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Macrodantin (Nitrofurantoin) is also known by the generic name Nitrofurantoin and be prescribed to treat and prevent urinary tract infections. Nitrofurantoin is a antibiotic and won't be useful in treating viral infections like the flu or common cold. Overuse of antibiotics like Nitrofurantoin will reduce it's effectiveness over time.
Macrodantin is taken orally up to four times 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 Macrondantin.
Before taking Macrodantin (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 liver problems, problems urinating, eye diseases, vitamin B deficiency, diabetes, and kidney problems. Disclose any medications you are taking along with any supplements to ensure there are no interactions while taking Macrodantin.
Vaccines may not work as well while taking Macrodantin (Nitrofurantoin). Avoid the scheduling of any immunizations/vaccinations while using Macrodantin unless instructed by your doctor.
Older adults may have more side effects when using Macrodantin (Nitrofurantoin) due to reduced kidney function from age. Speak with your doctor regarding the risks of using Macrodantin (Nitrofurantoin) for older adults.
Some side effects can include: headache, itching, rash, nausea, upset stomach, vomiting, loss of appetite, diarrhea, rust-colored or brownish urine, or vaginal itching or discharge.
Speak with your doctor or pharmacist for help managing any side effects that become too severe during your treatment with Macrodantin.
Q: Can I take this medication while pregnant?
A: You should consult your doctor to discuss the risk involved with taking Macrodantin 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.
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