Methenamine Side Effects
For the Consumer
Applies to methenamine: oral suspension, oral tablet, oral tablet enteric coated
Along with its needed effects, methenamine may cause some unwanted effects. Although not all of these side effects may occur, if they do occur they may need medical attention.
Check with your doctor immediately if any of the following side effects occur while taking methenamine:
- Blood in urine
- lower back pain
- pain or burning while urinating
Some side effects of methenamine may occur that usually do not need medical attention. These side effects may go away during treatment as your body adjusts to the medicine. Also, your health care professional may be able to tell you about ways to prevent or reduce some of these side effects. Check with your health care professional if any of the following side effects continue or are bothersome or if you have any questions about them:
For Healthcare Professionals
Applies to methenamine: compounding powder, oral suspension, oral tablet
This drug was generally well tolerated. Minor side effects have been reported in less than 3.5% of patients and were reversible when the drug was stopped.[Ref]
Uncommon (0.1% to 1%): Rash, pruritus
Frequency not reported: Generalized skin rash[Ref]
Uncommon (0.1% to 1%): Gastric irritation
Uncommon (0.1% to 1%): Bladder irritation
Frequency not reported: Elevated AST, elevated ALT[Ref]
Frequency not reported: Hypersensitivity reactions[Ref]
Frequency not reported: Anorexia
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Always consult your healthcare provider to ensure the information displayed on this page applies to your personal circumstances.
Some side effects may not be reported. You may report them to the FDA.
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