Pyridium

(phenazopyridine)

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Relieves urinary pain, burning, urgency, and frequency.

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Pyridium (phenazopyridine) is effective for relieving urinary tract pain and discomfort, but it is not used for treating infections.

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Quick facts about Pyridium
  • Drug class: Renal
  • Rx status: Prescription or OTC
  • Generic status: Lower-cost generic available (phenazopyridine)

Upsides

  • This medication is cheap and available over-the-counter.
  • Works quickly to relieve urinary pain and discomfort.
  • Pyridium (phenazopyridine) has little to no interactions with other medications.
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Downsides

  • Pyridium (phenazopyridine) might not be a good option for those with kidney problems.
  • Can only use for 2 days for relief of urinary symptoms, unless your doctor has prescribed antibiotics for you.
  • May not be appropriate for people age 65 or older.
  • The medicine can stain soft contact lenses and undergarments.
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How it works

It is not exactly known how Pyridium (phenazopyridine) works in your body, but it does interact with the surface of your urinary tract to provide pain relief.

Quick facts about Pyridium
  • Drug class: Renal
  • Rx status: Prescription or OTC
  • Generic status: Lower-cost generic available (phenazopyridine)

Used for

  • Urinary tract pain and discomfort

Dosage forms

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What to expect when you take Pyridium (phenazopyridine) for Urinary tract pain and discomfort

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  • Possible side effects
  • Headache
  • Rash
  • Itch
  • Upset stomach
  • Severe allergic reaction
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Risks and Warnings for Pyridium (phenazopyridine)

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  • Pyridium (phenazopyridine) is suspected of being able to cause liver cancer and other tumors based on its use in animals. Although there is not enough evidence for it causing tumors in humans, you should use this medication for the shortest period of time possible.

Common concerns from people taking Pyridium (phenazopyridine)

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Food
  • Take Pyridium (phenazopyridine) with food to prevent stomach upset.
Kidneys and liver
  • People with kidney problems should speak with their doctor before using Pyridium (phenazopyridine).
  • Pyridium (phenazopyridine) might not be a good option for those with kidney problems.
Pain
  • Works quickly to relieve urinary pain and discomfort.