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Important Instructions for Pentosan

When and How Do I Take It?

Pentosan comes in the form of a gelatin capsule. One capsule is taken three times a day. It is recommended that you take your dosage with water, either one hour before or two hours after a meal.
Pentosan should be taken at the same time each day to maintain an even level of the medicine in your blood. It is not considered a pain medication -- like acetaminophen (Tylenol®) or aspirin; it will only reduce the pain if you take it consistently. For pentosan to work properly, you have to take it as prescribed.

Pentosan Dosage

The dosage your healthcare provider recommends will vary depending on a number of factors, including
  • Other medical conditions you may have
  • Other medications you may be currently taking.
Most people start with pentosan 100 mg, three times a day. As is always the case, do not adjust your dose unless your healthcare provider specifically tells you to do so.
(Click Elmiron Dosage for more information about dosing guidelines.)

Drug Interactions

Pentosan has not been studied for drug interactions. However, due to its ability to thin blood, one can follow some basic guidelines generally associated with blood thinners.
(Click Elmiron Drug Interactions for more information.)

What If I Take an Overdose?

Although no pentosan overdoses have been reported, people who take too much of this drug may have overdose symptoms that could include:
  • Inability of the blood to clot
  • Bleeding
  • Decrease in platelets
  • Increase in liver enzymes
  • Upset stomach.
If you happen to overdose, seek medical attention immediately.
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