Is there an Elmiron generic available?

Written by Gabriel Levitt, MA | Posted June 04, 2018 | Updated December 03, 2020

Elmiron (pentosan polysulfate sodium) is used to treat several bladder conditions, including the relief of bladder pain. It works by protecting the bladder from irritating substances in the urine.

Elmiron Generic in the U.S.

Brand-name Elmiron was approved by the FDA in 1996. It is marketed by Janssen Pharmaceuticals.

In 2012, the FDA released a Draft Guidance on pentosan polysulfate sodium on bioequivalence (BE) recommendations. This helps allow generic medication manufacturers to successfully create a generic version of a particular drug. The draft was revised by the FDA in 2014, however, and there still isn't a generic version of Elmiron available in the U.S.

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Order Elmiron from Verified Online Pharmacies

Elmiron is legally manufactured and available for sale in other countries and can be purchased from verified online pharmacies. You can search verified pharmacies that list prices on

Currently, 100 capsules of 100 mg Elmiron — about a three-month supply — can cost you around $1200 at your local U.S pharmacy. You can find the same quantity of Elmiron for $179 at a verified international pharmacy by comparing prices on That's an 85% discount vs. Elmiron sold in the U.S.

Compare Prices for Elmiron

Even though a generic version is not available in U.S. pharmacies, it is available to order from an international online pharmacy. The generic version of Elmiron, pentosan polysulfate sodium, can be found for just $132. 

Compare Prices for Pentosan Polysulfate Sodium

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Other Ways to Save Money on Elmiron

If you prefer to shop at your local U.S. pharmacy, just scroll all the way to the bottom of each price page and enter your ZIP Code to find the discounts available in your area. When you choose a pharmacy, just click "Print Card for This Pharmacy" and you are all set to obtain your discount at the pharmacy of your choice. also offers a search tool for patient assistance programs. Many pharmaceutical companies offer aid with the cost of medications through patient assistance programs.

Elmiron Patient Assistance Program

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Where is Elmiron made?

We found packaging of brand-name Elmiron 100 mg sold in the United States. It was manufactured in Germany by a Janssen Ortho, LLC based in Puerto Rico for Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Inc. in New Jersey. See below.

Elmiron packaging

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Hi, I live in the UK and wanted to know if Elmiron is available?
I suffer with IC and have had the condition for over 10 years. In the past cytsistat has worked but not anymore.
Travelling to Toronto in February and if not available in UK can this be purchased over the counter.

Sharon Callus
(Desperate IC sufferer)
I appreciate this info and savings available online and off shore.

BUT -- you are stating the supply for 3 months is 100 capsules, which I believe is inaccurate. Typical dosage is 3 (100 mg) caps per day, so 100 caps would only be about a ONE MONTH supply. I just checked a client's retail cost on the drug through a US Prescription Drug Plan (PDP), and it showed a 90 capsule price of $770 (not $1200).

This changes your 85% savings estimate quite a bit. Maybe a correction or update is in order?

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