Phenazopyridine

Generic Name: Phenazopyridine

  • What is Phenazopyridine?

    Phenazopyridine is a medication used to relieve urinary pain, burning, urgency, frequency, and irritation caused by infection, trauma, catheters, or various surgical procedures in the lower urinary tract.

  • What is the most important information I should know about Phenazopyridine?

    Phenazopyridine produces a reddish-orange color in the urine, and may stain fabric and contact lenses. Do not wear contact lenses while on this medication.

    If your skin or the whites of your eyes develop a yellowish tone, it may indicate that your kidneys are not eliminating the medication as they should. Tell your doctor immediately. If you are elderly, your doctor will monitor you more closely.

    Phenazopyridine should only be used for a short time and can only relieve symptoms; it is not a treatment for the underlying cause of symptoms.

  • Who should not take Phenazopyridine?

    Do not take phenazopyridine if you have kidney disease or if you are sensitive to or have ever had an allergic reaction to the medication.

  • What should I tell my doctor before I take the first dose of Phenazopyridine?

    Tell your doctor about all prescription, over-the-counter, and herbal medications you are taking before beginning treatment with phenazopyridine. Also, talk to your doctor about your complete medical history, especially if you have kidney disease.

  • What is the usual dosage?

    The information below is based on the dosage guidelines your doctor uses. Depending on your condition and medical history, your doctor may prescribe a different regimen. Do not change the dosage or stop taking your medication without your doctor's approval.

    Adults: The usual dose is two 100-milligram (mg) tablets or one 200-mg tablet three times a day after meals.

    You should not take phenazopyridine for more than two days if you are also taking an antibiotic for the treatment of a urinary tract infection.

  • How should I take Phenazopyridine?

    Take phenazopyridine after meals, exactly as prescribed by your doctor.

  • What should I avoid while taking Phenazopyridine?

    Avoid wearing contact lenses while taking phenazopyridine.

  • What are possible food and drug interactions associated with Phenazopyridine?

    No significant interactions have been reported with phenazopyridine at this time. However, always tell your doctor about any medicines you take, including over-the-counter medications, vitamins, and herbal supplements.

  • What are the possible side effects of Phenazopyridine?

    Side effects cannot be anticipated. If any develop or change in intensity, tell your doctor as soon as possible. Only your doctor can determine if it is safe for you to continue taking this drug.

    Side effects may include: headache, itching, rash, upset stomach

    If you experience symptoms of a severe allergic reaction such as shortness of breath, swelling of the face, or wheezing, contact your doctor right away.

  • Can I receive Phenazopyridine if I am pregnant or breastfeeding?

    The effects of phenazopyridine during pregnancy and breastfeeding are unknown. Tell your doctor immediately if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding.

  • What should I do if I miss a dose of Phenazopyridine?

    If you miss a dose of phenazopyridine, take it as soon as you remember. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the one you missed and return to your regular dosing schedule. Do not take two doses at once.

  • How should I store Phenazopyridine?

    Store at room temperature.