Brand & Generic Names
- Habit forming? No
- Prescription needed? Yes
- Available as generic? No
- Drug class: Antibacterial, antiurolithic
- Treatment for chronic urinary tract infections.
- Prevents formation of urinary tract stones. Will not dissolve
stones already present.
Dosage & Usage Information
How to take:
Tablet--Swallow with liquid. If you can't swallow whole, crumble
tablet and take with liquid or food.
When to take:
At the same time each day, according to instructions on
If you forget a dose:
Take as soon as you remember up to 2 hours
late. If more than 2 hours, wait for next scheduled dose (don't
double this dose).
What drug does:
Stops enzyme action that makes urine too alkaline. Alkaline
urine favors bacterial growth and stone formation and growth.
Time lapse before drug works:
1 to 3 weeks.
Don't take with:
Alcohol or iron.
Any other medicine without consulting your doctor or pharmacist.
Loss of appetite, tremor, nausea, vomiting.
WHAT TO DO:
Overdose unlikely to threaten life. If person takes much larger
amount than prescribed, call doctor, poison-control center or
hospital emergency room for instructions.
Possible Adverse Reactions or Side Effects
In case of overdose, see Overdose section.
- Appetite loss,
- Anxiety, depression,
- Loss of
slurred speech, severe
headache, sudden change
in vision, shortness of
breath, clot or pain over
a blood vessel, sudden
chest pain, leg pain in
calf (deep vein blood
- Rash on arms and
- Sore throat, fever,
- Hair loss.
Warnings & Precautions
Don't take if:
You have severe chronic kidney disease.
Before you start, consult your doctor:
- If you are anemic.
- If you have or have had phlebitis or thrombophlebitis.
Over age 60:
Adverse reactions and side effects may be more frequent and
severe than in younger persons.
Studies inconclusive on harm to unborn child. Animal studies
show fetal abnormalities. Decide with your doctor whether drug
benefits justify risk to unborn child.
No proven problems. Avoid if possible.
Infants & children:
Not recommended. Safety and dosage have not been established.
Talk to your doctor about the need for follow-up medical
examinations or laboratory studies to check blood pressure,
liver function, kidney function, urinary pH.
Skin & sunlight:
No problems expected.
Driving, piloting or hazardous work:
Don't drive or pilot aircraft until you learn how medicine
affects you. Don't work around dangerous machinery. Don't climb
ladders or work in high places. Danger increases if you drink
alcohol or take medicine affecting alertness and reflexes, such
as antihistamines, tranquilizers, sedatives, pain medicines,
narcotics and mind-altering drugs.
Don't discontinue without consulting doctor. Dose may require
gradual reduction if you have taken drug for a long time. Doses
of other drugs may also require adjustment.
No problems expected.
Possible Interaction with Other Drugs
||Increased risk of adverse effect on
||Decreased effects of both drugs.
Possible Interaction with Other Substances
||Severe skin rash common in many
||patients within 30 to 45 minutes
||after drinking alcohol.