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Wednesday 6 April 2022

Urinary Disorders Q 46

You’re planning your medication teaching for your patient with a UTI prescribed phenazopyridine (Pyridium). What do you include?
    A. “Take this drug between meals and at bedtime.”
    B. “You need to take this antibiotic for 7 days.”
    C. “Your urine might turn bright orange.”
    D. “Don’t take this drug if you’re allergic to penicillin.”

Correct Answer: C. “Your urine might turn bright orange.”

The drug turns the urine orange. It may be prescribed for longer than 7 days and is usually ordered three times a day after meals. Phenazopyridine will most likely darken the color of the urine to an orange or red color. This is a normal effect and is not harmful. Darkened urine may also cause stains to the underwear that may be permanent.

Option A: Take phenazopyridine after meals. Drink plenty of liquids while taking phenazopyridine. Phenazopyridine can also permanently stain soft contact lenses; do not wear them while taking this medicine.
Option B: Phenazopyridine is an azo (nitrogenous) analgesic; not an antibiotic. Phenazopyridine is used to treat urinary symptoms such as pain or burning, increased urination, and increased urge to urinate. These symptoms can be caused by infection, injury, surgery, catheter, or other conditions that irritate the bladder.
Option D: Phenazopyridine will treat urinary symptoms, but this medication will not treat a urinary tract infection. Take any antibiotic that the doctor prescribes to treat an infection. Phenazopyridine is a pain reliever that affects the lower part of the urinary tract (bladder and urethra).

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