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- What is pentosan, and how does it work (mechanism of action)?
- What brand names are available for pentosan?
- Is pentosan available as a generic drug?
- Do I need a prescription for pentosan?
- What are the side effects of pentosan?
- What is the dosage for pentosan?
- Is pentosan safe to take if I'm pregnant or breastfeeding?
- What else should I know about pentosan?
What is pentosan, and how does it work (mechanism of action)?
Pentosan is a semi-synthetic (man-made) drug that resembles the anticoagulant ("blood thinner") heparin and is used for treating the symptoms of interstitial cystitis. Interstitial cystitis is a condition, usually of unknown cause, in which there is inflammation of the urinary bladder that most frequently causes pelvic pain and frequent urination. The exact mechanism whereby pentosan reduces the symptoms of interstitial cystitis also is unknown; however, scientists believe that pentosan may coat the lining of the bladder and prevent irritating substances in the urine from reaching the cells of the lining. The FDA approved pentosan in September 1996.
What brand names are available for pentosan?
Is pentosan available as a generic drug?
GENERIC AVAILABLE: No
Do I need a prescription for pentosan?
What are the side effects of pentosan?
The most common side effects of pentosan are:
Other important side effects include abnormalities of liver tests in the blood. Bleeding from the rectum and other areas also may occur.
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