Pyridium Patient Information including How Should I Take
In this Article
- What is phenazopyridine (Pyridium)?
- What are the possible side effects of phenazopyridine?
- What is the most important information I should know about phenazopyridine?
- What should I discuss with my health care provider before taking phenazopyridine?
- How should I take phenazopyridine?
- What happens if I miss a dose?
- What happens if I overdose?
- What should I avoid while taking phenazopyridine?
- What other drugs will affect phenazopyridine?
- Where can I get more information?
What should I discuss with my health care provider before taking phenazopyridine?
Do not take this medication if you are allergic to phenazopyridine, or if you have kidney disease.
Before using phenazopyridine, tell your doctor if you are allergic to any drugs, or if you have:
- liver disease;
- diabetes; or
- a condition called G6PD (glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase) deficiency.
If you have any of these conditions, you may need a dose adjustment or special tests to safely take phenazopyridine.
FDA pregnancy category B. This medication is not expected to be harmful to an unborn baby. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant during treatment.
It is not known whether phenazopyridine passes into breast milk or if it could harm a nursing baby. Do not use this medication without telling your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby.
How should I take phenazopyridine?
Take phenazopyridine exactly as it was prescribed for you. Do not take the medication in larger amounts, or take it for longer than recommended by your doctor. Follow the directions on your prescription label.
Take this medicine with a full glass of water.
To avoid stomach upset, take phenazopyridine with food.
Phenazopyridine will most likely darken the color of your urine to an orange or red color. This is a normal effect and is not cause for alarm unless you have other symptoms such as pale or yellowed skin, fever, stomach pain, nausea, and vomiting. Darkened urine may also cause stains to your underwear, which may or may not be removed by laundering.
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 you to have false results with glucose or ketone urine tests. Tell any doctor who treats you that you are using phenazopyridine.
Store this medication at room temperature away from moisture and heat.
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