What is Phenazopyridine?

Category: Prescription Drugs

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This medication comes as a tablet you take for relief of urinary tract pain, burning, irritation, and discomfort, as well as urgent and frequent urination caused by urinary tract infections, surgery, injury, or examination procedures. It is not an antibiotic; it does not cure infections.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Urinary tract infection 26 12
Interstitial cystitis 16 8
Bladder problems 15 5
UTI symptoms 6 1
Bladder pain 2 0
Bladder spasms 2 3

Show all 23 reasons taken


  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations
Severe 0
Moderate 4
Mild 9
None 14

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Phenazopyridine

Side effect Patients
Urine orange color 6
Nausea if taken on empty stomach 2
Dizziness and feeling faint 1
Headaches 1
Stomach pain 1
Upset stomach 1

Show all 8 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Phenazopyridine

Dosage Patients
200 mg three times daily 3
100mg as needed 3
95mg as needed 3
200 mg daily 1
99.5mg as needed 1

Why patients stopped taking Phenazopyridine

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Course of treatment ended 27
Other 7
Did not seem to work 2
Doctor's advice 2
Side effects too severe 2
Personal research 1
See all 38 patients who've stopped taking Phenazopyridine

Duration

Currently taking Phenazopyridine

Duration Patients
1 - 6 months 1
6 months - 1 year 2
1 - 2 years 1
2 - 5 years 2
5 - 10 years 4
10 years or more 1

Stopped taking Phenazopyridine

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 23
1 - 6 months 4
6 months - 1 year 4
1 - 2 years 4
5 - 10 years 1
10 years or more 2
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 23
Usually 3
Sometimes 1
Never taken as prescribed 0
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 1
Somewhat hard to take 0
A little hard to take 2
Not at all hard to take 24
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 0
$100-199 0
$50-99 0
$25-49 4
< $25 13
Not specified 10

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Phenazopyridine after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Hydrocodone-Acetaminophen (Norco) 1
Levofloxacin (Levaquin) 1

Patients stopped taking Phenazopyridine and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Lidocaine topical (Lidocaine Viscous) 1
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2 patient evaluations for Phenazopyridine

Feb 28, 2012 (Started Feb 26, 2012)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for urinary tract infection)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (Urine orange color)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 600 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks

Feb 24, 2012 (Started Apr 15, 2005)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for urinary tract infection)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: As needed
Advice & Tips: I have been looking for other ways to address my symptoms, and have started trying other things. In the past, this treatment has worked well, but I suspect that it was because I was taking the prescription strength rather than over the counter. As always it is important to take this with an anti-biotic which is the actual "cure". This is just to treat symptoms and it does not always work well for me
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks
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