pentosan polysulfate sodium - oral, Elmiron
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.
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