Hiprex (Methenamine Hippurate) and/or alternatives
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General Information on Hiprex
Hiprex, also knwon as Methenamine, is primarily used for the prevention and treatment of urinary tract infections. This drug is an antibacterial agent and works by eliminating and stopping the growth of bacteria in the urinary tract. Generally, doctors prescribe this medication only when other antibiotics fail to heal the infection.
This medicine is not meant to be used for the treatment/prevention of viral infections. Also, do not use this drug for the treatment of bacterial infections other than those in the urinary tract.
Side Effects of Hiprex
Possible side effects of this drug include: diarrhea, loss of appetite, nausea, vomiting, cramps or pain in the abdomen. In case any of these symptoms persist or exacerbate, then you must immediately contact your doctor. In a few cases, this drug may cause pain or difficulty while urinating. When this happens, you should immediately contact your doctor, who is likely to reduce your medication or change your treatment.
In rare cases, this drug may cause certain serious side effects. Unlikely but serious effects of this drug are: muscle cramps, swelling in the legs and/or arms, sensation of ringing in the ears, headache, or mouth sores. Immediately consult your doctor or pharmacist if you notice any of these symptoms.
In the rarest cases, this medicine may trigger a serious allergic reaction. Symptoms of allergic reaction are: breathing difficulty, rash, swelling of tongue/throat/face, itching, and dizziness. Seek your doctor’s guidance if you notice any of the aforementioned symptoms.
Overdosing on this medicine may cause the following unpleasant symptoms: irritation in the bladder, pain during urination, frequent urination, and/or pinkish or reddish urine. Immediately consult your doctor if you notice any of the following symptoms.
Anyone who is allergic to Methenamine, formaldehyde, or any of the ingredients used in this medicine should not take this medicine. This is why you must consult your doctor before you buy Hiprex. Also, you must share your medical history with your doctor, especially if you suffer from: dehydration, kidney problems, or liver problems.
Women who are pregnant should use this medicine only when advised by their doctor. This medicine is known to pass into breast milk. However, it is unclear whether the medicine is harmful for the infant. Even then, breastfeeding mothers are advised to talk to their doctors before taking Hiprex.
You should take Hiprex as prescribed by your doctor. Your doctor will prescribe the correct dose based on your condition and your response to this drug.
Certain types of drugs are known to interact with this medicine. You should tell your doctor about all the medicines that you are taking, especially the following: Sulfonamide drugs, urinary alkalinizers (such as sodium or potassium citrate, antacids, or sodium bicarbonate), and carbonic anhydrase inhibitors (such as water pills, or acetazolamide). This medicine can interact with other certain non-prescription drugs and herbal medicines. Make it a point to inform your doctor about all the over-the-counter and herbal medicines that you are taking.
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