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Pyridium (Phenazopyridine) belongs to the class of medications called urinary tract analgesics. It is used for the relief of burning, pain, frequent urge to urinate, and other discomforts associated with irritation or infection of the urinary tract.
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Pyridium (Phenazopyridine) belongs to the class of medications called urinary tract analgesics. It is used for the relief of burning, pain, frequent urge to urinate, and other discomforts associated with irritation or infection of the urinary tract. It is not an antibiotic and therefore will not cure an infection. Pyridium (Phenazopyridine) may be used at the same time as an antibiotic.
Your doctor may have suggested Pyridium (Phenazopyridine) for conditions other than the ones listed in these drug information articles. As well, some forms of Pyridium (Phenazopyridine) may not be used for all of the conditions discussed here. If you have not discussed this with your doctor or are not sure why you are taking Pyridium (Phenazopyridine), speak to your doctor. Do not stop taking Pyridium (Phenazopyridine) without consulting your doctor.
Do not give Pyridium (Phenazopyridine) to anyone else, even if they have the same symptoms as you do. It can be harmful for people to take Pyridium (Phenazopyridine) if their doctor has not prescribed it.
The usual adult dose of Pyridium (Phenazopyridine) is 200 mg taken 3 times daily, after meals to reduce the chance of stomach upset. Pyridium (Phenazopyridine) should not be used for more than 2 days. If the symptoms do not improve within this time or worsen at any time, talk with your doctor.
Many things can affect the dose of medication that a person needs, such as body weight, other medical conditions, and other medications. If your doctor has recommended a dose different from the ones listed here, do not change the way that you are taking Pyridium (Phenazopyridine) without consulting your doctor.
It is important to take Pyridium (Phenazopyridine) exactly as prescribed by your doctor. If you miss a dose, take it as soon as possible and continue with your regular schedule. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and continue with your regular dosing schedule. Do not take a double dose to make up for a missed one. If you are not sure what to do after missing a dose, contact your doctor or pharmacist for advice.
Store Pyridium (Phenazopyridine) at room temperature, protect it from light and moisture, and keep it out of the reach of children.
Do not dispose of medications in wastewater (e.g. down the sink or in the toilet) or in household garbage. Ask your pharmacist how to dispose of medications that are no longer needed or have expired.
Many medications can cause side effects. A side effect is an unwanted response to a medication when it is taken in normal doses. Side effects can be mild or severe, temporary or permanent.
The side effects listed below are not experienced by everyone who takes Pyridium (Phenazopyridine). If you are concerned about side effects, discuss the risks and benefits of Pyridium (Phenazopyridine) with your doctor.
The following side effects have been reported by at least 1% of people taking Pyridium (Phenazopyridine). Many of these side effects can be managed, and some may go away on their own over time.
Contact your doctor if you experience these side effects and they are severe or bothersome. Your pharmacist may be able to advise you on managing side effects.
Although most of the side effects listed below don't happen very often, they could lead to serious problems if you do not seek medical attention.
Check with your doctor as soon as possible if any of the following side effects occur:
Stop taking the medication and seek immediate medical attention if any of the following occur:
Some people may experience side effects other than those listed. Check with your doctor if you notice any symptom that worries you while you are taking Pyridium (Phenazopyridine).
Pyridium is no longer available in Canada.The information in this article may not be up-to-date. For additional information about Pyridium (Phenazopyridine), please contact your doctor or pharmacist.
Do not take Pyridium (Phenazopyridine) if you:
There may be an interaction between Pyridium (Phenazopyridine) and ciprofloxacin.
If you are taking ciprofloxacin, speak with your doctor or pharmacist. Depending on your specific circumstances, your doctor may want you to:
An interaction between two medications does not always mean that you must stop taking one of them. Speak to your doctor about how any drug interactions are being managed or should be managed.
Medications other than those listed above may interact with Pyridium (Phenazopyridine). Tell your doctor or prescriber about all prescription, over-the-counter (non-prescription), and herbal medications you are taking. Also tell them about any supplements you take. Since caffeine, alcohol, the Nicotine from cigarettes, or street drugs can affect the action of many medications, you should let your prescriber know if you use them.
Before you begin taking a medication, be sure to inform your doctor of any medical conditions or Allergies you may have, any medications you are taking, whether you are pregnant or breast-feeding, and any other significant facts about your health. These factors may affect how you should take Pyridium (Phenazopyridine).
Discoloration of body fluids: Pyridium (Phenazopyridine) produces an orange-to-red colour in the urine and feces, and may cause staining. Pyridium (Phenazopyridine) may cause discoloration of other body fluids and staining of contact lenses has been reported.
If the medication has been broken or held in the mouth before swallowing, it may cause tooth discoloration. If your skin or eyes turn a yellowish colour, stop taking the medication and contact your doctor immediately.
Laboratory tests: Pyridium (Phenazopyridine) may interfere with certain laboratory tests. If you are having lab tests done, make sure your doctor knows that you take Pyridium (Phenazopyridine).
Length of treatment: Take Pyridium (Phenazopyridine) for only 2 days. If symptoms persist beyond 2 days, contact your doctor.
Medical conditions: If you have an inherited condition called G-6-PD deficiency, discuss with your doctor how Pyridium (Phenazopyridine) may affect your medical condition, how your medical condition may affect the dosing and effectiveness of Pyridium (Phenazopyridine), and whether any special monitoring is needed.
Pregnancy: Pyridium (Phenazopyridine) should not be used during pregnancy unless the benefits outweigh the risks. If you become pregnant while taking Pyridium (Phenazopyridine), contact your doctor immediately.
Breast-feeding: It is not known if Pyridium (Phenazopyridine) passes into breast milk. If you are a breast-feeding mother and are taking Pyridium (Phenazopyridine), it may affect your baby. Talk to your doctor about whether you should continue breast-feeding.
Children: The safety and effectiveness of using Pyridium (Phenazopyridine) have not been established for children.
Seniors: The safety and effectiveness of using Pyridium (Phenazopyridine) have not been established for seniors.
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