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Phenazopyridine

Phenazopyridine

What is phenazopyridine?

Phenazopyridine is a pain reliever that affects the lower part of your urinary tract (bladder and urethra).

Phenazopyridine is used to treat urinary symptoms such as pain or burning, increased urination, and increased urge to urinate. These symptoms can be caused by infection, injury, surgery, catheter, or other conditions that irritate the bladder.

Phenazopyridine will treat urinary symptoms, but this medication will not treat a urinary tract infection.. Take any antibiotic that your doctor prescribes to treat an infection.

How should I take phenazopyridine?

  • Use exactly as directed on the label, or as prescribed by your doctor. Do not use in larger or smaller amounts or for longer than recommended.
  • Take phenazopyridine after meals.
  • Drink plenty of liquids while you are taking phenazopyridine.
  • Phenazopyridine will most likely darken the color of your urine to an orange or red color. This is a normal effect and is not harmful. Darkened urine may also cause stains to your underwear that may be permanent.
  • Phenazopyridine can also permanently stain soft contact lenses, and you should not wear them while taking this medicine.
  • Do not use phenazopyridine for longer than 2 days unless your doctor has told you to.
  • This medication can cause unusual results with urine tests. Tell any doctor who treats you that you are using phenazopyridine.

What happens if I miss a dose?

Take the missed dose as soon as you remember. Skip the missed dose if it is almost time for your next scheduled dose. Do not take extra medicine to make up the missed dose.

What happens if I overdose?

Seek emergency medical attention or call the Poison Help line at 1-800-222-1222.

What should I avoid while taking phenazopyridine?

Do not use this medication while wearing soft contact lenses. Phenazopyridine can permanently discolor soft contact lenses.

Phenazopyridine side effects

Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficult breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.

  • Stop using phenazopyridine and call your doctor at once if you have:
  • little or no urinating;
  • swelling, rapid weight gain
  • confusion, loss of appetite, pain in your side or lower back;
  • fever, pale or yellowed skin, stomach pain, nausea and vomiting; or
  • blue or purple appearance of your skin.

Phenazopyridine dosing information

  • -Take this drug after a meal.
  • -Take this drug with a full glass of water.
  • -This drug should not be used longer than 2 days concomitantly with an antibacterial, because of the lack of evidence that the combined administration of this drug and an antibacterial provides greater benefit than the antibacterial alone after 2 days.
  • Use: For the symptomatic relief of pain, burning, urgency, frequency, and other discomfort arising from irritation of the lower urinary tract mucosa caused by infection, trauma, surgery, endoscopic procedures, or the passage of sounds or catheters
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