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Elmiron uses are focused on treating bladder pain or discomfort associated with interstitial cystitis. Using Elmiron can help rebuild the mucous lining of the bladder, which is usually damaged by interstitial cystitis. This drug has not been approved for use in children.
Elmiron® is the brand name for this medication, and the generic name is pentosan polysulfate sodium. This medication has been licensed to help relieve bladder pain or discomfort associated with interstitial cystitis (IC). It is also the first and only oral medication to be approved by the FDA for this indication. Elmiron is available as a capsule, which contains 100 mg of pentosan polysulfate sodium (Elmiron 100 mg).
Elmiron is actually a weak blood thinner -- like heparin. It is not completely understood how Elmiron works, but it is believed that it works by helping to rebuild the mucous lining of your bladder. After taking Elmiron, the capsule dissolves and eventually ends up in your bladder. Here, it sticks to the bladder wall (instead of being removed with urine) and helps rebuild the lining.
Elmiron has not been approved for use in children.
Elmiron is believed to help repair and restore your bladder lining from the damage caused by interstitial cystitis. This can result in a decrease in bladder pain.
In clinical studies, Elmiron was able to improve bladder pain in about 38 percent of women with chronic interstitial cystitis, while 18 percent of women taking a placebo (sugar pill) had improved symptoms of interstitial cystitis. Patients may not feel relief from interstitial cystitis pain for the first two to four months. A decrease in urinary frequency may take up to six months. Patients are urged to continue with their Elmiron prescription for at least six months to give the drug an adequate chance to relieve interstitial cystitis symptoms.