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Unusual color or odor to urine

Also known as Urine looks strange, Urine smells strange, Foul-smelling urine, and Abnormal Smelling Urine

Unusual color or odor to urine is encountered rarely on Symcat. We will add more content to this page if enough people like you show interest.

What causes it?

The most common causes of unusual color or odor to urine are urinary tract infection, cystitis, and kidney stone. Other possible causes, such as lumbago, are more rare.

What symptoms are related?

Within all the people who go to their doctor with unusual color or odor to urine, 62% report having painful urination, 59% report having frequent urination, and 49% report having sharp abdominal pain.


What might my doctor prescribe?

Common Tests and Procedures

Patients with unusual color or odor to urine often receive urinalysis, hematologic tests, complete blood count, kidney function tests, intravenous fluid replacement, glucose measurement, electrolytes panel and liver function tests .

Common Medications

The most commonly prescribed drugs for patients with unusual color or odor to urine include bactrim, ciprofloxacin, phenazopyridine (azo), nitrofurantoin, ampicillin, auranofin, asenapine (saphris), choline salicylate, vitamin k 1 (mephyton), midodrine, cefixime (suprax), cholestyramine resin (questran) and atenolol / chlorthalidone .

Bactrim
$8
(14 days)
Ciprofloxacin
$7
(7 days)
Phenazopyridine (Azo)
$5
(7 days)
Nitrofurantoin
$28
(21 days)
Ampicillin
$10
(7 days)
Auranofin
$301
(28 days)
Asenapine (Saphris)
$439
(28 days)
Choline Salicylate

Vitamin K 1 (Mephyton)
$44
(7 days)
Midodrine
$106
(28 days)
Cefixime (Suprax)
$97
(7 days)
Cholestyramine Resin (Questran)
$61
(28 days)

Who is at risk?

Groups of people at highest risk for unusual color or odor to urine include .

Age

< 1 years
1.1x
1-4 years
1.0x
5-14 years
0.6x
15-29 years
1.0x
30-44 years
1.4x
45-59 years
0.9x
60-74 years
0.8x
75+ years
1.2x

Sex

Male
0.7x
Female
1.2x

Race/Ethnicity

Black
1.1x
Hispanic
0.8x
White
1.0x
Other
1.0x
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