Pentosan polysulfate is known to tightly bind to BCG and may prevent attachment of the vaccine to the bladder lining, thus patients should not be receiving Elmiron
while being treated with intravesical BCG.
JP: Patients started on Elmiron
should be aware that this treatment does not offer immediate relief of symptoms Elmiron
can be costly, and not all patients can afford the drug.
Younger women may be able to go off heparin or Elmiron therapy after 3-6 months, according to Dr.
He said he no longer tests patients for potassium sensitivity, however, but initiates Elmiron instead.
Parsons prescribes Elmiron, the only oral therapy approved for IC.
Elmiron begins to relieve pain in as little as 8 weeks in mild cases.
Parsons may combine Elmiron with intravesical heparin.
Among Alza's biggest products are Nicoderm, for smoking cessation, and Elmiron
, for the relief of bladder pain or discomfort associated with interstitial cystitis.
These new items are Zbar, a medical food for adults and children with diabetes, and Elmiron, a prescription medication for patients with a bladder condition known as interstitial cystitis.
As a prescription drug Elmiron will be dispensed only through pharmacies.
Ivax is awaiting FDA approval for Elmiron
, for treating interstitial cystitis.