Pyridium is an effective pain reliever that works by affecting the lower part of people’s urinary tract, including their urethra and bladder. Nowadays, this medication is used to treat burning, pain, increased urination and urge to urinate. These signs are caused by injuries, infections, surgeries and other conditions that irritate lower urinary tract. The intake of Pyridium treats the symptoms of infections, but it doesn’t treat infections. That’s why patients also need to take suitable antibiotics.
Don’t start this treatment if you have any possible allergy to this medication or serious kidney problems. To avoid unwanted stomach upset, it’s advisable to use Pyridium with food. Its intake most likely darkens your urine color to red or orange. This effect is normal and you shouldn’t worry about it, unless you experience such troubling symptoms as:
Vomiting and nausea;
Stomach pain and fever;
Yellow or pale skin.
It’s not allowed to take Pyridium for longer than 2 days, and it may stain soft contact lenses, so users shouldn’t wear them. You need to stop this treatment and call your physician if you have such signs as:
Increased thirst and fever;
Pale skin and confusion;
Yellow eyes and skin;
Urinating less than usual.
Before you start taking Pyridium, inform doctors about diabetes and G6PD deficiency because you may not be able to use this drug. Pregnant women can start its intake, while breastfeeding mothers should be careful, because it may harm their babies.
How to Use Pyridium
Use this medication with enough water and with food to avoid your possible upset stomach. Its use may cause false results of ketone and glucose urine tests. You need to seek emergency medical help if you suspect overdosing and experience such symptoms as:
Fever and unusual weakness;
Yellow skin and confusion;
Vomiting and nausea;
Numbness and swelling;
Blue-colored skin and urinating less than normal.
Go to the hospital if you have any signs of allergic reactions, including swelling, hives, difficulty breathing, and others. Severe side effects are rare when undergoing this treatment, but they all require medical help, including:
Weakness and confusion;
Fever and pale skin;
Jaundice and drowsiness;
Increased thirst and unusual mood changes;
Loss of appetite and sudden weight gain;
Shortness of breath and swelling.
The good news is that the above-mentioned problems are rare. Mild side effects caused by Pyridium include skin itching, dizziness, headaches, upset stomach and stomach pain. If any of them persist or get worse, call your physician at once.
Unwanted Drug Combinations
There are some meds that may affect Pyridium, so you need to tell doctors about any other over-the-counter and prescription drugs, herbal products, minerals and vitamins to avoid possible drug interactions when undergoing this treatment to benefit from it.