Chemical Name: PHENAZOPYRIDINE (fen-ay-zoe-PIR-i-deen)
Phenazopyridine is a urinary tract analgesic used to relieve pain, burning, and other discomfort caused by infection or irritation of the lower urinary tract. Phenazopyridine may also be used to treat other conditions as determined by your doctor.
INFORM YOUR DOCTOR OR PHARMACIST of all prescription and over-the-counter medicine that you are taking. Inform your doctor of any other medical conditions including an enzyme deficiency called glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase (G-6-PD) deficiency, allergies, pregnancy, or breast-feeding. TELL YOUR DOCTOR IF YOU HAVE A HISTORY OF BLOOD PROBLEMS (eg, hemolysis) or a family history of G-6-PD deficiency. USE OF Phenazopyridine IS NOT RECOMMENDED if you have decreased kidney function. Contact your doctor or pharmacist if you have any questions or concerns about taking Phenazopyridine.
Follow the directions for using Phenazopyridine provided by your doctor. TAKE Phenazopyridine by mouth after meals. STORE Phenazopyridine at room temperature between 68 and 77 degrees F (20 and 25 degrees C), in a tightly-closed container, away from heat and light. Taking Phenazopyridine at the same time each day will help you to remember. IF YOU MISS A DOSE OF Phenazopyridine, take it as soon as possible. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not take 2 doses at once.
DO NOT TAKE Phenazopyridine if you have had an allergic reaction to it or are allergic to any ingredient in this product. If your symptoms do not improve within 2 days or if they become worse, check with your doctor. DO NOT EXCEED THE RECOMMENDED DOSE or use Phenazopyridine for longer than 2 days without checking with your doctor. Phenazopyridine MAY AFFECT CERTAIN LAB TEST RESULTS. Make sure laboratory personnel and your doctors know you use Phenazopyridine. Phenazopyridine MAY CAUSE THE URINE to turn an orange to red color. This is harmless but it may stain fabric. DO NOT WEAR SOFT CONTACT LENSES while taking Phenazopyridine as permanent staining of the lenses may occur. DO NOT USE Phenazopyridine for future urinary tract problems without first checking with your doctor. CAUTION IS ADVISED WHEN USING Phenazopyridine IN THE ELDERLY because they may be more sensitive to the effects of the medicine. FOR WOMEN: IF YOU PLAN ON BECOMING PREGNANT, discuss with your doctor the benefits and risks of using Phenazopyridine during pregnancy. IT IS UNKNOWN IF Phenazopyridine IS EXCRETED in breast milk. IF YOU ARE OR WILL BE BREAST-FEEDING while you are using Phenazopyridine, check with your doctor or pharmacist to discuss the risks to your baby.
Possible side effects
SIDE EFFECTS that may occur while taking Phenazopyridine include headache, mild itching, or stomach cramps or upset. If they continue or are bothersome, check with your doctor. CHECK WITH YOUR DOCTOR AS SOON AS POSSIBLE if you experience loss of appetite, unusual fatigue, or weight loss. CONTACT YOUR DOCTOR IMMEDIATELY if you experience blue or purple skin color, decreased urination, vomiting, or yellowing of the skin or eyes. An allergic reaction to Phenazopyridine is unlikely, but seek immediate medical attention if it occurs. Symptoms of an allergic reaction include rash, itching, swelling, dizziness, or trouble breathing. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor, nurse, or pharmacist.
If you take too much
If overdose is suspected, contact your local poison control center or emergency room immediately. Symptoms of overdose may include bluish-coloring of the skin; vomiting; yellowing of the skin or eyes.
DO NOT SHARE Phenazopyridine with others for whom it was not prescribed. DO NOT USE Phenazopyridine for other health conditions. KEEP Phenazopyridine out of the reach of children.