Looking For An Alternative Drug To Nitrofurantoin

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Tipsy Says:

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?

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Verwon Says:

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, Trimethoprim, Ciprofloxacin, Cephalexin and Norfloxacin.

They are all antibiotics and the possible side effects are listed as including nausea, dizziness, headache, diarrhea and non-allergic skin rash.

Is there anything else I can help with?

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Tipsy Says:

I failed to mention that I have an allergy to sulfa drugs.

Do you think doxycycline could be used for long term use?

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Verwon Says:

Hello, Tipsy! How are you?

Yes, it is actually often prescribed on a long-term basis, in a low dosage to treat severe bacterial acne and I know others that have taken it to prevent UTIs, when they couldn't take Nitrofurantoin.

It's worth asking your doctor about.

Are there any other questions or concerns?

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kohlikk Says:

I have been recommended nitrofurantoin Tabs for urine infection which is not now available in Delhi. Please recommend alternative medicine to above. I am above 80

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