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Question about some medical terms

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  • Posted By: Emil100
  • February 13, 2008
  • 05:35 PM

I am a little confused regarding three medical terms:

"pentosan sulfuric polyester"
"pentosan polysulfate"
"Elmiron".

Are they all synonyms with an identical meaning?

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  • I am not sure, but maybe I have now found the answer myself. The reason for my question is that I am a translator, and one of my colleagues who is working on a medical project has asked me what "pentosan sulfuric polyester" means. First, "Elmiron®" is a trade mark: It is the first oral medicine that is specifically for Interstitial Cystitis although it has been used for the past 30 years for the prevention of blood clots. http://www.cobfoundation.org/IC/ICTreatmentsOralElmiron.html Moreover, "Elmiron®" seems to be a "pentosan polysulfate" which has been added sodium:http://64.233.183.104/search?q=cache:OZgJY_Em_icJ:dailymed.nlm.nih.gov/dailymed/drugInfo.cfm%3Fid%3D6279+elmiron+pentosan&hl=en&ct=clnk&cd=3 Nevertheless, "pentosan sulfuric polyester" is known as "pentosan polysulfate" as well as "pentosan polysulfate sodium", and "Elmiron®", etc:http://64.233.183.104/search?q=cache:U5zD8yh_1nMJ:www.find-health-articles.com/msh-pentosan-sulfuric-polyester.htm+elmiron+polyester&hl=en&ct=clnk&cd=14 I am a little confused since I don't know whether sodium has been added to "pentosan sulfuric polyester"?
    Emil100 3 Replies
    • February 16, 2008
    • 10:56 AM
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  • I am a little confused regarding three medical terms: "pentosan sulfuric polyester""pentosan polysulfate""Elmiron". Are they all synonyms with an identical meaning? Now, I guess that the only difference between "pentosan sulfuric polyester" and "pentosan polysulfate" (if any) is that "pentosan sulfuric polyester" indicates that polyester is part of the substance whereas "pentosan polysulfate" is a broader term for that category of substances?
    Emil100 3 Replies
    • February 19, 2008
    • 11:59 PM
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  • ...And, maybe, sodium has to be added for it to become "Elmiron"?
    Emil100 3 Replies
    • February 20, 2008
    • 00:24 AM
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