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Phenazopyridine

Pronunciation

Generic Name: phenazopyridine (fen-AY-zoe-PIR-i-deen)
Brand Name: Examples include Azo-Gesic and Pyridium

Phenazopyridine is used for:

Relieving pain, burning, urgency, frequent urination, and discomfort caused by irritation of the lower urinary tract. It may also be used for other conditions as determined by your doctor.

Phenazopyridine is a urinary tract analgesic. Exactly how phenazopyridine works is not known. It is thought to work by relieving pain on the lining of the urinary tract.

Do NOT use phenazopyridine if:

  • you are allergic to any ingredient in phenazopyridine
  • you have decreased kidney function

Contact your doctor or health care provider right away if any of these apply to you.

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Before using phenazopyridine:

Some medical conditions may interact with phenazopyridine. Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you have any medical conditions, especially if any of the following apply to you:

  • if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or are breast-feeding
  • if you are taking any prescription or nonprescription medicine, herbal preparation, or dietary supplement
  • if you have allergies to medicines, foods, or other substances
  • if you have a history of certain blood problems (eg, hemolysis)
  • if you have an enzyme deficiency called glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase (G-6-PD) deficiency or a family history of this deficiency

Some MEDICINES MAY INTERACT with phenazopyridine. However, no specific interactions with phenazopyridine are known at this time.

Ask your health care provider if phenazopyridine may interact with other medicines that you take. Check with your health care provider before you start, stop, or change the dose of any medicine.

How to use phenazopyridine:

Use phenazopyridine as directed by your doctor. Check the label on the medicine for exact dosing instructions.

  • Take phenazopyridine by mouth after meals.
  • Taking phenazopyridine at the same time(s) each day will help you remember to take it.
  • If you miss a dose of phenazopyridine, take it as soon as possible. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not take 2 doses at once.

Ask your health care provider any questions you may have about how to use phenazopyridine.

Important safety information:

  • Do NOT take more than the recommended dose or use for longer than 2 days without checking with your doctor.
  • Do not use phenazopyridine for future urinary tract problems without first checking with your doctor.
  • Phenazopyridine may change the color of your urine to orange or red. It may also stain fabric. This is normal and not a cause for concern.
  • Do not wear soft contact lenses while taking phenazopyridine; permanent staining of the lenses may occur.
  • Phenazopyridine may interfere with certain lab tests including urinalysis. Be sure your doctor and lab personnel know you are taking phenazopyridine.
  • Use phenazopyridine with caution in the ELDERLY; they may be more sensitive to its effects.
  • PREGNANCY and BREAST-FEEDING: If you become pregnant, contact your doctor. You will need to discuss the benefits and risks of using phenazopyridine while you are pregnant. It is not known if phenazopyridine is found in breast milk. If you are or will be breast-feeding while you use phenazopyridine, check with your doctor. Discuss any possible risks to your baby.

Possible side effects of phenazopyridine:

All medicines may cause side effects, but many people have no, or minor, side effects. No COMMON side effects have been reported with phenazopyridine. Seek medical attention right away if any of these SEVERE side effects occur:

Severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; itching; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue); blue or purple skin color; decreased urination; loss of appetite; unusual fatigue; vomiting; weight loss; yellowing of the skin or eyes.

This is not a complete list of all side effects that may occur. If you have questions about side effects, contact your health care provider. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. To report side effects to the appropriate agency, please read the Guide to Reporting Problems to FDA.

If OVERDOSE is suspected:

Contact 1-800-222-1222 (the American Association of Poison Control Centers), your local poison control center, or emergency room immediately. Symptoms may include bluish coloring of the skin; vomiting; yellowing of the skin or eyes.

Proper storage of phenazopyridine:

Store phenazopyridine at room temperature, between 68 and 77 degrees F (20 and 25 degrees C), in a tightly closed container. Store away from heat, moisture, and light. Do not store in the bathroom. Keep phenazopyridine out of the reach of children and away from pets.

General information:

  • If you have any questions about phenazopyridine, please talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
  • Phenazopyridine is to be used only by the patient for whom it is prescribed. Do not share it with other people.
  • If your symptoms do not improve or if they become worse, check with your doctor.
  • Check with your pharmacist about how to dispose of unused medicine.

This information should not be used to decide whether or not to take phenazopyridine or any other medicine. Only your health care provider has the knowledge and training to decide which medicines are right for you. This information does not endorse any medicine as safe, effective, or approved for treating any patient or health condition. This is only a brief summary of general information about phenazopyridine. It does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to phenazopyridine. This information is not specific medical advice and does not replace information you receive from your health care provider. You must talk with your healthcare provider for complete information about the risks and benefits of using phenazopyridine.

Issue Date: December 3, 2014
Database Edition 14.4.1.003
Copyright © 2014 Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc.

Disclaimer: This information should not be used to decide whether or not to take this medicine or any other medicine. Only your health care provider has the knowledge and training to decide which medicines are right for you. This information does not endorse any medicine as safe, effective, or approved for treating any patient or health condition. This is only a brief summary of general information about this medicine. It does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to this medicine. This information is not specific medical advice and does not replace information you receive from your health care provider. You must talk with your healthcare provider for complete information about the risks and benefits of using this medicine.

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