Chemical Name : Methenamine Hippurate
Hiprex Information : Hiprex is used to treat Urinary Tract Infections. Methenamine hippurate is an antibiotic that is used to treat and prevent urinary tract infections. It is absorbed from the gut and passes into the urine where it releases the chemical formaldehyde (however this can only occur if the urine is acidic). This chemical causes the breakdown of proteins essential to the bacteria, which ultimately results in the death of the bacteria.
Hiprex Side Effects : Medicines and their possible side effects can affect individual people in different ways. The following are some of the side effects that are known to be associated with this medicine. Because a side effect is stated here, it does not mean that all people using this medicine will experience that or any side effect.
Irritation to the lining or movements of the gut
The side effects listed above may not include all of the side effects reported by the drug's manufacturer.
How can this medicine affect other medicines?
Avoid taking sulphonamide antibiotics at the same as methenamine as there is a risk of crystal formation in the urine.
Avoid using urinary alkalising agents (potassium or sodium citrate) which can alter the pH i.e. decrease the acidity of the urine.
The generic alternative is not manufatured by the company that makes the brand product.
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