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    Nitrofurantoin

    Information about Nitrofurantoin

    Nitrofurantoin uses

    Nitrofurantoin is used in the treatment and prevention of bacterial infections of urinary tract.

    How nitrofurantoin works

    Nitrofurantoin is an antibiotic. It works by killing the bacteria in the urine that causes infection.

    Common side effects of nitrofurantoin

    Nausea, Vomiting, Diarrhoea

    Available Medicine for Nitrofurantoin

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    Expert advice for Nitrofurantoin

    • Take nitrofurantoin tablets after food or milk for optimum absorption.
    • Do not drive or operate heavy machinery because you may feel sleepy or dizzy while being treated with nitrofurantoin.
    • Tell your doctor if you are taking nitrofurantoin and undergoing urine glucose test, as it may affect the result.
    • Do not take this drug if you are in the last 2 to 4 weeks of your pregnancy.
    • Do not  breast feed your baby while you are taking this drug.
    • Do not take it with antacids that contain magnesium.

    Frequently asked questions for Nitrofurantoin

    Nitrofurantoin

    Q. Is Nitrofurantoin an antibiotic?
    Yes, Nitrofurantoin is an antibiotic and belongs to a class of medicines known as nitrofurans.
    Q. Can I take Nitrofurantoin for sexually transmitted infection (chlamydia)?
    Nitrofurantoin is specifically indicated to treat infection of the bladder, kidney, and urinary tract. It is not indicated for treating chlamydial or other sexually transmitted infections. Please consult your doctor for your medical condition before taking the drug.
    Q. Can I take Nitrofurantoin with omeprazole?
    Nitrofurantoin is not reported to interact with omeprazole. Please follow the advice of the doctor regarding their simultaneous use.
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    Q. Does Nitrofurantoin cause constipation?
    Nitrofurantoin is not known to cause constipation. Please consult your doctor before taking the drug. Diarrhea has been reported to be an uncommon side effect of Nitrofurantoin.
    Q. Is Nitrofurantoin better than trimethoprim?
    Both Nitrofurantoin and trimethoprim are effective against bladder, kidney, and urinary tract infections. Any of them can be better depending on the sensitivity of bacterial infection. Always consult your doctor before taking any antibiotics for your infections.
    Q. Is Nitrofurantoin a narcotic substance?
    No, Nitrofurantoin is not a narcotic substance. It is an antibiotic and belongs to a class of medicines known as nitrofurans.
    Q. Does Nitrofurantoin affect birth control?
    Nitrofurantoin can affect the action of birth control pills (oral contraceptives). As with other antibiotics, Nitrofurantoin can decrease the normal bacteria in the gut, hence decreases the absorption of estrogens (a component of the birth control pills), lowering their action, causing birth control failure. Consult your doctor for alternative birth control measures if needed.
    Q. Is Nitrofurantoin safe?
    Nitrofurantoin is relatively safe if used at prescribed doses for the prescribed duration as advised by your doctor.
    Q. Is Nitrofurantoin useful in the treatment of a sinus infection?
    No, it is not recommended to take Nitrofurantoin for a sinus infection (sinusitis). Take advice from your doctor before taking any antibiotics for this problem.
    Q. Can I take Nitrofurantoin for a tooth infection?
    No, it is not recommended to take Nitrofurantoin for a tooth infection. Take advice from your doctor before taking any antibiotics for the tooth infection.
    Q. Is Nitrofurantoin useful in the treatment of a streptococcal throat infection?
    No, it is not recommended to take Nitrofurantoin for a streptococcal throat infection. Please consult your doctor for the treatment of streptococcal throat infection.
    Q. Does Nitrofurantoin play any role in the treatment of a yeast (fungal) infection?
    Nitrofurantoin has not been seen to be active against yeast (fungal) infection. Nitrofurantoin is used to treat bacterial infections.
    Q. Is Nitrofurantoin useful in the treatment of tonsillitis?
    No, it is not recommended to take Nitrofurantoin for tonsillitis. Please consult your doctor for the treatment of tonsillitis.
    Q. Can I take Nitrofurantoin for bacterial vaginosis?
    Nitrofurantoin is not indicated for the treatment of bacterial vaginosis. Nitrofurantoin is used to prevent and treat infections of the bladder, kidney and other parts of the urinary tract.
    Q. Is Nitrofurantoin useful in the treatment of a urinary tract infection (UTI)?
    Yes, Nitrofurantoin can be used to treat urinary tract infection (UTI) as per your doctor's advice. It should only be taken as and when recommended by your doctor.
    Q. Is Nitrofurantoin useful in the treatment of a sore throat?
    Nitrofurantoin is not recommended for treating sore throat. Nitrofurantoin is used to prevent and treat infections of the bladder, kidney and other parts of the urinary tract.
    Q. Can I take Nitrofurantoin for kidney infection?
    Yes, Nitrofurantoin can be used to treat urinary tract infection (UTI) as advised by your doctor. Always consult your doctor before taking medicine for any infection.
    Q. Is Nitrofurantoin useful in the treatment of bronchitis?
    Nitrofurantoin is not recommended for use in bronchitis. Nitrofurantoin is used to prevent and treat infections of the bladder, kidney and other parts of the urinary tract.
    Q. Does Nitrofurantoin cause yellow urine?
    Yes, Nitrofurantoin can cause urine to turn dark yellow or brown. It is a normal phenomenon.
    Q. Does Nitrofurantoin contain penicillin?
    No, Nitrofurantoin does not contain any penicillin.
    Q. Does Nitrofurantoin contain tetracycline?
    No, Nitrofurantoin does not contain any tetracycline.
    Q. Does Nitrofurantoin contain any macrolide?
    No, Nitrofurantoin does not contain any macrolide.
    Q. Can Nitrofurantoin make you feel sleepy (drowsiness)?
    Nitrofurantoin use may make you sleepy (drowsiness). You should not drive or operate machinery if you are affected this way until such symptoms go away.
    Q. Can the use of Nitrofurantoin cause diarrhea (loose stools)?
    Yes, Nitrofurantoin can cause diarrhea (loose stools), although it is a less common side effect. Please talk to your doctor in case you experience excessive loose stools which dehydrate you or make you feel sick or tired.
    Q. Does Nitrofurantoin treat Escherichia coli?
    Yes, Nitrofurantoin is active against Escherichia coli and is specifically indicated for the treatment of infections caused by Escherichia coli, enterococci, staphylococci, Citrobacter, Klebsiella, and Enterobacter.
    Q. Can the use of Nitrofurantoin affect the action of levonorgestrel?
    Nitrofurantoin can be taken with levonorgestrel. No drug-drug interactions have been reported between the two. However, this does not mean that interactions cannot occur. Please consult your doctor before taking the two medicines together.
    Q. Can I take Nitrofurantoin with amitriptyline?
    No, interactions have been reported between Nitrofurantoin and amitriptyline. However, interactions may occur. Please consult your doctor before taking the two medicines together.
    Q. Is Nitrofurantoin nephrotoxic?
    Nitrofurantoin has not been reported to be nephrotoxic. However, your urine may become dark yellow or brown in color. This is quite normal and not a reason to stop taking the medicine. However, it is to be used with caution in patients with decreased renal function and only when advised by the doctor.
    Q. Can I take Nitrofurantoin with hydrocodone?
    No, interactions have been reported between Nitrofurantoin and hydrocodone. However, interactions may occur. Please consult your doctor before taking the two medicines together.
    Q. Is Nitrofurantoin a sulfa drug?
    No, Nitrofurantoin is not a sulfa drug. Nitrofurantoin is an antibiotic and belongs to a class of medicines known as nitrofurans.
    Q. Is Nitrofurantoin a macrolide?
    No, Nitrofurantoin is not a macrolide. Nitrofurantoin is an antibiotic and belongs to a class of medicines known as nitrofurans.
    Q. Can I take Nitrofurantoin with amoxicillin?
    Nitrofurantoin can be taken with amoxicillin. No drug-drug interactions have been reported between the two. However, this does not mean that interactions cannot occur. Please consult your doctor before taking the two medicines together.
    Q. Can I take Nitrofurantoin with metronidazole?
    Nitrofurantoin can be taken with metronidazole. No drug-drug interactions have been reported between the two. However, this does not mean that interactions cannot occur. Please consult your doctor before taking the two medicines together.
    Q. Can I take Nitrofurantoin with ibuprofen?
    Nitrofurantoin can be taken with ibuprofen. No drug-drug interactions have been reported between the two. However, this does not mean that interactions cannot occur. Please consult your doctor before taking the two medicines together.
    Q. Can I take Nitrofurantoin with milk?
    Yes, Nitrofurantoin can be taken with milk. Nitrofurantoin should be taken at meal times with food or milk. This will help to avoid stomach upset and also to help the absorption of Nitrofurantoin.
    Q. Can I take Nitrofurantoin with phenazopyridine?
    Nitrofurantoin can be taken with phenazopyridine as no drug-drug interactions have been reported between the two. However, this does not mean that interactions cannot occur. Please consult your doctor before taking the two medicines together.
    Q. Can I take Nitrofurantoin with paracetamol (acetaminophen)?
    Nitrofurantoin can be taken with paracetamol (acetaminophen) as no drug-drug interactions have been clinically observed between the two. However, interactions may occur. Please consult your doctor before taking the two medicines together.
    Q. Can I take Nitrofurantoin with trimethoprim?
    Nitrofurantoin can be taken with trimethoprim. No drug-drug interactions have been reported between the two. However, interactions may occur. Please consult your doctor before taking the two medicines together.

    Content on this page was last updated on 04 September, 2017, by Dr. Varun Gupta (MD Pharmacology)