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Can I get tested for a UTI if I took phenazopyridine hydrochloride? Phenaz

Can I get tested for a UTI if I took phenazopyridine hydrochloride? Phenaz

Yes: This medication can interfere with some testing but not with culture and microscopic exam. If you have concerns, get checked. ...Read more

Dr. Debra Rosenblatt
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Phenazopyridine (Definition)

Phenazopyridine is a mild urinary tract numbing agent, available without a prescription. Sold as pyridium, azo, uristat (phenazopyridine) and others, this drug can calm the sting from bladder infections and may help decrease urinary frequency and urgency. Note that it changes the color of the urine to a darker orange. It does not cure infections. It is not supposed to be taken for more than a few ...Read more


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I've just been released from the er. Diagnosis severe UTI. I was given 2 tablets of pyridium (phenazopyridine). How long until I get some relief?

I've just been released from the er. Diagnosis severe UTI. I was given 2 tablets of pyridium (phenazopyridine). How long until I get some relief?

Depend...: Pyridium (phenazopyridine) is just a topical soothing agent, not an antibiotics, for the lining of bladder and urethra, which should exert its effectiveness right away but at unpredictable variable degree depending on the severity of infection and inflammation as well as personal tolerance. So, it is not for UTI, but as complementary agent to ease its related symptoms. ...Read more

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UTI with Cipro (ciprofloxacin) POS LEU and NEG NIT. Keep taking Cipro (ciprofloxacin) or go get a culture done? I am taking Phenazopyridine otc for pain.

UTI with Cipro (ciprofloxacin) POS LEU and NEG NIT. Keep taking Cipro (ciprofloxacin) or go get a culture done? I am taking Phenazopyridine otc for pain.

UTI: If you have started cipro (ciprofloxacin) then continue and complete the course. Once on cipro (ciprofloxacin) yield of cultures is low. Most uncomplicated UTI in young women don't need cipro (ciprofloxacin) and other narrow spectrum abx may be a better choice assuming no drug allergies. And cultures may not needed as long as uncomplicated with symptoms and a Positive UA ...Read more

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I cant get rid of my uti. I get them very frequently and im taking cranberry vitamins and uristat (phenazopyridine) tablets. But now my thighs are covered in a rash?

I cant get rid of my uti. I get them very frequently and im taking cranberry vitamins and uristat (phenazopyridine) tablets. But now my thighs are covered in a rash?

Rash likely allergic: You do not say how you diagnose UTI. Bladder and urinary discomfort come from any inflammation of the urinary tract both infective and non-infective causes. You should be evaluated by a urologist if you are having frequent urinary tract discomfort. As to the rash, it can also be allergic or infective in origin and should be seen by your primary MD and he may want to refer you to a dermatologist. ...Read more

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Can uristat (phenazopyridine) cure a uti?

Can uristat (phenazopyridine) cure a uti?

No: This medication is used to relieve symptoms caused by irritation of the urinary tract such as pain, burning, and the feeling of needing to urinate urgently or frequently. This drug does not treat the cause of the urinary irritation. Need to see physician for proper examination, testing and treatment of urinary tract infection. ...Read more

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Which of these three works better for utis: azo, cranberry tablets, or uristat (phenazopyridine)?

Which of these three works better for utis: azo, cranberry tablets, or uristat (phenazopyridine)?

Azo/Uristat 4 sympts: Azo & uristat (phenazopyridine) contain Phenazopyridine & relieve symptoms of urinary tract burning, pain & discomfort. Cranberry juice, gelcaps & tablets are a preventative against future utis by interfering with bacterial adherence to urinary tract lining (bladder & urethra). You need antibiotics to actually treat & cure a uti. ...Read more

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I have a uti. I have a doctors appt. In the morning. I have taken 2 pyridium (phenazopyridine) but the pain is still really bad. What can I take to help?

I have a uti. I have a doctors appt. In the morning. I have taken 2 pyridium (phenazopyridine) but the pain is still really bad. What can I take to help?

Clinic: If the pain is severe, it may not be simply a UTI but rather a kidney stone. If the Pyridium (phenazopyridine) is not working, try ibuprofen. If that still doesn't help and it can't wait until the morning when you see your doctor, you may want to go to an urgent care or walk-in clinic in your area for evaluation and possible narcotic pain medication. ...Read more

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Had symptoms of a UTI and took uristat, (phenazopyridine) went to the doctor they prescribed me a medication based off of symtoms. Bad reaction to the meds what do I do?

Stop meds: Then wait to see if your symptoms return. Suggest that you get a ua and a culture to see if it really is a UTI and then they can select the correct medication. Do not take that med again and make sure other doctors know what type of reaction you had. It is possible you had enough medications to clear it. ...Read more

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Does uristat (phenazopyridine) clear up uti's?

Does uristat (phenazopyridine) clear up uti's?

No it does not: Uristat (phenazopyridine) relieves bladder and urethral symptoms of burning &/or pain. Does nothing to clear up a uti. You need antibiotics to kill the bacteria which cause utis. Best to consult your dr. Or nurse practioner. ...Read more

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I have been taking uristat (phenazopyridine) and I stopped about 9 hours ago. I don't have anymore symptoms of a uti, could it have been something else what's going on?

I have been taking uristat (phenazopyridine) and I stopped about 9 hours ago. I don't have anymore symptoms of a uti, could it have been something else what's going on?

Not advisable: To take uristat (phenazopyridine) to suppress symptoms of UTI without knowing if u have a uti. So u might have had or still have a uti. We don't know what is going on. Utis should be treated with antibiotics. Uristat (phenazopyridine) can be used in addition to antibiotics to control symptoms of burning. My advice is to wait until orange color has gone ; get a urinalysis. U will then know whether u have a UTI ; treat accordingly. ...Read more

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Will Keflex be effective in treating a UTI? Can I take that along with Pyridium (phenazopyridine)? I am suffering from a UTI and have a full perscription of both meds.

UTI treatment: Keflex may successfully treat a urinary tract infection (UTI)but it is not usually the first choice antibiotic for this condition. The bacteria causing a UTI may or may not be susceptible to Keflex. Best to talk to your doctor before taking this on your own. ...Read more

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I took a uristat (phenazopyridine), will that effect a urine test for a UTI?

Pyridine: Phenazopyridine will treat the burning pain of urinary tract infection, but does not treat the actual infection, and should not influence the results of urinalysis or culture. Take any antibiotic that your doctor prescribes to treat your infection. ...Read more

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I have a uti and im taking nitrofurantoin and phenazopyridine. Is it normal for me to feel nauseous?

I have a uti and im taking nitrofurantoin and phenazopyridine. Is it normal for me to feel nauseous?

Yes, it can occur: Nausea and vomiting are common side effects of nitrofurantoin. Phenazopyridine can turn your urine orange/brown colored.

If you experience fever or your condition does not improved, please contact your local physician. ...Read more

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I was prescribed to phenazopyridine 200 mg and sulfamethoxazole-tmp ds for uti. I got really hot and sick today, can I atleast stop taking the first?

Yes: The Phenazopyridine treats the discomfort of the uti. However, it is more likely that you are allergic to the antibiotic. Contact your doctor's office before they close for the weekend and try to get a different antibiotic. ...Read more

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I am on CiproBay and Pyridium (phenazopyridine) for a UTI, is it possible to drink alcohol whilst on these antibiotics?

I am on CiproBay and Pyridium (phenazopyridine) for a UTI, is it possible to drink alcohol whilst on these antibiotics?

Yes, in moderation: Alcohol will not interfere with ciprofloxacin (CiproBay) or phenazopyridine (Pyridium) and will not increase side effects. Don't drink to excess; heavy alcohol interferes with immune system fighting infection. FYI, phenazopyridine isn't an antibiotic, but a urinary anesthetic that helps reduce symptoms; OK to stop when painful urination and urgency gone, usually 1-2 days. But take all the cipro. ...Read more

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If phenazopyridine takes away my frequent urination, urge to go, and helps more urine come out, does that mean I have a uti?

No.: Urinary frequency, burning and urgency are the hallmarks of a simple urinary tract infection. This can be confirmed with a urinalysis and with a culture if necessary. Response to phenazopyridine is not how we diagnosis UTI. ...Read more

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I started taking cipro (ciprofloxacin) and phenazopyridine last night for a uti. Later that night into this morning I am very nauseous. Is this normal?

I started taking cipro (ciprofloxacin) and phenazopyridine last night for a uti. Later that night into this morning I am very nauseous. Is this normal?

UTI: You could get some upset stomach from the medicines given. Some patients get nausea from the UTI itself. Take the meds with food and you could try something to settle your stomach from the store for today but call your doctor if the stomach problem continues another day or so. ...Read more

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I've had a full blown UTI for over a week and have been taking Azo standard (phenazopyridine) and cb juice w/no relief. I can't afford a provider. Suggestions?

I've had a full blown UTI for over a week and have been taking Azo standard (phenazopyridine) and cb juice w/no relief. I can't afford a provider. Suggestions?

Several alternatives: 1. Borrow money from a friend or relative
2. Visit an emergency room where you will be seen whether or not you can pay
3. Without knowing your financial situation, can you promise to do a chore for someone in return for enough funds to see a doctor?
4. Sell a possession which is less important than your health.
Cranberry juice will not do the trick and you may be endangering your life. Good luck. ...Read more

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How do I know if I have a uti, I've been going to the bathroom every 2/4 hours no pain just gassy. Help I'm taking uristat (phenazopyridine) but think I need antibiotic?

Here are some...: Ideally, go to be checked so to assure if having UTI, bladder emptying & holding ability, no over fluid consumption, no kidney failure, etc by reviewing history stressing specifics & relevance of symptoms + physical exam + testing urine at least. How? Follow instructions in formefirst. Com/eNewsletter06.html. If impossible, self test with chemstrip to test nitrite and leukocyte esterase of urine... ...Read more

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Wrong dx? Having UTI sx, urgent care tried u/a, but pyridium (phenazopyridine) caused test inconclusive. Culture shown neg for uti.3 blown lumbar discs. Neurogenic?

Wrong dx? Having UTI sx, urgent care tried u/a, but pyridium (phenazopyridine) caused test inconclusive. Culture shown neg for uti.3 blown lumbar discs. Neurogenic?

See a urologist: It is possible that you have a neurologic issues affecting your bladder function as a result of the herniated discs. You need to see a urologist so that the appropriate tets may be done. These tests may include further urine tetsing as well as a sonogram of the kidneys and bladder. Ultimately, you may need urodynamics testing to determine your bladder function. This may also help direct therapy. ...Read more

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I recently had a yeast infection & uti. I've been taking Azo yeast and uristat (phenazopyridine). I've had these for a couple days now. Is there anything else I can do?

I recently had a yeast infection & uti. I've been taking Azo yeast and uristat (phenazopyridine). I've had these for a couple days now. Is there anything else I can do?

Antibiotic: You don't mention an antibiotic. Most utis require an antibiotic to be adequately treated. In some cases, drinking a lot of water and taking cranberry extract can clear an infection. Uristat (phenazopyridine) just covers up the symptoms temporarily. ...Read more

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Can I take uristat (phenazopyridine) while 15 weeks pregnant. I have a uti and my doctor hasn't gotten back to me.

Can I take uristat (phenazopyridine) while 15 weeks pregnant. I have a uti and my doctor hasn't gotten back to me.

It should be ok: It is safety category B, means most doctors would say it's ok. May be take one pill only instead of two that come in the packet. Still try to verify with your doctor. ...Read more

Dr. Julie Abbott
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Urinary Tract Infection (Definition)

A urinary tract infection, also known as an UTI, may involve the kidney, ureter, bladder, or urethra. A common cause is an intestinal bacteria, E. coli. Common symptoms include a frequent urge to urinate, and pain or burning when urinating. Antibiotics are typically ...Read more


Dr. James Lin
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Urinary Tract Infections (Definition)

A urinary tract infection (often called UTI) is most commonly caused by bacteria and usually refers to an infection in the bladder. Not all bacteria that grows from the urine represents an infection, so the need for antibiotics is determined by your ...Read more