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Generic Name: Phenazopyridine (fen-AZZ-oh-PIH-rih-deen)
Brand Name: Examples include Azo-Gesic and Pyridium

Pyridium is used for:

Relieving pain, burning, urgency, frequent urination, and other discomforts caused by irritation of the lower urinary tract. It may also be used to treat other conditions as determined by your doctor.

Pyridium is a urinary tract analgesic. It produces a local pain-relieving action on the inner lining of the urinary tract; however, it does not treat the cause of the symptoms.

Do NOT use Pyridium if:

  • you are allergic to any ingredient in Pyridium
  • you have kidney problems

Contact your doctor or health care provider right away if any of these apply to you.

Before using Pyridium :

Some medical conditions may interact with Pyridium . Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you have any medical conditions, especially if any of the following apply to you:

  • if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or are breast-feeding
  • if you are taking any prescription or nonprescription medicine, herbal preparation, or dietary supplement
  • if you have allergies to medicines, foods, or other substances

Some MEDICINES MAY INTERACT with Pyridium . However, no specific interactions with Pyridium are known at this time.

This may not be a complete list of all interactions that may occur. Ask your health care provider if Pyridium may interact with other medicines that you take. Check with your health care provider before you start, stop, or change the dose of any medicine.

How to use Pyridium :

Use Pyridium as directed by your doctor. Check the label on the medicine for exact dosing instructions.

  • Take this medicine with food or milk or after meals.
  • If you miss a dose of Pyridium , 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.

Ask your health care provider any questions you may have about how to use Pyridium .

Important safety information:

  • If Pyridium is taken with an antibacterial medicine to treat a urinary tract infection, do not take Pyridium for more than 2 days.
  • Do not use Pyridium for future urinary tract problems without first checking with your doctor.
  • Pyridium may produce an orange to red color in urine and may stain bedding or undergarments. This effect is harmless.
  • Before you have any medical tests, tell the doctor that you are taking Pyridium .
  • Do not wear soft contact lenses while taking Pyridium as permanent staining of the lenses may occur.
  • PREGNANCY AND BREAST-FEEDING: If you plan on becoming pregnant, discuss with your doctor the benefits and risks of using Pyridium during pregnancy. It is unknown if Pyridium is excreted in breast milk. If you are or will be breast-feeding, check with your doctor to discuss the benefits and risks to your baby.

Possible side effects of Pyridium :

All medicines may cause side effects, but many people have no, or minor, side effects. Check with your doctor if any of these most COMMON side effects persist or become bothersome:

Cramps; headache; itching; stomach upset.

Seek medical attention right away if any of these SEVERE side effects occur:

Severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue); blue or purple skin color; sudden decrease in the amount of urine; unusual fatigue; yellowing of the skin or eyes.

This is not a complete list of all side effects that may occur. If you have questions or need medical advice about side effects, contact your doctor or health care provider. You may report side effects to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088 (1-800-332-1088) or at

If OVERDOSE is suspected:

Contact 1-800-222-1222 (the American Association of Poison Control Centers), your local poison control center (, or emergency room immediately. Symptoms may include bluish-coloring of the skin; easy bruising; yellowing of the skin or eyes.

Proper storage of Pyridium :

Store Pyridium at room temperature (59 to 86 degrees F; 15 to 30 degrees C) in a tightly closed container, away from heat, moisture, and light. Do not store in the bathroom. Keep Pyridium out of the reach of children and away from pets.

General information:

  • If you have any questions about Pyridium , please talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
  • Pyridium is to be used only by the patient for whom it is prescribed. Do not share it with other people.
  • If your symptoms do not improve or if they become worse, check with your doctor.

This information is a summary only. It does not contain all information about Pyridium . If you have questions about the medicine you are taking or would like more information, check with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.

Issue Date: November 1, 2006
Database Edition
Copyright © 2006 Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc.

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