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Macrobid (Nitrofurantoin) is an antibiotic for treating bladder infection (acute cystitis). This antibiotic will not be useful in treating other viral infections like the flu and should not be overused in order to preserve the medications effect.
Macrobid (Nitrofurantoin) is taken orally usually twice a day with food and drink. Space out the time between doses evenly to get the best effect. You should continue to take this medication even if you feel better and until the prescription is complete to avoid a bacteria relapse. If you are taking this medication for other reasons follow the doctors instructions explicitly to ensure the best results for treatment with Macrobid.
Before taking Macrobid (Nitrofurantoin) speak with your doctor regarding known allergies as there are ingredients that induce an allergic reaction. Talk to your doctor about prior medical conditions relating to kidney or liver diseases. Disclose any medications you are taking along with any supplements to ensure there are no interactions while taking Macrobid (Nitrofurantoin).
Vaccines may not work as well while taking Macrobid (Nitrofurantoin). Avoid the scheduling of any immunizations/vaccinations while using Macrobid unless instructed by your doctor.
Older adults may have more side effects when using Macrobid (Nitrofurantoin) due to reduced kidney function from age. Speak with your doctor regarding the risks of using Macrobid for older adults.
Avoid using antacids that contain magnesium trisilicate as it can effect how the medication is absorbed into the body.
Some side effects can include: nausea, vomiting, upset stomach, diarrhea, rust-colored or brownish urine, vaginal itching or discharge, headaches, and gas.
More serious side effects can also include: bloody or watery diarrhea, sudden chest pain, shortness of breath, cough, fever or chills, numbness or tingling in the hands or feet, or easy bruising.
Speak with your doctor or pharmacist for help managing any side effects that become too severe during your treatment with Macrobid. Speak with your doctor if any serious side effects arise for additional treatment.
Q: Can I take this medication while pregnant?
A: You should consult your doctor to discuss the risk involved with taking Macrobid while pregnant. This medication can pass into the breast milk of a nursing mother. It is recommended to consult with your doctor before using this medication while breast feeding.
Q: How should I store this medication?
A: This should be stored at room temperature away from children and pets. Never dispose this medication in wastewater. If you are unsure of how to safely dispose unwanted or expired medications speak with your local pharmacist for disposal options.
Q: What if I miss a dose?
A: Take the missed dose as soon as you remember. If your missed does is close to your next scheduled dose, skip the missed dose and take the scheduled dose to avoid double dosing.
Q: There are other medications similar to Macrobid like Macrodantin, is there a difference?
A: Macrobid would be commonly used for bladder infections while Macrodantin and can be used for treating urinary tract infections. The Macrobid Macrocrystal capsule contains 100mg of Nitrofurantoin with 25mg as Nitrofurantoin Macrocrystal and 75mg as Nitrofurantoin Monohydrate. Other medications that contain Nitrofurantoin do not have any synthetic additions to it like Macrobid does. Speak with your doctor about the difference and how it can effect you. During treatment your doctor will know the best choice of medication based on your condition and response to treatment.
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