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Phenazopyridine

Drug Class: Commonly Known As: Category:
Analgesic Uropyrine

Phenazopyridine - What is it for

​Phenazopyridine helps to numb the urinary tract and relieves burning symptoms, irritation and pain caused by urinary tract infections. This medication is not an antibiotic and it is usually given for a short period of time.

Phenazopyridine - Side Effects, Precautions, and Contraindications

What side effects can Phenazopyridine cause?

  • ​Headache
  • Dizziness
  • Stomach cramps
  • Reddish-orange discolouration of the urine
  • May stain contact lenses if they are handled after touching the medication directly

Consult your healthcare professional immediately if you have dark urine or light coloured stools, nausea, vomiting, loss of appetite, stomach pain, yellowing of your eyes or skin.

The symptoms of a drug allergy include one or more of the following:

  • Swollen face/eyes/lips/tongue
  • Difficulty in breathing
  • Itchy skin rashes over your whole body

If you experience any of these symptoms, you should stop your medication and see your healthcare professional immediately.

Before taking Phenazopyridine, what precautions must I follow?

​Inform your healthcare professional if:

  • You are allergic to this medication or any of the other ingredients of this medication
  • You are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or breastfeeding
  • You have G6PD deficiency
  • You have kidney problems

What food or medicine must I avoid when I take Phenazopyridine?

​Inform your healthcare professional if you are taking or intend to take any other medication, supplements, traditional medications or herbal remedies.

Phenazopyridine - Dosage and How to Use

How should Phenazopyridine be used?

  • ​It is usually taken three times a day
  • This medicine should be taken after food
  • You may stop taking this medication when the pain and discomfort have completely disappeared

What should I do if I miss a dose?

​If you forget to take a dose, take it as soon as you remember. Then take your next dose at the usual time. Do not take two doses to make up for the missed dose.

What should I do if I overdose?

Phenazopyridine - Handling

How should I handle Phenazopyridine safely?

Phenazopyridine - Storage

How should I store Phenazopyridine?

Keep away from children;#Keep in a cool, dry place, away from direct sunlight;#

How should I dispose of Phenazopyridine safely?

Pack this medication into a black trash bag and seal it tightly before throwing into the rubbish chute or bin.

Phenazopyridine - Additional Information

  • Updated on Monday, September 30, 2019
  • Article contributed by PSS National Medication Information Workgroup

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