Pyridium (Phenazopyridine HCL)
What is Pyridium (Phenazopyridine HCL) used for?
Pyridium (Phenazopyridine HCL) is an oral medication prescribed to treat the symptoms of urinary tract irritation such as burning, pain, or the urgent need to urinate frequently. The medication operates by relieving pain in the lower area of the urinary tract. Your doctor may prescribe this medication on it own or along with other medications to get the best results. Your doctor may also recommend its use for the treatment of other unlisted conditions.
How should I use Pyridium (Phenazopyridine HCL)?
Pyridium (Phenazopyridine HCL) should always be used according to your doctor`s instructions to get the safest and most effective results from treatment. The typical dosage is one tablet taken three times each day, but your individual instructions will be based on your age, weight, health condition, and the severity of your symptoms. These should be swallowed with a large glass of water and may be taken with or without food, but a snack or meal is recommended before use if you experience nausea. Never change the form of the tablets by splitting or crushing the tablets prior to use as this may destroy or alter the effects of their contents. Ask your pharmacist or doctor any questions you have about the medicine to ensure the correct usage.
What are the side effects of Pyridium (Phenazopyridine HCL)?
Pyridium (Phenazopyridine HCL) may cause side effects in some patients such as:
Serious side effects that may require emergency medical attention include fever, flu symptoms, confusion, discoloured skin, unusual weight gain, swelling, urinary retention, vomiting, or jaundice. Inform your doctor immediately if you experience any intense or worrying symptoms to make sure the correct adjustments are made to your dosage or application frequency to prevent further health complications from occurring.
Pyridium (Phenazopyridine HCL) should not be used by patients who are allergic to phenazopyridine or who have had a bad reaction to similar treatments in the past. Also inform your doctor if you have diabetes, a G6PD deficiency, or liver disease as these conditions may cause unexpected complications requiring special adjustments to your treatment.
Strictly use Pyridium (Phenazopyridine HCL) as prescribed and follow all instructions provided by your doctor. Safe, suitable, and optimum dosage can vary and is dependent on the patient`s health and medical history, as well as the condition you are treating.
Pyridium (Phenazopyridine HCL) may not be safe or suitable for all patients. Always ensure your doctor is informed if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, using any other type of medication (including non-prescription medicine, vitamins, and supplements), as well as if you have any allergies, other illnesses, or pre-existing medication conditions.
Seek immediate medical attention or proceed to your nearest accident and emergency department if you suffer a hypersensitive or allergic reaction. Symptoms usually present during a reaction of this nature include difficulty breathing or swallowing, swelling of the limbs or face, tight chest, hives, and skin rashes.