Pentosan Polysulfate Sodium
(PEN toe san pol i SUL fate SOW dee um)
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Elmiron: 100 mg [contains fd&c blue #1 aluminum lake, fd&c blue #2 aluminum lake, fd&c red #40 aluminum lake, fd&c yellow #10 aluminum lake]
Brand Names: U.S.
- Analgesic, Urinary
Although pentosan polysulfate sodium is a low-molecular weight heparinoid, it is not known whether these properties play a role in its mechanism of action in treating interstitial cystitis; the drug appears to adhere to the bladder wall mucosa where it may act as a buffer to protect the tissues from irritating substances in the urine.
Hepatic and splenic via partial desulfation; partial depolymerization occurs in the renal parenchyma; saturable
Feces (58% to 84%, as unchanged drug); urine (6%, primarily as metabolites)
Time to Peak
Serum: 2 hours (range: 0.6-120 hours)
Use: Labeled Indications
Relief of bladder pain or discomfort due to interstitial cystitis
Hypersensitivity to pentosan polysulfate sodium, related compounds (LMWHs or heparin), or any component of the formulation
Interstitial cystitis: Oral: 100 mg 3 times/day taken with water 1 hour before or 2 hours after meals
Note: Patients should be evaluated at 3 months and may be continued an additional 3 months if there has been no improvement and if there are no therapy-limiting side effects. The risks and benefits of continued use beyond 6 months in patients who have not responded is not yet known.
Refer to adult dosing.
Children ≥16 years: Refer to adult dosing.
Dosing: Renal Impairment
No dosage adjustment provided in manufacturer’s labeling (has not been studied).
Dosing: Hepatic Impairment
No dosage adjustment provided in manufacturer’s labeling (has not been studied). However, dosage adjustment may be necessary due to hepatic impairment impact on pharmacokinetics. Use with caution.
Should be administered with water 1 hour before or 2 hours after meals.
Store at room temperature of 15°C to 30°C (59°F to 86°F).
Agents with Antiplatelet Properties (e.g., P2Y12 inhibitors, NSAIDs, SSRIs, etc.): Pentosan Polysulfate Sodium may enhance the adverse/toxic effect of Agents with Antiplatelet Properties. Specifically, the risk of bleeding may be increased by concurrent use of these agents. Monitor therapy
Anticoagulants: Pentosan Polysulfate Sodium may enhance the anticoagulant effect of Anticoagulants. Monitor therapy
1% to 10%:
Central nervous system: Headache (3%), dizziness (1%)
Dermatologic: Alopecia (4%), skin rash (3%)
Gastrointestinal: Diarrhea (4%), nausea (4%), abdominal pain (2%), dyspepsia (2%)
Hematologic & oncologic: Rectal hemorrhage (6%)
Hepatic: Abnormal hepatic function tests (1%; dose-related)
<1% (Limited to important or life-threatening): Amblyopia, anemia, anorexia, colitis, conjunctivitis, constipation, dehydration, depression, diaphoresis, dyspnea, ecchymoses, emotional lability, epistaxis, esophagitis, flatulence, gastritis, gingival hemorrhage, hyperkinesia, hypersensitivity reaction, insomnia, leukopenia, optic neuritis, oral mucosa ulcer, pharyngitis, prolonged partial thromboplastin time, prolonged prothrombin time, pruritus, retinal hemorrhage, rhinitis, skin photosensitivity, thrombocytopenia, tinnitus, urticaria, vomiting
Concerns related to adverse effects:
• Bleeding: Pentosan polysulfate is a low-molecular weight heparin-like compound with anticoagulant and fibrinolytic effects, therefore, bleeding complications (such as ecchymosis, epistaxis, and gum bleeding) may occur. Patients undergoing invasive procedures or having signs or symptoms of underlying coagulopathies or other increased risk of bleeding (eg, receiving heparin, warfarin, thrombolytics, NSAIDs, or high dose aspirin) should be evaluated prior to use.
• Aneurysm: Carefully evaluate patients with aneurysm before initiating therapy.
• Bleeding disorders: Carefully evaluate patients with hemophilia and/or thrombocytopenia before initiating therapy.
• Gastrointestinal disease: Carefully evaluate patients with gastrointestinal ulcerations, polyps, and/or diverticula before initiating therapy.
• Heparin-induced thrombocytopenia: Use with caution in patients with a history of heparin-induced thrombocytopenia.
• Hepatic impairment: Use with caution in patients with hepatic impairment.
• Pediatric: Safety and efficacy have not been established in children <16 years of age.
Pregnancy Risk Factor
No adverse events were noted in animal reproduction studies; however, reversible limb bud abnormalities were noted during in vitro animal studies. There are no adequate and well-controlled studies in pregnant women. Use with caution and only if clearly needed during pregnancy. Based on limited data, pentosan polysulfate does not appear to cross the placenta.
• Discuss specific use of drug and side effects with patient as it relates to treatment. (HCAHPS: During this hospital stay, were you given any medicine that you had not taken before? Before giving you any new medicine, how often did hospital staff tell you what the medicine was for? How often did hospital staff describe possible side effects in a way you could understand?)
• Patient may experience nausea, dizziness, diarrhea, headache, or hair loss. Have patient report immediately to prescriber signs of bleeding (vomiting blood or vomit that looks like coffee grounds; coughing up blood; hematuria; black, red, or tarry stools; bleeding from the gums; abnormal vaginal bleeding; bruises without a reason or that get bigger; or any severe or persistent bleeding) (HCAHPS).
• Educate patient about signs of a significant reaction (eg, wheezing; chest tightness; fever; itching; bad cough; blue skin color; seizures; or swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat). Note: This is not a comprehensive list of all side effects. Patient should consult prescriber for additional questions.
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- Drug class: miscellaneous genitourinary tract agents
Other brands: Elmiron