- Tiny bleeds (glomerulations)
- Distinctive lesions/ulcers on the bladder wall (Hunner’s lesions)
BPS with evidence of tiny bleeds or lesions/ulcers on the bladder wall used to be referred to as interstitial cystitis/bladder pain syndrome or IC/BPS for short.
elmiron® contains the active substance pentosan polysulfate sodium. It is taken orally and passes into the urine and attaches to the lining of the bladder, helping to form a protective layer, to reduce irritation and relieve symptoms over time.
- bladder pain
- the constant urge to pass urine
- the number of times you go to the toilet
- the need to get up in the night to go to the toilet.
Always take elmiron® according to the instructions given to you by your healthcare team, but also take some time to read the patient information leaflet.
than your GP or local pharmacy. Your healthcare team will advise you on this.
elmiron® is generally well tolerated but, like all medicines, it may still cause some side effects. Most of these are minor, but if something is bothering you or if anything doesn’t feel right, it is important to tell your healthcare team.
In rare cases, eye problems have been reported with elmiron® use (especially after long-term use). It is important to tell your healthcare team immediately if you experience visual changes such as reading difficulties and slower adjustment to low or reduced light. Your healthcare team will discuss with you whether your treatment should be continued and how often you should go for an eye test while taking elmiron®.
If you experience some hair loss while taking elmiron®, don’t panic! It’s important to note that elmiron® does not cause permanent hair loss, but rather it increases the time your hair follicles go into a rest phase before they re-grow. For more explanation on hair loss please watch this educational video below that explains how the hair grows and what this means.
Remember, if you experience any side effects, talk to your healthcare team. This includes any possible side effects not listed in this leaflet. By reporting side effects, you can help provide more information on the safety of this medicine. You can also report side effects directly via the Yellow Card Scheme at www.mhra.gov.uk/yellowcard.