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methenamine hippurate (methenamine hippuratetablet 
[Rising Pharmaceuticals, Inc. ]

To reduce the development of drug-resistant bacteria and maintain the effectiveness of methenamine hippurate tablets USP and other antibacterial drugs, methenamine hippurate tablets USP should be used only to treat or prevent infections that are proven or strongly suspected to be caused by bacteria.


Methenamine hippurate tablets USP are available as 1 g oval shaped, scored and peach colored tablets. Chemically, methenamine hippurate is Hexamethylene-tetramine monohippurate. The molecular formula of methenamine hippurate is C15H21N5O3 and molecular weight is 319.36. Its structural formula is:

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Each methenamine hippurate tablet USP intended for oral administration contains 1 g of methenamine hippurate. In addition, it also contains the following inactive ingredients: colloidal silicon dioxide, magnesium stearate, povidone K29/32, saccharin sodium and FD&C Yellow #6 Aluminum Lake as a color additive.


Microbiology: Methenamine hippurate USP has antibacterial activity because the methenamine component is hydrolyzed to formaldehyde in acid urine. Hippuric acid, the other component, has some antibacterial activity and also acts to keep the urine acid. The drug is generally active against E. coli , enterococci and staphylococci. Enterobacter aerogenes is generally resistant. The urine must be kept sufficiently acid for urea-splitting organisms such as Proteus and Pseudomonas to be inhibited.

Human Pharmacology: Within 1/2 hour after ingestion of a single 1-gram dose of methenamine hippurate USP, antibacterial activity is demonstrable in the urine. Urine has continuous antibacterial activity when methenamine hippurate USP is administered at the recommended dosage schedule of 1 gram twice daily. Over 90% of methenamine moiety is excreted in the urine within 24 hours after administration of a single 1-gram dose. Similarly, the hippurate moiety is rapidly absorbed and excreted, and it reaches the urine by both tubular secretion and glomerular filtration. This action may be important in older patients or in those with some degree of renal impairment.


Methenamine hippurate tablets USP are indicated for prophylactic or suppressive treatment of frequently recurring urinary tract infections when long-term therapy is considered necessary. This drug should only be used after eradication of the infection by other appropriate antimicrobial agents.

To reduce the development of drug-resistant bacteria and maintain the effectiveness of methenamine hippurate tablets USP and other antibacterial drugs, methenamine hippurate tablets USP should be used only to treat or prevent infections that are proven or strongly suspected to be caused by susceptible bacteria. When culture and susceptibility information are available, they should be considered in selecting or modifying antibacterial therapy. In the absence of such data, local epidemiology and susceptibility patterns may contribute to the empiric selection of therapy.


Methenamine hippurate tablets USP are contraindicated in patients with renal insufficiency, severe hepatic insufficiency, or severe dehydration. Methenamine preparations should not be given to patients taking sulfonamides because some sulfonamides may form an insoluble precipitate with formaldehyde in the urine.


Large doses of methenamine (8 grams daily for 3 to 4 weeks) have caused bladder irritation, painful and frequent micturition, albuminuria, and gross hematuria.


Prescribing methenamine hippurate tablets USP in the absence of a proven or strongly suspected bacterial infection or a prophylactic indication is unlikely to provide benefit to the patient and increases the risk of the development of drug-resistant bacteria.

  1. Care should be taken to maintain an acid pH of the urine, especially when treating infections due to urea-splitting organisms such as Proteus and strains of Pseudomonas .
  2. In a few instances in one study, the serum transaminase levels were slightly elevated during treatment but returned to normal while the patients were still taking methenamine hippurate tablets USP. Because of this report, it is recommended that liver function studies be performed periodically on patients taking the drug, especially those with liver dysfunction.
  3. Pregnancy: In early pregnancy the safe use of methenamine hippurate tablets USP is not established. In the last trimester, safety is suggested, but not definitely proved. No adverse effects on the fetus were seen in studies in pregnant rats and rabbits.
    Methenamine hippurate tablets USP taken during pregnancy can interfere with laboratory tests of urine estriol (resulting in unmeasurably low values) when acid hydrolysis is used in the laboratory procedure. This interference is due to the presence in the urine of methenamine and/or formaldehyde. Enzymatic hydrolysis, in place of acid hydrolysis, will circumvent this problem.

Information for Patients

Patients should be counseled that antibacterial drugs including methenamine hippurate tablets USP should only be used to treat bacterial infections. They do not treat viral infections (e.g., the common cold). When methenamine hippurate tablets USP are prescribed to treat a bacterial infection, patients should be told that although it is common to feel better early in the course of therapy, the medication should be taken exactly as directed. Skipping doses or not completing the full course of therapy may (1) decrease the effectiveness of the immediate treatment and (2) increase the likelihood that bacteria will develop resistance and will not be treatable by methenamine hippurate tablets USP or other antibacterial drugs in the future.


Minor adverse reactions have been reported in less than 3.5% of patients treated. These reactions have included nausea, upset stomach, dysuria, and rash.


1 tablet (1.0 g) twice daily (morning and night) for adults and pediatric patients over 12 years of age. 1/2 to 1 tablet (0.5 to 1.0 g) twice daily (morning and night) for pediatric patients 6 to 12 years of age. Since the antibacterial activity of methenamine hippurate tablets USP is greater in acid urine, restriction of alkalinizing foods and medications is desirable. If necessary, as indicated by urinary pH and clinical response, supplemental acidification of the urine should be instituted. The efficacy of therapy should be monitored by repeated urine cultures.


Methenamine hippurate tablets USP 1 g are supplied as peach, oval shaped compressed tablets debossed “cor” on the left and “139” on the right side of bisect on one side and other side is plain.

They are supplied as follows:

Bottles of 100 (NDC 64980-119-01)

Store at controlled room temperature 15°-30°C (59°-86°F) (see USP).

Meets USP Dissolution Test 2.

Dispense in well-closed, light-resistant containers with child-resistant closures.

Manufactured by:
CorePharma LLC
Middlesex, NJ 08846

Distributed by:
Rising Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
Allendale, NJ 07401

MF # 285-03

November 2005

Methenamine Hippurate (methenamine hippurate)
Product Code 64980-119 Dosage Form TABLET
Route Of Administration ORAL DEA Schedule
Name (Active Moiety) Type Strength
Methenamine Hippurate (Methenamine) Active 1 GRAM  In 1 TABLET
Colloidal Silicon Dioxide Inactive  
FD&C Yellow #6 Aluminum Lake Inactive  
Magnesium Stearate Inactive  
Povidone Inactive  
Saccharin Sodium Inactive  
Characteristic Appearance Characteristic Appearance
Color ORANGE (ORANGE) Score 2
Shape OVAL (OVAL) Symbol false
Imprint Code cor;139 Coating false
Size 19mm
# NDC Package Description Multilevel Packaging
1 64980-119-01 100 TABLET In 1 BOTTLE, PLASTIC None

Revised: 03/2006Rising Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

Data are from FDA and U.S. National Library of Medicine.