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Pyridium: is it ok for flares on a long term basis?

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  • Pyridium: is it ok for flares on a long term basis?

    I use pyridium for flares but have heard it is not meant for long term use.
    Are there long term complications to using it? It helps my urethral pain/burning. The urelle did not help me. Any other drugs to take away burning pain for short term?

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  • #2
    This is something you need to ask your doctor.

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    • #3
      Donna is right, you do want to ask your dr. I had read here but pyridium was not good for long term use and I found myself using it almost every day so I asked my dr about taking one of the blue ones because I had read they were safer for longer term use. He said I was right. He did prescribe me Urelle but I know there are other ones that make you pee blue and I think they are all safer for longer term use, check w/ your dr.

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      • #4
        I agree, discuss this with your Dr.
        Having said that, my URO and pharmacist both told me pyridium was safe to use long-term.

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        • #5
          Like everyone else said you need to talk to your doctor -- My uro said its safe to use long term, however my primary care told me not to -- use it for 3 days here and then stop for a week and if I need to use it again then go back on it.