Elmiron side effects - from FDA reports


In this review, we analyze Elmiron side effects by the time on the drug, gender and age of the people who have side effects while taking Elmiron. The review is based on 3,150 people who have side effects while taking the drug from FDA, and is updated regularly.


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Elmiron

Elmiron has active ingredients of pentosan polysulfate sodium. It is often used in interstitial cystitis (ic). (latest outcomes from Elmiron 3,401 users)


On Apr, 10, 2018

3,150 people who take Elmiron are studied.


Number of reports submitted per year:

Elmiron side effects.

Most common side effects over time *:

< 1 month:
  • Vomiting
  • Alopecia (absence of hair from areas of the body)
  • Blood pressure increased
  • Dry mouth
  • Headache (pain in head)
  • Nausea (feeling of having an urge to vomit)
  • Neutropenia (an abnormally low number of neutrophils)
  • Pain
  • Palpitations (feelings or sensations that your heart is pounding or racing)
  • Pruritus (severe itching of the skin)
1 - 6 months:
  • Hepatic failure (liver failure)
  • Loss of consciousness
  • Pain
  • Rectal haemorrhage (bleeding from anus)
  • Vomiting
  • Weight decreased
  • Abdominal pain lower
  • Ageusia (loss of taste functions of the tongue)
  • Alopecia (absence of hair from areas of the body)
  • Anger
6 - 12 months:
  • Neutropenia (an abnormally low number of neutrophils)
  • Abdominal pain upper
  • Abnormal loss of weight
  • Diarrhoea
  • Dizziness
  • Eosinophilic oesophagitis (allergic inflammatory condition of the oesophagus)
  • Eye swelling
  • Faeces discoloured
  • Hypersensitivity
  • Intracranial aneurysm (bulging, weak area in the wall of a cranial artery)
1 - 2 years:
  • Abnormal loss of weight
  • Hepatic pain (pain in liver)
  • Cardiac failure congestive
  • Hysterectomy
  • Migraine (headache)
  • Pain
  • Retinal haemorrhage (bleeding from retina)
  • Somnolence (a state of near-sleep, a strong desire for sleep)
  • Thrombocytopenia (decrease of platelets in blood)
  • Treatment failure
2 - 5 years:
  • Alopecia (absence of hair from areas of the body)
  • Back pain
  • Cardiac failure
  • Colitis (inflammation of colon)
  • Multiple allergies (allergy to multiple agents)
  • Pain
  • Petechiae (a small red or purple spot caused by bleeding into the skin)
  • Petit mal epilepsy (absence seizure)
  • Rectal haemorrhage (bleeding from anus)
  • Rib fracture
5 - 10 years:
  • Increased tendency to bruise (increased tendency to injure the underlying soft tissue or bone)
  • Infertility female
  • Osteoporosis (bones weak and more likely to break)
  • Rash
  • Seasonal allergy (allergic condition due to certain season)
  • Weight decreased
  • Abnormal loss of weight
  • Adrenal insufficiency (condition in which the adrenal glands do not produce adequate amounts of steroids)
  • Colitis (inflammation of colon)
  • Faecal incontinence (a lack of control over passing stool)
10+ years:
  • Breast cancer
  • Bladder pain
  • Hyperchlorhydria (gastric acid levels are higher in stomach)
  • Pollakiuria (abnormally frequent passage of relatively small quantities or urine)
  • Vomiting
not specified:
  • Weight decreased
  • Drug ineffective
  • Alopecia (absence of hair from areas of the body)
  • Nausea (feeling of having an urge to vomit)
  • Weight increased
  • Pain
  • Vomiting
  • Somnolence (a state of near-sleep, a strong desire for sleep)
  • Vision blurred
  • Adverse event

Most common side effects by gender *:

female:
  • Weight decreased
  • Alopecia (absence of hair from areas of the body)
  • Drug ineffective
  • Nausea (feeling of having an urge to vomit)
  • Pain
  • Vomiting
  • Weight increased
  • White blood cell count decreased
  • Headache (pain in head)
  • Pruritus (severe itching of the skin)
male:
  • Nausea (feeling of having an urge to vomit)
  • Neutropenia (an abnormally low number of neutrophils)
  • Vomiting
  • Somnolence (a state of near-sleep, a strong desire for sleep)
  • Weight decreased
  • Diarrhoea
  • Drug ineffective
  • Vision blurred
  • Alopecia (absence of hair from areas of the body)
  • Balance disorder

Most common side effects by age *:

0-1:
  • Foetal exposure during pregnancy (exposing your unborn child to contraindicated in pregnancy leads birth defect)
10-19:
  • Abdominal pain
  • Alopecia (absence of hair from areas of the body)
  • Bladder pain
  • Diarrhoea
  • Dizziness
  • Drug effect decreased
  • Hypothyroidism (abnormally low activity of the thyroid gland, resulting in retardation of growth and mental development)
  • Nausea (feeling of having an urge to vomit)
  • Pain in extremity
  • Pelvic pain
20-29:
  • Vomiting
  • Abdominal pain upper
  • Cholecystitis chronic (long lasting infection of gallbladder)
  • Cholelithiasis (the presence or formation of gallstones in the gallbladder or bile ducts)
  • Dyspnoea (difficult or laboured respiration)
  • Pain
  • Alopecia (absence of hair from areas of the body)
  • Drug ineffective
  • Drug screen positive
  • Gallbladder disorder
30-39:
  • Weight decreased
  • Neutropenia (an abnormally low number of neutrophils)
  • Syncope (loss of consciousness with an inability to maintain postural tone)
  • Vomiting
  • Fatigue (feeling of tiredness)
  • Pain
  • Alopecia (absence of hair from areas of the body)
  • Cholelithiasis (the presence or formation of gallstones in the gallbladder or bile ducts)
  • Headache (pain in head)
  • Nausea (feeling of having an urge to vomit)
40-49:
  • Nausea (feeling of having an urge to vomit)
  • Weight increased
  • Alopecia (absence of hair from areas of the body)
  • Weight decreased
  • Vomiting
  • Back pain
  • Insomnia (sleeplessness)
  • White blood cell count decreased
  • Pain
  • Rash
50-59:
  • Drug ineffective
  • Alopecia (absence of hair from areas of the body)
  • Nausea (feeling of having an urge to vomit)
  • Weight decreased
  • Accidental overdose
  • Vomiting
  • Vaginal candidiasis (vaginal fungal infection)
  • Weight increased
  • Asthenia (weakness)
  • Crohn's disease (condition that causes inflammation of the gastrointestinal tract)
60+:
  • Weight decreased
  • Nausea (feeling of having an urge to vomit)
  • Drug ineffective
  • Pain
  • Pruritus (severe itching of the skin)
  • Vomiting
  • Alopecia (absence of hair from areas of the body)
  • Somnolence (a state of near-sleep, a strong desire for sleep)
  • Weight increased
  • Abdominal pain upper

* Approximation only. Some reports may have incomplete information.

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