Brand names: Pyridium
Pyridium is a urinary tract analgesic that helps relieve the pain, burning, urgency, frequency, and irritation caused by infection, trauma, catheters, or various surgical procedures in the lower urinary tract. Pyridium is indicated for short-term use and can only relieve symptoms; it is not a treatment for the underlying cause of the symptoms.
Pyridium produces an orange to red color in urine, and may stain fabric. Staining of contact lenses has also been reported.
Take Pyridium after meals, exactly as prescribed.
Side effects cannot be anticipated. If any occur or change in intensity, inform your doctor as soon as possible. Only your doctor can determine if it is safe for you to continue taking Pyridium.
Pyridium should be avoided if you have kidney disease, or if you are sensitive to or have ever had an allergic reaction to it.
If your skin or the whites of your eyes develop a yellowish tone, it may indicate that your kidneys are not eliminating the medication as they should. Notify your doctor immediately. If you are older, your doctor will watch you more closely, since the kidneys work less effectively as we age.
No interactions have been reported.
The effects of Pyridium during pregnancy have not been adequately studied. If you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant, inform your doctor immediately. To date, there is no information on whether Pyridium appears in breast milk. If Phenazopyridine hydrochloride is essential to your health, your doctor may advise you to stop breastfeeding until your treatment with Pyridium is finished.
The usual dose is two 100-milligram tablets or one 200-milligram tablet 3 times a day after meals.
You should not take Pyridium for more than 2 days if you are also taking an antibiotic for the treatment of a urinary tract infection.
Any medication taken in excess can have serious consequences. If you suspect an overdose, seek emergency medical treatment immediately.