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FDA Approved: November 25, 1970
Pharm Company: SANDOZ
Category: Antibiotics

Nitrofurantoin Overview

Nitrofurantoin (trade name Macrobid among others) is an antibiotic usually used to treat urinary tract infections. It is on the World Health Organization's List of Essential Medicines, the most important medications needed in a basic health system.[2] Contents 1 Medical use 1.1 Antibacterial activity 1.2 Pregnancy 2 Pharmacology 3 Mechanism 4 Adverse effects 4.1 Pulmonary toxicity 4.2 Hepatotoxicity 4.3 Neuropathy 4.4 Contraindications 5 Use in animal feed 6 Trade names 7 Referen...

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Severe itching after taking macrodantin
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Hi I am currently taking macrodantin but since I have started taking it I have severe itching problems. Is this normal?
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Information on Nitrofurantoin Mono Mac 100MG CAPS
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Can the prescription Nitrofurantoin be taken for the sympthoms of earache, sore throat, headache, and skin sore to the touch? I was also chilling twelve hours ago. ## Nitrofurantoin is used to treat urinary tract infections. Nitrofurantoin is in a class of medications called antibiotics. It works by killing bacteria that cause infection. Antibiotics will not work for colds, flu, or other viral infections. That said, I think it would be best to diagnose the underlying causes of your sore skin, headache, sore throat, and ear ache. In my honest opinion, a naturopathic doctor would best suit your needs for all the above symptoms and conditions. Additionally, I do see some antibiotics being prescribed for ear aches; however Nitrofurantoin is primarily used for UTI's, so you may also want...
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Mylan 3422
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It's a capsule. 1/2 gray, 1/2 peach. I found some in my teenage son's room and need to know what it's used for ## Not a big deal it is a prescription medication for a UTI ( Urinary tract infection) I don't see what else he can be doing with it! ## Thank you for the reply. He tends to be forgetful when it comes to medication so I need to have him find the bottle now. ## To add some specifics, this contains 100mgs of Nitrofurantoin, which is an antibiotic that's most commonly used to treat UTIs. Learn more Nitrofurantoin details here. It may cause side effects, such as nausea, dizziness, non-allergic skin rash and diarrhea. Elderly people may be more sensitive to these side effects and experience them more severely, so it should not be the first choice antibiotic for t...
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Looking for an alternative drug to Nitrofurantoin
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I've been taking low dose 50mg Nitrofurantoin for over a year. My urologist recommended it and my PCP also said I should take it for life. I've had frequent UTI's/year and it's been a problem for more than 10 years. I've been free of UTI's since I went on the low-dose Nitrofurantoin. It's helped me greatly but I've developed some respiratory problems and my Dr. thinks that my long term use of this drug might be the cause of my problems. I would like to find an alternative antibiotic to Nitrofurantoin. Any clue what drug would be equivalent? ## Hello, Tipsy! How are you? I'm sorry about the problem that you're having. According to the information provided by the NIH, the other antibiotics that can be used for prophylaxis of UTIs include Bactrim, Tr...
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side effects of nitrofurantion
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My Dr said I had a UTI, all though I had no symptoms, so put me on a course of nitrofurantion. I started feeling faint, about to pass out, my heart was racing, and I was breathless, I returned to the Dr, and he put me on a higher dose, I felt even worse, and my right eye couldn't focus properly, I ended up in hospital for a week, still having funny turns, but they couldn't find anything wrong with me. And denied it could be the nitrofurantion. My optician checked my eyes ,and said vision in one eye had got worse,I went back after three weeks, and it had gone back to normal,he said it could have been the pills. This was last September, but I still feel absolutely exhausted, and all my muscles feel weak, could it have such a lasting effect.
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Yes I was released from the hospital with a severe UTI infection and Nitrofurantoin Mono/Mac
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Upon being release, not only did/do I have this severe, I believe the Dr, called it, UTI infection, but I have 2 other infections, dehydration, sinunitus, pneaumonia, and infected ears. I do have a variety of medications for each ailment, however, the only one I take more than once a day is the Nitro.Mac/Mono. I am so itchy my skin looks horrible and I cannot find any type of relief. I've NEVER itched like this unless I had poison ivy and now the calamine isnt even phasing this. How likely is it the Nitro.mac/mono responsible for this horribleness that I cant get away from this exhausting itch, havent slept a wink for scratching. Please help me. . . ## Hello, Kim! How are you? I'm very sorry about the problem that you're having. There is a chance that it is due to the Nitrof...
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nitrofurantoin mono massc 100mg
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Should I feel better after taking 3days of nitrofurantoin mono Mac? ## Hello, Denise! How are you? Yes, the general rule with antibiotics is that if if they are working, there should be no worsening of the infection after a full 24 hours of taking them and you should see improvement after 3 full days of taking it. The FDA lists the typical side effects as possibly including nausea, dizziness, headache, non-alelrgic skin rash and diarrhea. If you're not seeing any improvement, you should return to your doctor, you may need to try a different antibiotic. Is there anything else I can help with?
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Is it safe to take antacids, and staten medication with nitrofurant macro ## Hi Puba, I haven't come across any specific details notating that you can't use nitrofurantoin with statin medication. However Walgreens' drug monograph for nitrofurantoin strongly advises against taking any type of antacid that contains "magnesium trisilicate" with it. From what I've read, apparently the magnesium can impact how well nitrofurantoin is absorbed. Their statement goes on to mention that you should double check with a pharmacist in order to ensure whether or not a particular antacid has this ingredient prior to purchasing. Did your doctor recommend that all three types of medications be taken together? ## Thank yiu. No my doctor did not mention taking all 3 together. I do h...
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nitrofurantoin with alcohol side effects thread
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just wondering if on day 5 its ok to drink beer once in awhile ## Hello, Ma! How are you? It is best to abstain from alcohol, when taking any prescription medication. If you read the information provided by the FDA, it can worsen the side effects, so you may experience more nausea, dizziness and drowsiness than usual. It can make one drink affect you the same as if you'd had 2 and so on. However, if your doctor okays your indulgence, then please make sure that you won't be driving or operating any dangerous machinery. Is there anything else I can help with?
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can this be used for spider bites ## Hello, Mary! How are you? Nitrofurantoin is an antibiotic that is most commonly used to treat urinary tract infections. It is rarely used to treat or prevent other infections and should be only taken as prescribed by your doctor. Its side effects may include nausea, dizziness, non-allergic skin rash and diarrhea. Is there anything else I can help with?
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Possible Dosages for this and Related Drugs:

  • Capsule: 100mg, 25mg, 50mg, 75mg + 25mg
  • Suspension: 25mg/5ml
  • Tablet: 100mg, 50mg
Note: Above list includes dosages for all drugs with the same combination of active ingredients.

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