Phenazopyridine for Urinary Symptoms
Phenazopyridine is available as a prescription medicine (Pyridium) and as an over-the-counter medicine (Uristat).
How It Works
Phenazopyridine is a pain reliever (analgesic) for the urinary tract. It comes in tablet form that you take by mouth (orally).
Why It Is Used
How Well It Works
Phenazopyridine provides short-term relief of urinary tract symptoms. But it does not eliminate the cause of symptoms, such as bacterial infection.
All medicines have side effects. But many people don't feel the side effects, or they are able to deal with them. Ask your pharmacist about the side effects of each medicine you take. Side effects are also listed in the information that comes with your medicine.
Here are some important things to think about:
Call your doctor right away if you have:
See Drug Reference for a full list of side effects. (Drug Reference is not available in all systems.)
What To Think About
Talk to your doctor before using this medicine if you:
This medicine will change the color of your urine to red or orange. This is temporary and harmless, but it can stain clothing and towels. Other body fluids may be discolored as well.
Don't wear soft contact lenses while taking this medicine. It can permanently stain your lenses.
Don't take more than the recommended dose or use this medicine for longer than 2 days without checking with your doctor.
Medicine is one of the many tools your doctor has to treat a health problem. Taking medicine as your doctor suggests will improve your health and may prevent future problems. If you don't take your medicines properly, you may be putting your health (and perhaps your life) at risk.
There are many reasons why people have trouble taking their medicine. But in most cases, there is something you can do. For suggestions on how to work around common problems, see the topic Taking Medicines as Prescribed.
Advice for women
If you are pregnant, breast-feeding, or planning to get pregnant, do not use any medicines unless your doctor tells you to. Some medicines can harm your baby. This includes prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, herbs, and supplements. And make sure that all your doctors know that you are pregnant, breast-feeding, or planning to get pregnant.
Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor if you are having problems. It's also a good idea to know your test results and keep a list of the medicines you take.
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