How Does AZO Treat a Urinary Tract Infection?

AZO Urinary Pain Relief is an over-the-counter medication that relieves the symptoms of a urinary tract infection but does not heal the infection; treating the infection requires a prescription antibiotic, according to WebMD. It contains phenazopyridine, a pain-relieving dye that soothes the lining of the urinary tract.

Individuals suffering from UTI symptoms typically take AZO Urinary Pain Relief three times a day after meals for up to two days, notes WebMD. If symptoms do not improve after two days, or if they worsen, sufferers should consult a physician. AZO Urinary Pain Relief does not treat the cause of the infection, so individuals should not use it in lieu of an antibiotic.

There are additional steps a person can take to relieve the symptoms of a UTI, according to AZO. Drinking plenty of water, which dilutes the urine and helps flush out the bacteria that causes infection, is important. Sufferers should also avoid alcohol, citrus juices and caffeinated drinks, as they can irritate the bladder and cause symptoms to worsen. Use of a heating pad on the abdomen can also provide symptom relief.

AZO offers additional products that may reduce the recurrence of a UTI. These products contain Pacran, a concentrated cranberry powder that helps maintain urinary tract health, claims AZO.