Pyridium is a medication that relieves symptoms affecting the bladder, urethra and lower urinary tract, such as pain, burning, increased urge to urinate and increased urination, explains Drugs.com. Doctors typically prescribe the drug in 100-milligram or 200-milligram tablet form. Phenazopyridine is the generic equivalent of Pyridium.
Doctors usually prescribe Pyridium for symptoms resulting from injury, infection, catheterization, surgery or other lower urinary tract irritations. The drug relieves symptoms of infection but does not treat the actual infection. Patients need to take prescribed antibiotics to treat urinary tract infections and should not take Pyridium for more than two days when taking the antibiotics, notes Drugs.com. People with liver disease, kidney disease, or any other blood disorder should not take Pyridium, according to EverydayHealth.