Urinary Pain Relief

Urinary Pain Relief
Urinary Pain Relief
Urinary Pain Relief is a drug that helps alleviate discomfort and pain associated with urinary tract infections and other urinary conditions. It provides relief by reducing inflammation and numbing the affected area.
Active Ingredient: Phenazopyridine
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Side Effects

Headache, dizziness, or stomach upset may occur. If any of these effects last or get worse, notify your doctor or pharmacist promptly.

If your doctor has directed you to use this medication, remember that your doctor has judged that the benefit to you is greater than the risk of side effects. Many people using this medication do not have serious side effects.

Tell your doctor right away if you have any serious side effects, including: yellowing skin/eyes, dark urine, signs of kidney problems (such as change in the amount of urine, bloody urine), stomach/abdominal pain, vomiting, fever, chills, easy bruising/bleeding, unusual tiredness, shortness of breath, fast heartbeat, seizures.

A very serious allergic reaction to this drug is rare. However, get medical help right away if you notice any symptoms of a serious allergic reaction, including: rash, itching/swelling (especially of the face/tongue/throat), severe dizziness, trouble breathing.

This is not a complete list of possible side effects. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.

In the US – Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088 or at www.fda.gov/medwatch.

In Canada – Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to Health Canada at 1-866-234-2345.

How long does it take for this medicine to take effect?

The onset of action for phenazopyridine, the primary component in many Urinary Pain Relief medications, is typically observed within the first 20 to 30 minutes following oral administration. This rapid onset is due to its direct topical analgesic effect on the mucosa of the urinary tract, which does not rely on systemic absorption to exert its effect.

How long do the effects of this medicine last?

The therapeutic effects of phenazopyridine are generally sustained for a period of 4 to 6 hours post-administration. The duration is contingent upon the drug's metabolic rate and renal excretion, with the active metabolites being excreted primarily through the kidneys.

Is it safe to consume alcohol while taking this medicine?

There is limited specific research on the interaction between alcohol and phenazopyridine. However, considering the metabolism of this medication occurs in the liver and kidneys, and alcohol can also affect these organs, caution is advised. Consuming alcohol while taking this medication could potentially exacerbate side effects or affect the drug's efficacy.

Is this a habit forming medicine?

Phenazopyridine is not classified as a narcotic or controlled substance, and it does not possess addictive properties. Hence, it is not considered to be habit-forming. However, it is important to use this medication as directed by a healthcare provider and not exceed the recommended dosage or duration of treatment.

Can this medicine be taken during pregnancy?

The safety of phenazopyridine during pregnancy has not been fully established. Animal studies are insufficient to determine potential risks, and there is a lack of well-controlled studies in pregnant women. Therefore, this medication should only be used during pregnancy if clearly needed and after a risk/benefit analysis by the prescribing healthcare provider.

Can this medicine be taken while breast-feeding?

Phenazopyridine is excreted in breast milk. Due to the potential for adverse reactions in nursing infants from phenazopyridine, a decision should be made whether to discontinue the drug or to discontinue nursing, taking into account the importance of the drug to the mother. The lack of extensive research in this area necessitates caution and consultation with a healthcare professional.

Uses

This medication is used to relieve symptoms caused by irritation of the urinary tract such as pain, burning, and the feeling of needing to urinate urgently or often. This drug does not treat the cause of the urinary irritation, but it can help relieve the symptoms while other treatments take effect. Phenazopyridine is a dye that works as a painkiller to soothe the lining of the urinary tract.

How to use Urinary Pain Relief

Take this medication by mouth after meals, usually 3 times daily or as directed by your doctor. If you are taking this medication along with antibiotics for symptoms related to a urinary tract infection, or are self-treating, do not take it for more than 2 days without talking to your doctor.

The dosage is based on your medical condition and response to treatment.

Tell your doctor if your condition lasts or gets worse.

Precautions

Before taking phenazopyridine, tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are allergic to it; or if you have any other allergies. This product may contain inactive ingredients, which can cause allergic reactions or other problems. Talk to your pharmacist for more details.

Before using this medication, tell your doctor or pharmacist your medical history, especially of: kidney disease, liver disease, blood disorders (such as G6PD deficiency, hemolytic anemia).

This drug may make you dizzy. Alcohol or marijuana (cannabis) can make you more dizzy. Do not drive, use machinery, or do anything that needs alertness until you can do it safely. Limit alcoholic beverages. Talk to your doctor if you are using marijuana (cannabis).

Before having surgery, tell your doctor or dentist about all the products you use (including prescription drugs, nonprescription drugs, and herbal products).

Phenazopyridine can dye your urine and tears orange-red. This may stain clothing and contact lenses. Do not wear contact lenses while using this medication. Urine and tears will return to normal color after the medication is stopped.

Tell your doctor if you are pregnant before using this medication.

It is unknown if this drug passes into breast milk. Consult your doctor before breast-feeding.

Overdose

If someone has overdosed and has serious symptoms such as passing out or trouble breathing, call 911. Otherwise, call a poison control center right away. US residents can call their local poison control center at 1-800-222-1222. Canada residents can call a provincial poison control center. Symptoms of overdose may include unusual tiredness, skin color changes, change in the amount of urine, shortness of breath, fast heartbeat, yellowing skin/eyes, easy bleeding/bruising, or seizures.

Do not share this medication with others.

This medication has been prescribed for your current condition only. Do not take it later for another pain-related condition of the urinary tract unless told to do so by your doctor. A different medication may be necessary in those cases.

If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you remember. If it is near the time of the next dose, skip the missed dose. Take your next dose at the regular time. Do not double the dose to catch up.

Store at room temperature away from light and moisture. Do not store in the bathroom. Keep all medications away from children and pets.

Do not flush medications down the toilet or pour them into a drain unless instructed to do so. Properly discard this product when it is expired or no longer needed. Consult your pharmacist or local waste disposal company.

Interactions

Drug interactions may change how your medications work or increase your risk for serious side effects. This document does not contain all possible drug interactions. Keep a list of all the products you use (including prescription/nonprescription drugs and herbal products) and share it with your doctor and pharmacist. Do not start, stop, or change the dosage of any medicines without your doctor's approval.

This medication may interfere with certain lab tests (such as urine tests for kidney function, bilirubin, and sugar levels), possibly causing false test results. Make sure lab personnel and all your doctors know you use this drug.

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