Nitrofurantoin (Macrobid) is an antibiotic that fights bacteria in the body. Nitrofurantoin is used to treat and prevent urinary tract infections. It works by interfering with various chemical processes in the bacteria, which results in the death of the bacteria.
Phenazopyridine (Pyridium) is used to treat pain, burning, increased urination, and increased urge to urinate. These symptoms are usually caused by infection, injury, surgery, catheter, or other conditions that irritate the lower urinary tract.
I got my first bladder infection (Urinary Tract Infection, Cystitis) when I was in 9th grade.
In 12th grade I was hospitalized for one that spread to my kidneys.
Once I had to get IV fluids in my doctors office because I had one.
I had an understanding with one of my doctors that I didn't even need to schedule an appointment when I got one. I could just go in to her office, pee in a cup and get a prescription.
They didn't have Pyridium then and I just had to suffer in severe pain for 3 days until the antibiotics took.
I know God loves me because he gave me Pyridium.
I only get bladder infections about once a year now instead of every couple of months like I used to, but when I do get them they seem to hit me like a truck, even though I recognize the symptoms and get to the doctor as soon as I can.
If I don't get to the doctor right away, the initial symptoms of "frequent and painful urination" are joined by nausea, vomiting, dehydration and severe headache.
Oh and by the way, drinking organic apple cider vinegar will NOT cure your bladder infection.
It will ease the symptoms of severe needling pain while peeing and the urge to pee like a racehorse every 12 minutes even though you release more tears than urine when you go.
But if you only drink the vinegar and don't get antibioics, chances are the infection will only get worse while you think it's getting better and when you stop drinking the vinegar you'll be 10 times worse off than you were before.
(I learned that fun lesson last year).
You are much better off going to the doctor, getting antibiocs and Pyridium, which eases the symptoms even better than vinegar, even if it turns your pee bright orange.
If it weren't for antibiotics I never would have seen my 18th birthday.
If it weren't for Pyridium I wouldn't be sitting in this chair blogging right now.
I would be sitting on the toilet crying.
I am grateful for all of the medical advances that are saving lives. Heart transplants, bone marrow transplants, radiation treatments, progress towards curing cancer and AIDS, all of those are wonderful, and I thank God for them, but right now I'm just grateful it doesn't hurt when I pee.