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Generic ingredients: Methenamine, Methylene blue, Phenyl salicylate, Benzoic acid, Atropine sulfate, Hyoscyamine
Why is this drug prescribed: Urised relieves lower urinary tract discomfort caused by inflammation or diagnostic procedures. It is used to treat urinary tract infections including cystitis (inflammation of the bladder and ureters), urethritis (inflammation of the urethra), and trigonitis (inflammation of the mucous membrane of the bladder). Methenamine, the major component of this drug, acts as a mild antiseptic by changing into formaldehyde in the urinary tract when it comes in contact with acidic urine.
Most important fact about this drug: Urised may give a blue to blue-green color to urine and discolor stools as well.
How should you take this medication: To avoid stains on your skin, mouth, or teeth, make sure your hands are dry before handling the tablets, swallow them quickly, and wash them down with plenty of liquid. If your mouth gets dry during Urised therapy, hard candy or gum, saliva substitute, or crushed ice may provide temporary relief. Take this medication exactly as prescribed; do not take more than the recommended dose. Drinking plenty of fluids will help the medication work better and relieve discomfort. ---If you miss a dose... Take it as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the one you missed and go back to your regular schedule. Never take 2 doses at the same time. ---Storage instructions... Store Urised at room temperature, in a dry place.
What side effects may occur: Side effects cannot be anticipated. If any develop or change in intensity, inform your doctor as soon as possible. Only your doctor can determine if it is safe for you to continue taking Urised. Side effects with long-term use may include: Acute urinary retention (in men with an enlarged prostate), blurry vision, difficulty urinating, dizziness, dry mouth, flushing, rapid pulse, skin rash
Why should this drug not be prescribed: Urised should be avoided if you have glaucoma, a bladder blockage, cardiospasm, or a disorder that obstructs the passage of food through the stomach. Also avoid Urised if you are sensitive to or have ever had an allergic reaction to any of its ingredients.
Special warnings about this medication: Urised should be used cautiously if you have heart disease or have ever had a reaction to medications that are chemically similar to atropine. Your doctor may ask you to check your urine with phenaphthazine paper to see if it is acidic. Urine acidifiers, such as vitamin C, may be recommended if the urine is not acidic enough.
Possible food and drug interactions when taking this medication: If Urised is taken with certain other drugs, the effects of either could be increased, decreased, or altered. It is especially important to check with your doctor before combining Urised with the following: Acetazolamide (Diamox) Potassium supplements such as Slow-K Sodium bicarbonate antacids such as Alka-Seltzer Sulfa drugs such as Gantrisin, Gantanol, Bactrim, and Septra Drugs and foods that produce alkaline urine (such as sodium bicarbonate, antacids, and orange juice) should be limited.
Special information if you are pregnant or breastfeeding: The effects of Urised during pregnancy have not been adequately studied. If you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant, inform your doctor immediately. Urised may appear in breast milk and could affect a nursing infant. If this medication is essential to your health, your doctor may advise you to stop breastfeeding until your treatment with Urised ends.
Recommended dosage: ADULTS: The usual dose is 2 tablets, 4 times a day. CHILDREN 6 YEARS AND OLDER: The dosage must be determined by your doctor. CHILDREN UNDER 6 YEARS: Use is not recommended in children under 6 years old.
Overdosage: Any medication taken in excess can have serious consequences. If you suspect an overdose, seek medical treatment immediately. Symptoms of Urised overdose may include: Abdominal pain, bladder and abdominal irritation, bloody diarrhea, bloody urine, burning pain in throat and mouth, circulatory collapse, coma, dilated pupils (large pupils), dizziness, dry nose, mouth, and throat, elevated blood pressure, extremely high body temperature, headache, hot, dry, flushed skin, painful and frequent urination, pallor (paleness), pounding heartbeat (pounding sensation against the chest), rapid heartbeat (increased pulse rate), respiratory failure, ringing in ears, sweating, vomiting, weakness, white sores in mouth