Thread: when should you take pyridium
04-18-2004, 08:16 AM #1
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when should you take pyridium
Can someone tell me when I should take pyridium? Actually, I use Azo-Standard. My uro says to use it during a UTI and also 2 hours before I'm going to be cathed. However, I just took it during a big flare this week and it helped so much (actually, much more than the narcotics I am on) that it was unbelievable. I got a few hours rest and then took 2 more before bedtime--best night's sleep in months and months. I've read here on the boards that it is too hard on your liver (??) so I've steered away from it. However, I also read that someone took it daily for 3 months. It seems that if I can get such good relief, I want to take it more often; maybe I can ween myself off the narcotics. Which is worse on my system? If I call my uro, he will say use it doing a UTI. The inserts in the box are not very definitive and my pharmacist didn't have any answers either. Thanks, as always, for your kind and generous help.
04-18-2004, 09:45 AM #2
I take Pyridum Plus anytime I'm in a flare. I take it for several days until the burning and pain goes away. It helps me a lot when I'm flaring.Pam
04-18-2004, 02:38 PM #3
what is AZO-Standard
Can you tell me what AZO-Standrard is? and were to get it?
04-18-2004, 02:42 PM #4
You can find it at most drugstores over the counter. I take it during a UTI or if I am beginning to flare I will take it so that I won't stress out and make the flare worse. I don't know if it really works that way, but I tell myself it does. LOL I have to feel like I am doing something. I try not to take it for more than a few days in a row.Kim
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04-19-2004, 03:21 PM #5
AZO is a brand of the drug "Pyridium" - which is a lifesaver in many situations for me. You can usually buy a generic version at the drug store for cheaper than AZO. Keep in mind there is another brand of Pyridium that, for some reason, is MUCH more expensive than AZO so don't buy that one. It usually costs me between $6-8 for 30 tablets.
It stains your urine orange and acts as an anesthetic for your bladder and urethra. It can be hard on your liver so be aware of whether you have some upper abdominal pain when you've taken it. Make sure you eat when you take it or it will make you VERY nauseated.
04-19-2004, 03:55 PM #6
I cant take the pyridium but I take the urised used for the same thing and I take it when I have the pain and burning or if I have a uti. I also dont take it for more than two days.To the world you might be one person but to one person you might be the world..
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04-19-2004, 08:53 PM #7
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My doc put me on Urimax, but I still think that pyridium works a lot better! But the urimax is suppose to help more so who knows.....
04-20-2004, 02:48 AM #8
Im with everyone else here, I take the pyridium when I am flared or burning. My Uro advised me not to take it more than a few days at a time.
Here's a few links to some more info:
This tells the make up of the pill
Hope this helps and Good Luck to youMorgan Stone
04-20-2004, 05:17 PM #9
Thanks for the info I really appreciate it. I never knew that about the AZO-Standard and I have seen it at Wall Mart and some drug stores.
04-20-2004, 05:37 PM #10
I take Pyridium as well for bad flares. But they have to be bad flares as Pryridium is bad for the liver. It helps me. I was just in what I thought was a bad flare and it seems I am coming out of it. I did not use the pyridium this time.
04-28-2004, 07:32 AM #11
take P/P when you really need it just don't take all the time... but if you fel you need it take it... don't make yourself suffer...ALEXIS,
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04-28-2004, 03:31 PM #12
Just to echo the others, take it when you feel you really need it. I've had IC for 3 1/2 years and my liver's sensitivity to Pyridium has increased over time. The other day I took one after not having taken any for about a month. My liver hurt so much taht at first I thought I was having really bad intestinal cramping. Then I realized that it was my liver.
One thing that can be hard on your liver is not drinking enough water when you have the pyridium in your system. I know that I didn't drink enough that day because I was about to take a long bus ride and was nervous about having to pee on the bus (no bathroom). But this was a bad idea because then my lower back hurt a lot from it.
04-28-2004, 04:08 PM #13
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my uro told me to take it 3-4 times per day for a week when flaring, but don't take it more than a week at a time. I took it all last week and have been off 2 days, now I need it again so I popped 2 more - I'll just wait and see if I need it again tomorrow. By all means, take it!
09-05-2007, 04:26 PM #14chronic UTI's starting in early 20's
Hysterectomy because of endometriosis and fibroids in 2002
First visit to a urologist in 2004
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09-06-2007, 01:39 AM #15
low back pain
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