Treats urinary tract infections.
Our pharmacists’ bottom line
Macrobid (Nitrofurantoin) works best in young, otherwise healthy females. It shouldn't be used by children, the elderly, or people with kidney problems.
- Macrobid (Nitrofurantoin) works well to treat urinary tract infections.
- Young and otherwise healthy females have the best results when taking Macrobid (Nitrofurantoin).
- It's not too common, but you can get a test done that'll show if Macrobid (Nitrofurantoin) will work for you.
- Shouldn't be used for a long period of time.
- Can't be used in children under 12 years old.
- Interacts with drugs like probenecid and sulfinpyrazone.
- Can't be used if you have kidney problems or don't urinate often (the medication could build up and cause toxicity).
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Side effects for Macrobid (Nitrofurantoin)
From clinical trials of Nitrofurantoin / Urinary tract infection
- NauseaNausea8% for Nitrofurantoin vs.0% for placebo
- HeadacheHeadache6% for Nitrofurantoin vs.0% for placebo
- GasGas2% for Nitrofurantoin vs.0% for placebo
What to expect when you start Macrobid (Nitrofurantoin)Skip what to expect section. Skip to Risks & Warnings section.
- Take it with food (ideally breakfast and dinner) to prevent side effects and improve the drug's absorption.
- Don't take it with antacids that contain magnesium.
- It's common to feel better before you're supposed to stop taking Macrobid (Nitrofurantoin), but take it for the entire time your doctor prescribed it. Skipping doses or stopping early can lower the drug's effectiveness and increase the chance that the drug won't work as well next time.
Risks and Warnings for Macrobid (Nitrofurantoin)Skip Risks and Warnings section. Skip to Tips section.
- Higher risk if:
- › Pregnant women
- › Newborn babies
Macrobid (Nitrofurantoin) can cause blood cells to break up and die. So it can't be used in pregnant women at term (38-42 weeks gestation), during labor and delivery, or when the onset of labor is imminent. For the same reason, the drug is contraindicated in newborn babies under one month of age.
Tips from pharmacists and people taking Macrobid (Nitrofurantoin)Final section. Do you want to return to drug navigation?
- Tips from our pharmacists
- › Take it with food (ideally breakfast and dinner) to prevent side effects and improve the drug's absorption.
- They're not kidding when they say 'take with food', Eat half your meal, swallow the pill, then eat the rest.Age: 48Gender: womanDuration taken: less than a week
- Upsides and downsides from our pharmacists
- › Can't be used if you have kidney problems or don't urinate often (the medication could build up and cause toxicity).
- Risks from our pharmacists
- › Macrobid (Nitrofurantoin) can cause significant kidney problems. Don't take it if you haven't been urinating often enough or have a history of kidney problems.