GENERIC NAME: PENTOSAN POLYSULFATE SODIUM - ORAL (PEN-toe-san paw-lee-SULL-fate SO-dee-um)
BRAND NAME(S): Elmiron
USES: This medication is used to treat pain/discomfort from a certain bladder disorder (interstitial cystitis). It may work by forming a layer on the bladder wall and protecting it from harmful/irritating substances in the urine. It is also a weak "blood thinner" and therefore may increase the risk of bruising/bleeding (e.g., bleeding from the nose/gums).
HOW TO USE: Read the Medication Guide provided by your pharmacist before you start using this drug and each time you get a refill. If you have any questions, consult your doctor or pharmacist.Take this medication by mouth at least 1 hour before or 2 hours after meals, usually 3 times daily or as directed by your doctor.Use this medication regularly to get the most benefit from it. To help you remember, take it at the same times each day.Do not increase your dose or take this medication more often than prescribed. Your condition will not improve any faster, and the risk of serious side effects may be increased.Inform your doctor if your condition worsens or does not improve after 3 months.
SIDE EFFECTS: Diarrhea, hair loss, nausea, headache, stomach upset, or abdominal pain may occur. If any of these effects persist or worsen, tell your doctor or pharmacist promptly.Remember that your doctor has prescribed this medication because he or she has judged that the benefit to you is greater than the risk of side effects. Many people using this medication do not have serious side effects.Tell your doctor immediately if any of these unlikely but serious side effects occur: unusual bruising/bleeding (e.g., blood in stool), mental/mood changes, heartburn, discomfort when swallowing.Tell your doctor immediately if any of these rare but very serious side effects occur: tiredness, fast/pounding heartbeat, signs of infection (e.g., fever, persistent sore throat), shortness of breath, vision changes, eye pain, dark urine, yellowing eyes/skin, persistent nausea/vomiting.A very serious allergic reaction to this drug is rare. However, seek immediate medical attention if you notice any symptoms of a serious allergic reaction, including: rash, itching/swelling (especially of the face/tongue/throat), severe dizziness, trouble breathing.This is not a complete list of possible side effects. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.In the US -Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.In Canada - Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to Health Canada at 1-866-234-2345.
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