Phenazopyridine Hydrochloride

*** Please Note***
The information and instructions on the following pages should not replace those given to you by your doctor.

How does Phenazopyridine Hydrochloride work?
Phenazopyridine hydrochloride is a medication that relieves pain, heartburn, and discomfort, pain or urgency in the urinary tract. The pain can be a result of an inflammation, trauma, surgery or other invasive activity. The drug does not treat the inflammation itself, instead it treats the symptoms. Therefore, if your child is suffering from a UTI, the drug will be administered together with antibiotics.

Do NOT use Phenazopyridine Hydrochloride when

  • Your child has an allergy to one of the ingredients in the drug
  • Your child is missing the G6PD enzyme
  • Your child is suffering or has suffered in the past from insufficient supply to the liver or kidneys
  • You’re pregnant or nursing

Consult your doctor when
Your child is taking other medications
Store the medicine in a cool dry place, out of reach of children. Do not use if it is past the expiration date

How do I administer the medication?
Make sure your child takes the medication at the set time as instructed by your doctor. The medication is not given to children under the age of 12.

Medicine must be taken during or after a meal.

What should I do if I forgot to give my child the dose on time?
Administer the medication once you remember. If the next dose is to be given in an hour, skip the forgotten dose. Do not double the next dose.

When does treatment end?
Follow the directions given to you by your doctor. Do not stop treatment prior to consulting your doctor, even if your child has exhibited signs of improvement.

What are the side effects?
Possible side effects include stomach aches, difficulty digesting food, headaches, and dizziness. Most side effects subside after an adjustment period.

Call your doctor when

  • Your child’s pain doesn’t subside after 10 days or the fever doesn’t go away after 3 days.
  • If your child’s condition gets worse
  • Your child experiences an allergic reaction, especially an anaphylactic reaction – rash, shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, swelling around the eyes, lips, hands, legs or face. If the reaction is anaphylactic, take your child to the ER immediately.
  • Your child experiences any of the following side effects: blue or purple skin, fever, confusion, swelling in the face or legs, stomach contractions, difficulty breathing, decrease in urine, drowsiness, weakness and jaundice.

Your child should not wear contacts while taking this medication.

If your child is diabetic, be advised that this medication can cause discrepancies on blood sugar tests