doctor may prescribe a different regimen. Do not change the dosage or stop taking your medication without your doctor's approval.

    Adults: The usual dose is 100 mg three times daily for a total of 300 mg per day. Patients receiving Elmiron should be reassessed after 3 months. If improvement has not occurred and if limiting adverse events are not present, Elmiron may be continued for another 3 months.

  • How should I take Elmiron?

    Take the capsules with a full glass of water at least 1 hour before meals or 2 hours afterwards. Continue taking Elmiron even if you feel well. Do not miss any doses.
  • What should I avoid while taking Elmiron?

    Avoid taking Elmiron with other drugs that have blood thinning capabilities. In addition, do not take with anti-inflammatory drugs.

    Do not drive or perform other possibly unsafe tasks until you know how you react to Elmiron; this medication may cause dizziness. These effects may be worse if you take it with alcohol or certain medicines.

    Avoid activities that may cause bruising or injury.

  • What are possible food and drug interactions associated with Elmiron?

    If Elmiron is taken with certain other drugs, the effects of either could be increased, decreased, or altered. It is especially important to check with your doctor before combining Elmiron with the following: blood thinners such as aspirin or heparin; antiplatelet agents (such as ticlopdipine and clopidogrel); and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory agents (such as naproxen and ibuprofen).
  • What are the possible side effects of Elmiron?

    Side effects cannot be anticipated. If any develop or change in intensity, tell your doctor as soon as possible. Only your doctor can determine if it is safe for you to continue taking this drug.

    Side effects may include: hair loss, diarrhea, nausea, blood in the stool, rash, upset stomach, dizziness, bruising, headache, swelling of the fingers, hands, toes, or feet

  • Can I receive Elmiron if I am pregnant or breastfeeding?

    The effects of Elmiron during pregnancy and breastfeeding are unknown. Talk to your healthcare provider if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding.
  • What should I do if I miss a dose of Elmiron?

    If you miss a dose, take it with food as soon as you remember. If it is close to the time of your next dose, skip the dose you missed and resume your regular dosing schedule. Do not double the dose.
  • How should I store Elmiron?

    Store at room temperature away from heat, moisture, and light. Do not store in the bathroom.