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Elmiron (Pentosan polysulfate) is used to relieve bladder pain and discomfort related to interstitial cystitis, a disease that causes swelling and scarring of the bladder wall. Pentosan polysulfate is similar to a class of medications called low molecular weight heparins. It works by preventing irritation of the bladder walls. Pentosan Polysulfate Sodium (generic) is available for purchase.
Pentosan polysulfate comes as a capsule to take by mouth. It is usually taken with water three times a day, 1 hour before or 2 hours after meals. Follow the directions on your prescription label carefully, and ask your doctor or pharmacist to explain any part you do not understand. Take pentosan polysulfate exactly as directed. Do not take more or less of it or take it more often than prescribed by your doctor.
Pentosan polysulfate may cause side effects including:
Tell your doctor if any of these symptoms are severe or do not go away.
Some side effects can be serious. The following symptoms are uncommon, but if you experience any of them, call your doctor immediately:
Pentosan polysulfate may cause other side effects. Call your doctor if you have any unusual problems while taking this medication.
Q: Why is Elmiron prescribed?
A: Elmiron is used to treat bladder pain and discomfort caused by cystitis
Q: Does Elmiron have a generic alternative?
A: Pentosan Polysulfate Sodium (generic) is available for purchase at a lower cost.
Q: What if I miss a dose of Elmiron?
A: Take the missed dose as soon as you remember it. However, if it is almost time for the next dose, skip the missed dose and continue your regular dosing schedule. Do not take a double dose to make up for a missed one.
Q: How should I store this medication?
A: Elmiron should be kept in the container it came in, tightly closed, and out of reach of children. Store it at room temperature and away from excess heat and moisture (not in the bathroom).