What is Pyridium used for?
Pyridium (PHENAZOPYRIDINE) is used to treat pain. It is effective for pain and burning treatment during the disease of urinary tract. Pyridium does not belong to the group of antibiotics. It is not effective for treating urinary tract infection.
What should be known before starting treatment?
Inform your doctor or health care provider, if you have any of conditions listed below:
- glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase (G6PD) deficiency
- kidney disease
- an unusual or allergic reaction to phenazopyridine, other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives
- pregnant or trying to get pregnant
How is Pyridium taken?
Take the drug orally, drink a full glass of water. You’d better take it during the meal not to cause stomach disorders. You shouldn’t lie down right after you’ve taken the medicine. Take Pyridium regularly for better result. Do not take more doses and more often that prescribed. If you are taking Pyridium for a long term, the risk of heart disorders may increase.
Consult the pediatrician if you are going to treat the child with Pyridium. You may need special monitoring.
In case of overdose, call for urgent medical help. Do not give this medicine to other people. It may be dangerous for them.
If you have forgotten to take your medicine in time, take it as soon as possible. If it’s time for you to take the next dose, skip the missed dose and take just the next one.
What does Pyridium interact with?
If you are taking any medicines, herbs, non-prescription drugs inform your doctor before taking Pyridium. You should be cautious, if you smoke, drink alcohol, or use illegal drugs. It may lead to serious effects if you are taking Pyridium. Do not drink much coffee or alcohol-containing beverages while taking Pyridium. Do not use any other medicines before consulting your doctor.
What important information should be known about Pyridium?
If you do not feel improvement of your condition inform your doctor. Do not take other pain medicines before consulting your doctor.
You may notice, that your urine or other body liquids have changed the color to red. It’s not dangerous, just the side effects of the medicine. You may feel eye dryness while wearing soft contact lenses, so you’d better not wear it during taking Pyridium.
If you have diabetes, the result of blood sugar test may be false positive. Your doctor will give you more information about it.
What are Pyridium side effects?
There is the list of side effects which you should inform your doctor about as soon as you feel any of them:
- allergic reactions like skin rash, itching or hives, swelling of the face, lips, or tongue
- blue or purple color of the skin
- difficulty breathing
- less urine
- unusual bleeding, bruising
- unusual tired, weak
- yellowing of the eyes or skin
There are also side effects which do not require special monitoring, though may be disturbing:
- dark urine
- stomach upset
The list of side effects may be not complete. Consult your doctor or health care provider immediately if the side effects listed above have worsen or you feel any other unpleasant effects