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A 37-year-old female asked:

Dr put me on nitrofurantoin for a uti. after reading online the side effects are scaring me. i've taken 3 so far and only urine is effected. should i not take this drug?

3 doctor answers7 doctors weighed in
Dr. Ira Friedlander
Cardiac Electrophysiology 44 years experience
It is safe and: effective. Your doctor would not have prescribed it for you if he/she did not think it would be safe and appropriate. All medications have serious potential side effects. If you have taken three without a problem it is likely you will be fine. Follow your health care providers instructions exactly.
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Dr. Hunter Handsfield
Infectious Disease 55 years experience
Take as directed: Side effects are uncommon with nitrofurantoin and even more rarely are serious. Not treating a UTI puts you at much higher risk of serious complcations than the chance of serious drug side effects. Take it as directed. For sure discuss with your doctor if you still think you might want to stop taking it.
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Dr. Jovita Anyanwu
Internal Medicine 32 years experience
Nitrofuratoin: Is relatively a safe medication. Most of the side effects listed are not very common in clinical practice. However if taking the medication you develop any adverse reaction call the prescriber immediately
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Last updated Jan 15, 2019

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