Pyridium
DESCRIPTION

Pyridium is an oral drug that is basically used to relieve pain occurred in the bladder and urethra which belong to the lower section of the urinary tract. This medication may also be used to treat increased urination or increased necessity to urinate, injuries, burning etc.

How It Works

Pyridium actually helps relieve the pain of the symptoms caused by other medical conditions such as infections or irritation in the urinary tract. Therefore, while taking this drug, you will have to take other necessary antibiotics prescribed by your doctor to treat the actual cause of the infection. Phenazopyridine is an ingredient of Pyridium that works as a painkiller to heal the lining of the urinary tract.

Dosage

The normal dosage given to an adult is 200mg three times per day. This should be taken orally after meals. However, you have to strictly follow the recommendation of your medical consultant as the dose may differ depending your health condition.

In case if you forget to take a dose, when you notice it, take the missed dose right away. However, when you notice it, if you are too late or if it’s almost time for the next dose, you should skip the missed one and follow the regular timing. Under any circumstances, do not exceed the given dose unless it is recommended by a doctor.

Precautions

Taking precautions before doing something is always a positive way of being safer. Especially when you are taking a medicine, you should make sure that you are not going to fall into more trouble as a result of the drug you take. Therefore following are some important points that you should pay attention.

Here are some of the conditions which you should inform your doctor before start using this drug. If you are a kidney patient or if you are having any allergies to phenazopyridine, you should seek proper medical advise. If you have any symptoms such as yellowish skin, high fever, abdominal pain, continuous vomiting, darkened urine, etc. you should stop taking the drug and immediately contact your doctor. Always try to take the medicine with food as it will help avoid stomach upset. However, do not continue using Pyridium for more than two days unless recommended by a doctor.

Side Effects

As any medication may create side effects, the patients should be well aware of the possible outcomes of the drugs they take and what are the necessary steps that should be taken depending on the side effect that they experience. There are minor and serious side effects. Depending on the nature of the effect, you can decide whether to manage them on your own or seek medical care. If you notice any of the serious effects immediately stop taking the drug.

Mild Side Effects

Headache
Itchy
Dizziness
Drowsiness
Abdominal Pain
Upset Stomach

Serious Side Effects

Any allergic symptoms such as breathing difficulties face lips, tongue or lips swelling and hives.
Changes of skin color
High fever
Weakness or unconsciousness
Adverse drowsiness
Mood changes
Unusually increased thirst
Abnormal weight gain
Losing appetite
Continuous nausea and vomiting

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