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Please describe the medication: phenazopyridine?

Please describe the medication: phenazopyridine?

OTC urinary analgesi: 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 days in a row. ...Read more

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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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What are the uses of the medication pyridium (phenazopyridine)?

What are the uses of the medication pyridium (phenazopyridine)?

Urinary tract.: Pyridium (phenazopyridine) is an agent that helps to soothe the urinary tract. It can help to relieve the burning, pain, and discomfort associated with bladder and urethral inflammation, which can occur in urinary tract infection, painful bladder syndrome, or after surgical procedures. It treats symptoms and should not be used alone if there is a urinary tract infection. ...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?

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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Can an intraocular lens be stained by taking the drug pyridium (phenazopyridine)?

Can an intraocular lens be stained by taking the drug pyridium (phenazopyridine)?

No: Pyridium (phenazopyridine) will be eliminated efficiently by the kidney. It is not secreted into the eye and so it will not affect the intraocular lens. Do not worry. ...Read more

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Will Azo standard (phenazopyridine) help you pass a drug urinalysis?

Here are some. ..: Are you trying to evade the result of urine drug test? Don't do that to taint or spoil the intended goal of testing. Known to you as I assumed, Azo contains phenazopyridine which makes urine discolored like plum-orange juice likely leading to confusion of test which relies on color change of chemstrip... So, always work with professionals diligently and vigilantly. Thank you and best wish. .. ...Read more

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I took pyridium, (phenazopyridine) and afterwards took ciprofloxacin. Will the two drugs combined harm me.?

No: Pyridium is a urinary anesthetic, which simply helps with the burning pain of uti. The Cipro (ciprofloxacin) is an antibiotic - much more important since it treats the cause of the infection, and not just symptoms. ...Read more

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Taking phenazopyridine @ 2/wk for urinary urgency/discomfort. What are the long term effects of this drug? Pamplet says caused neoplasia in lab rats?

Not more than 5 days: Pyridium (phenazopyridine) probably should not be used up for more than 5 days consecutively. You should consider a re-evaluation/re-assessment to r/o a UTI. Pyridium (phenazopyridine) is just a topical anesthetic and will not treat/eliminate any infection. ...Read more

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Phenazopyridine 200mg what is it for?

UTI: It's used for painful urination usually in cases of bladder infection. Sometimes it can be used for bladder spasms that are manifested by painful urination without infection. ...Read more

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Phenazopyridine how long till it works?

Vary...: It's considered a topical soothing agent for urinary mucosa and works as long as the urine is discolored, so about 4-6 hours, but it's unnecessary to use it as long as you feel reasonably comfortable in voiding. ...Read more

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What is effect of pyridium (phenazopyridine)?

What is effect of pyridium (phenazopyridine)?

Colored urine: Pyridium (phenazopyridine) turns your urine orange. The active ingredient acts as a local anesthetic on your bladder surface to reduce burning. ...Read more

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What is phenazopyridine and does it flush your system out?

What is phenazopyridine and does it flush your system out?

Used for UTIs: This drug produces a topical analgesic effect on the urinary mucosa. ...Read more

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What are the consequences of long term use of pyridium (phenazopyridine)?

Pyridium (phenazopyridine): Pyridium (phenazopyridine) is a urinary tract analgesic (numbs the tract). The long term consequences (if you can call it that) is that you are not getting to the underlying diagnosis as to what is causing the problem. Go see your family doctor. ...Read more

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How long do uristat (phenazopyridine) pain relieving pills take to kick in?

How long do uristat (phenazopyridine) pain relieving pills take to kick in?

Variable: Hopefully within an hour or two. However, also hope that u have had a urinalysis + urrine culture if positive for a uti. ...Read more

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What are some side effects of phenazopyridine?

What are some side effects of phenazopyridine?

NOTHING SYSTEMIC: Just very dark urine.
Here's a tip- while on it, do not wear your expensive sexy underwear. If stained, you cna't wash it off! ...Read more

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How long can I take Azo (phenazopyridine) for?

Need antibiotic: Azo is no substitute for an antibiotic, it is an analgesic for the bladder and helps the symptoms only. You have to get on an antibiotic or the infection can spread to your kidney or blood stream. Azo should be used the first 3 days of antibiotic therapy. After that if still have symptoms, the antibiotic might need to be changed. If you have fever, vomiting, mid back pain, go to the ER. ...Read more

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What are the known side effects of phenazopyridine?

Few: This drug is well tolerated. Side effects include headaches, rash & itching, & stomach upset. ...Read more

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