Phenazopyridine

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Generic Name: Phenazopyridine Brand Name(s): Generics only. No brands available.

Uses

What is Phenazopyridine used for?

Phenazopyridine is used to relieve symptoms caused by irritation of the urinary tract such as pain, burning, and the feeling of needing to urinate urgently or frequently. This drug does not treat the cause of the urinary irritation, but it can help relieve the symptoms while other treatments take effect. Phenazopyridine is a dye that works as a painkiller to soothe the lining of the urinary tract.

How should I take Phenazopyridine?

Take this medication by mouth, usually 3 times daily after meals or as directed by your doctor. If you are taking this medication along with antibiotics for symptoms related to a urinary tract infection, or are self-treating, do not take it for more than 2 days without talking to your doctor.

Dosage is based on your medical condition and response to therapy.

Inform your doctor if your condition persists or worsens.

How do I store Phenazopyridine?

Phenazopyridine is best stored at room temperature away from direct light and moisture. To prevent drug damage, you should not store Phenazopyridine in the bathroom or the freezer. There may be different brands of Phenazopyridine that may have different storage needs. It is important to always check the product package for instructions on storage, or ask your pharmacist. For safety, you should keep all medicines away from children and pets.

You should not flush Phenazopyridine down the toilet or pour them into a drain unless instructed to do so. It is important to properly discard this product when it is expired or no longer needed. Consult your pharmacist for more details about how to safely discard your product.

Precautions & warnings

What should I know before using Phenazopyridine?

Before taking phenazopyridine, tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are allergic to it; or if you have any other allergies. This product may contain inactive ingredients, which can cause allergic reactions or other problems. Talk to your pharmacist for more details.

This medication should not be used if you have certain medical conditions. Before using this medicine, consult your doctor or pharmacist if you have: kidney disease, liver disease, blood disorders (e.g., G6PD deficiency, hemolytic anemia).

Before using this medication, tell your doctor or pharmacist your medical history.

This drug may make you dizzy. Do not drive, use machinery, or do any activity that requires alertness until you are sure you can perform such activities safely. Limit alcoholic beverages.

Phenazopyridine can dye your urine and tears orange-red. This may stain clothing and contact lenses. Do not wear contact lenses while using this medication. Urine and tears will return to normal color after the medication is stopped.

Tell your doctor if you are pregnant before using this medication.

It is not known whether this drug passes into breast milk. Consult your doctor before breast-feeding.

Is it safe during pregnancy or breast-feeding?

There are no adequate studies in women for determining risk when using this Phenazopyridine during pregnancy or while breastfeeding. Please always consult with your doctor to weigh the potential benefits and risks before taking Phenazopyridine. Phenazopyridine is pregnancy risk category B according to the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

FDA pregnancy risk category reference below:

  • A=No risk,
  • B=No risk in some studies,
  • C=There may be some risk,
  • D=Positive evidence of risk,
  • X=Contraindicated,
  • N=Unknown

Side effects

What side effects can occur from Phenazopyridine?

Headache, dizziness, or stomach upset may occur. If any of these effects persist or worsen, notify your doctor or pharmacist promptly.

If your doctor has directed you to use this medication, remember that he or she has judged that the benefit to you is greater than the risk of side effects. Many people using this medication do not have serious side effects.

Tell your doctor right away if any of these rare but very serious side effects occur: yellowing skin/eyes, dark urine, signs of kidney problems (such as change in the amount of urine, bloody urine), stomach/abdominal pain, vomiting, fever, chills, easy bruising/bleeding, unusual tiredness, shortness of breath, fast heartbeat, seizures.

A very serious allergic reaction to this drug is unlikely, but seek immediate medical attention if it occurs. Symptoms of a serious allergic reaction may include: rash, itching/swelling (especially of the face/tongue/throat), severe dizziness, trouble breathing.

Not everyone experiences these side effects. There may be some side effects not listed above. If you have any concerns about a side-effect, please consult your doctor or pharmacist.

Interactions

What drugs may interact with Phenazopyridine?

Phenazopyridine can interfere with certain laboratory tests (including urine tests for kidney function, bilirubin, and sugar levels), possibly causing false test results. Home urine tests (including diabetic tests) may be affected. Make sure laboratory personnel and all your doctors know you use this drug.

Phenazopyridine may interact with other drugs that you are currently taking, which can change how your drug works or increase your risk for serious side effects. To avoid any potential drug interactions, you should keep a list of all the drugs you are using (including prescription drugs, nonprescription drugs and herbal products) and share it with your doctor and pharmacist. For your safety, do not start, stop, or change the dosage of any drugs without your doctor’s approval.

Does food or alcohol interact with Phenazopyridine?

Phenazopyridine may interact with food or alcohol by altering the way the drug works or increase the risk for serious side effects. Please discuss with your doctor or pharmacist any potential food or alcohol interactions before using this drug.

What health conditions may interact with Phenazopyridine?

Phenazopyridine may interact with your health condition. This interaction may worsen your health condition or alter the way the drug works. It is important to always let your doctor and pharmacist know all the health conditions you currently have.

Dosage

The information provided is not a substitute for any medical advice. You should ALWAYS consult with your doctor or pharmacist before using this Phenazopyridine.

What is the dose of Phenazopyridine for an adult?

Usual Adult Dose for Dysuria

190 to 200 mg orally 3 times a day

Comments:

-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

Renal Dose Adjustments

Contraindicated

Precautions

CONTRAINDICATIONS:

-Hypersensitivity to the active component or any of the ingredients

-Renal impairment

Other Comments

General:

-This drug provides only symptomatic relief; treatment of the cause of pain should be instituted and the drug discontinued when symptoms are controlled.

-The analgesic action of this drug may reduce or eliminate the need for systemic analgesics or narcotics.

-This drug may be given concomitantly with antibiotics to relieve pain and discomfort during the interval before antibacterial therapy controls the infection.

-This drug should not be given for longer than 2 days because there is a lack of evidence that the combined administration of this drug and an antibacterial provides greater benefit than administration of the antibacterial alone after 2 days.

What is the dose of Phenazopyridine for a child?

Usual Pediatric Dose for Dysuria

12 years and older:

190 to 195 mg orally 3 times a day

Comments:

-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

Precautions

Safety and efficacy have not been established in patients younger than 12 years.

How is Phenazopyridine available?

Phenazopyridine is available in the following dosage forms and strengths:

  • Oral tablet,
  • Compounding powder.

What should I do in case of an emergency or overdose?

In case of an emergency or an overdose, call your local emergency services or go to your nearest emergency room.

What should I do if I miss a dose?

If you miss a dose of Phenazopyridine, take it as soon as possible. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and take your regular dose as scheduled. Do not take a double dose.

Hello Health Group does not provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.

Review Date: April 11, 2018 | Last Modified: April 11, 2018

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