Elmiron Vision Loss Leads Physicians to Offer Alternative Treatments For Interstitial Cystitis


There are an estimated 200,000 Americans diagnosed with interstitial cystitis every year, and for many of those who suffer with this painful bladder syndrome, news of the Elmiron vision loss risk was devastating. The medication has been highly successful in offering relief to those who had previously endured the chronic pain of the condition, and who are now seeking alternative treatments.

According to recent reports, Elmiron vision loss has been reported in patients who have taken the medication over an extended period of time. Making matters worse, there is some evidence that the drug’s manufacturer may have been aware of the risk and failed to warn consumers against it. As those who have sustained eye damage from the drug assess their next steps, they are also trying to find another way to relieve the stress caused by every trip to the bathroom. Fortunately, several physicians and renowned medical institutions have offered helpful advice.

Elmiron’s Link to Vision Loss Leaves Patients With Few Options

The news that taking Elmiron could lead to permanent vision loss has left many sufferers of interstitial cystitis at a loss. The medication had only been approved for the treatment of the painful condition in the last thirty years and had provided significant relief. In response to news that many had suffered progressive eye damage and vision loss, physicians are offering several options that may provide relief safely. These include:

  • Making adjustments to diet. Specific foods have been tied to interstitial cystitis flares, and avoiding them can minimize the impact of bladder pain. Foods to watch out for include garlic, peppers and other spicy foods; coffee, tea, soda and chocolate; alcohol and carbonated beverages; artificial sweeteners either in drinks or food items; acidic foods such as tomatoes and citrus.
  • Exercise more. There have been indications that tight muscles in the pelvic area exacerbate bladder pain. By doing a moderate-level activity, as well as stretching exercises, many have found relief. There are also exercises that are specifically designed to relax the pelvic muscles which have proven helpful for many.
  • Mindful meditation and other stress-reduction techniques. Stress has been directly tied to flare-ups of interstitial cystitis, so those diagnosed with the condition can help themselves by both minimizing activities that they know are likely to add to their stress and by practicing stress-relieving activities such as mindful meditation, deep breathing exercises, and massage.

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Terri Oppenheimer

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