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Phenazopyridine (Generic Pyridium)

What Is Phenazopyridine?

Phenazopyridine is a pain reliever that can be prescribed or bought over the counter. The drug affects the lower urinary tract and is used to treat painful symptoms in the bladder and urethra. This can be used to relieve pain from infections, injuries, or other forms of irritation of the bladder.

Phenazopyridine is not an antibiotic, and should not be treated as such. It’s not used to treat infections, but rather to relieve the pain that may be being caused by an infection.

How Does Phenazopyridine Work?

As Phenazopyridine is not an antibiotic, it doesn’t directly target the problem or cause of the symptoms. Instead, it acts as a local anesthetic, lining the urinary tract and numbing the sensory nerves in that area. When this happens, while your pain will be relieved, you should know that the condition is not being treated – but you are just more numb to the symptoms. Patients may feel less irritation and burning when urinating as a result.

What Is Phenazopyridine Used For?

Patients will typically be prescribed Phenazopyridine if they are experiencing pain, irritation, or burning in their urinary tract. Pain that is caused by urinary tract infections, surgery, injuries, or other conditions can be a difficult symptom, and this drug can help to alleviate the severity of the pain. 

What Are the Side Effects of Phenazopyridine?

The side effects of Phenazopyridine may vary from patient to patient, and may even cause serious or severe symptoms. The common side effects of Phenazopyridine are:

  • Feeling dizzy or lightheaded
  • Experiencing headaches
  • Having an upset stomach
  • Orange or Reddish-Brown Urine

If you experience any of the following side effects, you should stop using Phenazopyridine immediately and get in touch with your doctor:

  • Confusion
  • Fever
  • Loss of appetite
  • Unable to urinate
  • Skin appears blueish in color
  • Swelling or weight gain

If you experience any other form of effects while taking Phenazopyridine, you should be sure to consult your doctor as soon as possible before taking any more medication.

It should be noted that the list of symptoms above is not comprehensive and that other symptoms may appear.

How to Take Phenazopyridine?

If you are prescribed Phenazopyridine, you should make sure to take it as instructed by the doctor. General use for this medication should be taken orally, which will typically done three times per day. 

Phenazopyridine should be taken after each meal, and you should check with your doctor to make sure it’s fine to take with other medications you might be using.

Ensure that you’re only using Phenazopyridine for the duration that your doctor has prescribed or recommended, as taking more might be unnecessary. Generally, if you’re going to self-medicate, you should consult your doctor before usage. 

Your doctor may prescribe you antibiotics to take at the same time as your Phenazopyridine, and you will likely be directed to take these for no more than two days. Your UTI symptoms should clear up within that time unless your symptoms are a result of another condition.

Frequently Asked Questions About Phenazopyridine

What to Avoid While Taking Phenazopyridine?

While taking Phenazopyridine you should avoid the following:

  • Alcohol – Drinking alcohol may increase the risk of side effects like dizziness and stomach upset.
  • Certain medications – Some medications like antacids, or medication that affects the liver or kidneys may interact with Phenazopyridine.
  • Excessive sun exposure – Phenazopyridine can cause increased sensitivity to sunlight.
  • Long-term use – Phenazopyridine is generally prescribed as a short-term relief from your symptoms (around 2 days). Long-term use could stress your kidneys and liver.

The list of things to avoid while taking Phenazopyridine isn’t comprehensive, you should consult with your doctor about any possible risks and interactions before taking Phenazopyridine.

How Long Does It Take for Phenazopyridine to Work?

The exact time it takes for Phenazopyridine to start working can vary from person to person, but in general, Phenazopyridine is known to have a quick effect.

You should start to feel relief from urinary discomfort as quickly as within 20 to 60 minutes after taking the medication.

What Is the Typical Dosage for Phenazopyridine?

The typical dosage for Phenazopyridine is 100 mg to 200 mg taken 2 to 3 times a day after meals. The treatment lasts a maximum of 2 days or as directed by your healthcare provider.

The dosage and treatment length can vary depending on the individual’s medical condition and how they are responding to the treatment. It is important to follow your doctor’s instructions carefully when taking Phenazopyridine.

For How Long Can You Take Phenazopyridine?

Phenazopyridine is intended for short-term use to provide relief of symptoms. The typical treatment duration is two days.

Is Phenazopyridine Only for UTIs?

While Phenazopyridine is mostly used to relieve symptoms associated with urinary tract infections (UTIs) it can also be used for other conditions that cause discomfort or pain in the lower urinary tract.

Is Phenazopyridine the Same as AZO?

Not exactly. Phenazopyridine is the active ingredient in several over-the-counter and prescription medications used to relieve UTI symptoms. Some AZO products do contain Phenazopyridine as the active ingredient some do not. It is important to read the label before taking any medication to ensure that it contains the active ingredient you are looking for.

Will Phenazopyridine Cure My UTI?

No Phenazopyridine does not cure UTIs or any other underlying medical condition causing urinary symptoms. It is only used as a short-term relief of symptoms related to the condition.

Can You Get Phenazopyridine Over-The-Counter (OTC)?

Yes, Phenazopyridine is available as both a prescription and an OTC medication. If you are considering taking Phenazopyridine, it is important to consult your healthcare provider first before taking the medication. Your doctor will be able to determine if this is the best course of treatment for you and provide any other necessary instructions.


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Frequently asked questions

  • Yes, you can get a new prescription or refill an existing one online through DrHouse. You just need to start a consultation with one of our licensed providers and they will be able to assess your needs and provide you with a prescription if necessary.

    Please note that the final decision always rests with the doctor based on their professional judgment and your health needs.

  • There are certain medications that cannot be prescribed online by DrHouse physicians due to safety reasons. These include controlled substances, such as opioids and other narcotics, as well as drugs with a high potential for abuse or dependence. DrHouse physicians also don’t prescribe Gabapentin, medical marijuana, muscle relaxants, and HRT medications.

  • With DrHouse getting a new prescription or a refill for your current Rx is a straightforward and quick process. All you need to do is follow a few easy steps:

    • Download the DrHouse telehealth app on your mobile device.
    • Create an account by providing basic information and medical history.
    • Start an on-demand virtual video consultation with one of our licensed physicians.
    • Discuss your medical needs and concerns with one of our physicians.
    • A doctor will review your medical history, symptoms, and current medications (if any) to determine if an online prescription is appropriate for you.
    • If a physician approves, they will electronically send a new prescription or refill request to the pharmacy of your choice.
    • Pick up your medication from the pharmacy.

    DrHouse makes it easy for you to get an online prescription from the comfort of your own home. No more waiting in line at the doctor’s office or pharmacy, and no need to take time off work to see a doctor. Our telehealth platform allows you to access quality medical care from anywhere with an internet connection.

    For more information about how our telehealth platform works visit our “How DrHouse Works” page.

  • During your virtual consultation with a DrHouse physician, you will have the opportunity to discuss your medical needs and concerns.

    The consultation will consist of a video call where a physician will assess your medical history and ask you questions about your symptoms and any other relevant information. This is to ensure that a physician has all the necessary information to make an informed decision about your prescription.

    You can also ask any questions or clarify any doubts you may have about your condition or medication. Our physicians are happy to address any concerns you may have.

    Once a physician has assessed your needs, they will determine if and what type of prescription is appropriate for you. If a new prescription or refill is approved, a doctor will send it electronically to your chosen pharmacy.

  • With our on-demand telehealth service, you have the opportunity to see the first available doctor in as little as 10 to 15 minutes. However, the exact consult time will depend on the complexity of your case and the thoroughness required by the healthcare provider to make an informed decision.

  • Absolutely, it is safe to get an online prescription from DrHouse. We are committed to ensuring the highest standards of patient safety and privacy.

    All our providers are highly qualified US-based physicians and often affiliated with major hospitals. They are board-certified and from the top U.S. medical schools with an average of 20 years of experience.

    We strictly adhere to HIPAA regulations, ensuring your personal and medical information is kept secure and confidential. Also, we comply with all applicable state and federal laws related to telehealth and the prescribing of medications.

    Therefore, you can rest assured knowing that your safety and privacy are our top priorities when you use DrHouse’s services.

  • DrHouse strives to provide accessible and affordable telehealth services. DrHouse urgent care, primary care, and specialist visits are $129 or your copay. This includes everything from your initial consultation through to the prescription of your medication.

    The cost of a doctor’s visit may be covered fully by your insurance. A typical copay is around $25. We recommend checking with your insurance provider to understand the extent of your coverage for telehealth services.

    To learn more about how much DrHouse costs, visit our pricing page

  • Yes, DrHouse accepts most major insurances, including Blue Cross Blue Shield, Aetna, and Medicare. The extent of coverage may vary depending on your individual plan.

  • Our physicians are able to prescribe up to a 90-day prescription without labs for any previously prescribed medication if it’s medically appropriate and is not classified as a controlled substance.

    DrHouse physicians also don’t prescribe Gabapentin, medical marijuana, muscle relaxants, and HRT medications.

    DrHouse physicians use their medical judgment to determine whether to prescribe and the duration.

    In certain cases, the prescription may be limited to 30 days or less. There also may be a 12-month cap for some prescriptions without labs. For medications requiring annual monitoring (such as blood work or imaging), the maximum prescription limit is 90 days within a year without labs.

    DrHouse physicians can refer patients to labs for longer prescription periods or refills.