Information about Pyridium
Pyridium is a medication which is commonly used to relieve pain that affects the lower part of the urinary tract such as the urethra and bladder. It can be used very efficiently for the treatment of burning sensations, pain, increased urge to urinate and increased urination.
All the aforementioned symptoms usually get triggered by surgeries, injuries, infections, catheter or some other condition that may affect the lower urinary tract and irritate it by doing so. Pyridium does indeed come in very handy when it comes to helping with the treatment of the particular infection but it cannot heal the infection itself.
The infection needs to be taken care of by using antibiotic medicaments prescribed by a doctor. Those who are allergic to Phenazopyridine and those who suffer from kidney disease should definitely avoid Pyridium. Pyridium may treat the symptoms that accompany the infection of the urinary tract but it cannot treat the infection itself. It needs to be taken with food, otherwise it may cause stomach upset.Pyridum may also cause the color of urine to become darker and be more in range of red and orange colors.
It is a normal occurrence and it should not be the cause of any worries unless it gets accompanied by stomach pain, pale skin, nausea, yellowed skin, fever and vomiting. The stains on the underwear caused by darker urine may sometimes be permanent. Those who wear soft contact lenses should also avoid using Pyridium because it may cause permanent stains on them as well. Pyridium should not be used continuously for more than two days.
Those who experience increased thirst, confusion, pale skin, yellowing of the eyes, fever, yellowing of the skin, decreased urination and swelling should stop taking Pyridium and seek immediate medical attention. People who suffer from glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase deficiency, diabetes or liver disease should also avoid the use of Pyridium.
Sometimes a doctor may allow them to use Pyridium only after special tests and slight dosage adjustments. Pyridium is safe for pregnant women and those who have plans of becoming pregnant but it is not recommended for breastfeeding women as it is largely unknown if it can pass into breast milk and cause any harm to the nursing baby.
Side Effects of Pyridium
All medications can cause certain side effects in some patients and that does not exclude Pyridium. It basically does not have any common side effects but certain severe side effects may occur in rare cases and if they do, immediate medical attention must be sought.
These side effects include headaches, pruritis, occasional upset, urine discoloration, rash, skin discoloration, hices, skin or eyes yellowing, chest pressure, swelling, loss of appetite, vomiting, fatigue, decreased urination, and weight loss.