pentosan, Elmiron

  • Pharmacy Author:
    Omudhome Ogbru, PharmD

    Dr. Ogbru received his Doctorate in Pharmacy from the University of the Pacific School of Pharmacy in 1995. He completed a Pharmacy Practice Residency at the University of Arizona/University Medical Center in 1996. He was a Professor of Pharmacy Practice and a Regional Clerkship Coordinator for the University of the Pacific School of Pharmacy from 1996-99.

  • Medical and Pharmacy Editor: Jay W. Marks, MD
    Jay W. Marks, MD

    Jay W. Marks, MD

    Jay W. Marks, MD, is a board-certified internist and gastroenterologist. He graduated from Yale University School of Medicine and trained in internal medicine and gastroenterology at UCLA/Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles.

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Other important side effects include abnormalities of liver tests in the blood. Bleeding from the rectum and other areas also may occur.

PRESCRIPTION: Yes

GENERIC AVAILABLE: No

PREPARATIONS: Capsules: 100 mg.

STORAGE: Pentosan should be stored at room temperature, between 15 C to 30 C (59 F to 86 F).

DOSING: The recommended dose of pentosan is 100 mg three times daily (every 8 hours) taken at least one hour before or two hours after meals so that food does not retard its absorption. Patients should be evaluated after 3 months, and treatment may be continued for another three months if patients have not improved and they are tolerating pentosan.

DRUG INTERACTIONS: Pentosan resembles heparin and it affects the ability of blood to clot. Therefore, it can cause bleeding and if combined with other drugs that also cause bleeding (anticoagulants) the risk of bleeding may increase. Examples of drugs that cause bleeding include heparin, streptokinase, aspirin, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (for example, ibuprofen), and warfarin (Coumadin).

PREGNANCY: Studies with pentosan have not been conducted in pregnant women.

NURSING MOTHERS: Studies of pentosan have not been conducted in nursing mothers.

Medically reviewed by Eni Williams, PharmD

Reference: FDA Prescribing Information

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 7/23/2015

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