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What is Nitrofurantoin used for?

Nitrofurantoin is an oral antibiotic medicine used to treat urinary tract infections caused by various types of bacteria. Nitrofurantoin works by stopping the growth of bacteria. This medicine may also be used to treat other conditions as determined by your doctor.

What is the recommended dosage of Nitrofurantoin?

The dosage of Nitrofurantoin prescribed to each patient will vary. Always follow your physician’s instructions and/or the directions on the prescription drug label.

Nitrofurantoin can be taken along with food or milk.

What if you miss a dose of Nitrofurantoin?

If your physician has instructed or directed you to take Nitrofurantoin medication in a regular schedule and you have missed a dose of this medicine, take it as soon as you remember. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, then skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not double the doses unless otherwise directed.

What if you overdose on Nitrofurantoin?

Any medication taken in excess can have serious consequences. If you suspect an overdose of Nitrofurantoin, seek medical attention immediately.

What other drugs could interact with Nitrofurantoin?

  • Choline magnesium salicylate
  • Magnesium salicylate
  • Probenecid
  • Sulfinpyrazone

It may be noted that drugs other than those listed above may also interact with Nitrofurantoin.

Usually drug interactions occur when it is taken with another drug or with food. Before you take a medication for a particular ailment, you should inform the health expert about intake of any other medications including non-prescription medications, over-the-counter medicines that may increase the effect of Nitrofurantoin, and dietary supplements like vitamins, minerals and herbal, so that the doctor can warn you of any possible drug interactions.

Nitrofurantoin can interact with quinolone antibiotics.

Do let your doctor know if you smoke, consume alcohol or caffeinated drinks, or use illegal drugs as these may interfere with the action of your medication. Make sure to inform your doctor of any medical conditions you may have, or any family history of medical problems. Do not start or stop using any medicine without consulting your doctor.

What are the side effects of Nitrofurantoin?

Like other medicines, Nitrofurantoin can cause some side effects. If they do occur, the side effects of Nitrofurantoin are most likely to be minor and temporary. However, some may be serious and may require the individual to inform the doctor or visit the nearest hospital immediately.

It is pertinent to note that side effects of Nitrofurantoin cannot be anticipated. If any side effects of Nitrofurantoin develop or change in intensity, the doctor should be informed as soon as possible.

Nitrofurantoin can cause side effects such as shortness of breath, blurred vision, vaginal itching, headache, rash, nausea, vomiting, loss of appetite, diarrhea, gas, constipation, and abdominal pain. This is not a complete list of all side effects.Do concur with your doctor and follow his directions completely when you are taking Nitrofurantoin.

What are the questions to ask your doctor before taking Nitrofurantoin?

Is it possible for me to take Nitrofurantoin with other drugs?
Should certain beverages, foods and other products be avoided when I take Nitrofurantoin?
What are the possible drug interactions of Nitrofurantoin?
How will Nitrofurantoin work in my body?
How should Nitrofurantoin be taken?
How to reduce the risk of Nitrofurantoin drug interactions and side effects?

Note

The health and medical information provided here is intended to supplement and not substitute for the expertise and judgment of your physician, pharmacists or other health care professional. It should not be understood to indicate that the use of Nitrofurantoin is safe, appropriate or effective for you. Always consult your health care professional before using this, or any other, drug.

 

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