Macrobid

(nitrofurantoin)

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Treats and prevents urinary tract infections.

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Macrobid (nitrofurantoin) treats uncomplicated urinary tract infections, but does not work well for older people or those with kidney problems.

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Quick facts about nitrofurantoin
  • Drug class: Infection
  • Rx status: Prescription only
  • Generic status: Lower-cost generic available (nitrofurantoin)

Upsides

  • Macrobid (nitrofurantoin) works well to treat most urinary tract infections.
  • Young and otherwise healthy females have the best results when taking Macrobid (nitrofurantoin).
  • It can be used in pregnant women if approved by the doctor.
  • Comes in a liquid form that can be used by children.
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Downsides

  • Does not work well for complicated urinary tract infections, older people, or those with kidney problems.
  • Can damage your lungs, liver, kidneys, and nerves if taken for a long period of time.
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How it works

Macrobid (nitrofurantoin) is an antibiotic, which concentrates in the urine and kills bacteria in the urinary tract.

Quick facts about nitrofurantoin
  • Drug class: Infection
  • Rx status: Prescription only
  • Generic status: Lower-cost generic available (nitrofurantoin)
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What to expect when you take Macrobid (nitrofurantoin) for Urinary tract infection

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  • Possible side effects
  • Nausea
  • Headache
  • Gas
  • Diarrhea
  • Dizziness
  • Allergic reaction
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Risks and Warnings for Macrobid (nitrofurantoin)

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    • Higher risk if:
    • Using Macrobid (nitrofurantoin) for 6 months or longer
    • Age 65 or older

    Rarely, Macrobid (nitrofurantoin) causes damage to your lungs. Talk to your doctor right away if you are having difficulty breathing or have a cough that does not go away.

Common concerns from people taking Macrobid (nitrofurantoin)

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Food
  • Not sure
    Big hassle
    Reviewed nitrofurantoinon 7/1/2015They're not kidding when they say 'take with food', Eat half your meal, swallow the pill, then eat the rest.
    48
    Woman
    Less than a week
Kidneys and liver
  • Can damage your lungs, liver, kidneys, and nerves if taken for a long period of time.