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
UTI (Urinary Tract Infection) 24 11
Bladder problems 13 3
Interstitial Cystitis 12 4
UTI symptoms 6 1
Bladder pain 2 0
Bladder spasms 2 3

Show all 21 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 3
Mild 7
None 12

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Phenazopyridine

Side effect Patients
Urine orange color 5
Dizziness and feeling faint 1
Nausea if taken on empty stomach 1
urine staining of clothing 1

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Phenazopyridine

Dosage Patients
200mg as needed 3
95mg as needed 2
200 mg daily 1
200 mg three times daily 1
190 mg four times daily 1

Why patients stopped taking Phenazopyridine

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Course of treatment ended 22
Other 7
Did not seem to work 2
Doctor's advice 2
Side effects too severe 2
Personal research 1
See all 33 patients who’ve stopped taking Phenazopyridine

Duration

Currently taking Phenazopyridine

Duration Patients
1 - 6 months 1
1 - 2 years 1
2 - 5 years 5
5 - 10 years 1

Stopped taking Phenazopyridine

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 20
1 - 6 months 4
6 months - 1 year 3
1 - 2 years 3
5 - 10 years 1
10 years or more 2
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 19
Usually 2
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 0
Not at all hard to take 21
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 0
$100-199 0
$50-99 0
$25-49 4
< $25 10
Not specified 8

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Phenazopyridine after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Levofloxacin (Levaquin) 1
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2 patient evaluations for Phenazopyridine

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Unicat
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Sex: F
Data Quality: 2 stars
Sensation: Moderate
Overall: Moderate
Cognition: moderate
Vision: moderate
Speech: moderate
Swallowing: moderate
Upper limb: moderate
Walking: moderate
I am: n
I have:
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See Unicat's full Phenazopyridine history

Feb 28, 2012 (Started Feb 26, 2012)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for UTI (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

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finn_girl
Data Quality: 0 stars
  • Gender: F
  • Age: 33
Condition: UTI
Quality of life:
  • Mental: Unreported
  • Physical: Unreported
I have:
UTI

See finn_girl's full Phenazopyridine history

Feb 24, 2012 (Started Apr 15, 2005)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for UTI (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

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