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Renal Failure in Phenazopyridine Overdose

Donald A. Feinfeld, MD; Rosanna Ranieri, MD; Henry I. Lipner, MD; Morrell M. Avram, MD
JAMA. 1978;240(24):2661. doi:10.1001/jama.1978.03290240061030.
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PHENAZOPYRIDINE hydrochloride (Pyridium) is widely used for analgesia of the lower urinary tract. The drug is thought to be safe; information for the prescriber cautions only against its use in renal failure, and a standard textbook of Pharmacology does not mention nephrotoxicity (other than stone formation) or complications of overdose in its section on the drug.1 We report here a case of acute tubular necrosis in a previously healthy adolescent following acute overdosage with phenazopyridine.

Report of a Case  A 13-year-old girl, in prior good health and with a normal developmental history, was admitted to the gastroenterology service with a 24-hour history of yellow skin color and dark urine. On the day of admission, she had had several episodes of vomiting and abdominal cramps. Initial physical findings included normal temperature, pulse rate of 80 beats per minute and regular, and blood pressure of 120/70 mm Hg with no postural


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