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Elmiron (pentosan) side effects are what?

Elmiron (pentosan) side effects are what?

Elmiron (pentosan) SE: Elmiron (pentosan) is a long term medication used for interstitial cystitis. Side effects are very uncommon. The most common side effects are gastrointestinal: rectal hemorrhage (6%), diarrhea (4%), nausea (4%), abdominal pain (2%), dyspepsia (2%). Hair loss occurs 6%. ...Read more

Dr. Weber Chuang
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Urology is a medical and surgical specialty that deals with the urinary tract (kidney, ureter, bladder, & urethra) of men and women; & the reproductive system of men. It is a broad field dealing with issues ranging from infections & kidney stones to surgical problems such as congenital defects, cancer surgery, and incontinence. Urologists are board certified by ...Read more


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What are the side effects taking elmiron (pentosan)?

What are the side effects taking elmiron (pentosan)?

Few, but watch for..: ..Upset stomach, nausea, and loose stools. Headache has been reported as well. Some patients experience hair loss, which is temporary and will grow back when this drug is stopped. If you have the gastrointestinal symptoms, we recommend small meals, good mouth care, sucking on sugar-free candy, or chewing sugar-free gum. Elmiron (pentosan) is generally well tolerated by patients. ...Read more

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I have had ic for some time prescribed elmiron (pentosan) but to afraid to take ie side effects very scary?

I have had ic for some time prescribed elmiron (pentosan) but to afraid to take ie side effects  very scary?

Don't be afraid: I have treated hundreds of patients with the medication and the overwhelming majority do very well. The medication is very safe and effective. The downside is it is typically taken 3 times per day and it does not work fast. It will typically take 3 months to begin to be effective. Rarely I have seen patients with hair loss but it is typically seen as additional hair in the sink or brush. ...Read more

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10 days ago started Elmiron (pentosan) and Tamulosin for prostatitis . First week felt good. Almost free from pain! but 3 days ago it all came back. is it ok ?

10 days ago started Elmiron (pentosan) and Tamulosin for prostatitis . First week felt good. Almost free from pain! but 3 days ago it all came back. is it ok ?

Prostatitis: Elmiron is not indicated in treatment of prostatitis, either bacterial or non-bacterial. Flomax (tamsulosin) is only helpful in relaxing an enlarged ( and sometimes a swollen) prostate. I would suggest you see a urologist for accurate diagnosis and standard of care treatment options. ...Read more

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How common are side effects from elmiron (pentosan)?

How common are  side effects from elmiron (pentosan)?

Rare, but watch for: ...Upset stomach, nausea, and loose stools. Headache has been reported as well. Some patients experience hair loss, which is temporary and will grow back when this drug is stopped. If you have the gastrointestinal symptoms, we recommend small meals, good mouth care, sucking on sugar-free candy, or chewing sugar-free gum. Elmiron (pentosan) is generally well tolerated by patients with rare adverse effects. ...Read more

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What are the side effects for women taking elmiron (pentosan)?

What are the side effects for women taking elmiron (pentosan)?

Elmiron (pentosan) SE: Elmiron (pentosan) is a long term medication used for interstitial cystitis. Side effects are very uncommon. The most common side effects are gastrointestinal: rectal hemorrhage (6%), diarrhea (4%), nausea (4%), abdominal pain (2%), dyspepsia (2%). Hair loss occurs 6%. ...Read more

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Is elmiron (pentosan) a better solution than a lidocaine injection?

Is elmiron (pentosan) a better solution than a lidocaine injection?

Takes longer: Elmiron (pentosan) takes about 3 months to start giving you relief from interstitial cystitis symptoms. Typically the other treatment is bladder instillations with a solution of lidocaine, Heparin and sodium bicarbonate. It's the Heparin that actually treats the condition, the other drugs are for symptoms. Heparin instillations work immediately but you'll typically need 8-12 treatments. ...Read more

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My wife has ic and is having bad reaction to elmiron (pentosan). Is there any thing else that she could take?

My wife has ic and is having bad reaction to elmiron (pentosan). Is there any thing else that she could take?

Diet: Is the most crucial step, elmirontherapy is the third or fourth line of therapy so it sounds as if she has skipped several stages and should see a gyn who focuses on pelvic pain. ...Read more

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What to do if I have interstitial disease, does taking more elmiron (pentosan) than I'm prescribed, a bad thing?

What to do if I have interstitial disease, does taking more elmiron (pentosan) than I'm prescribed, a bad thing?

As prescribed: I think you are referring to interstitial cystitis. Take the dose that your urologist prescribed. Good luck. ...Read more

Dr. Ravi Chand
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