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Dr. Steven Griggs
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Nitrofurantoin (Definition)

Nitrofurantoin is an antibiotic which is marketed under the following brand names; niftran, furadantin, (nitrofurantoin) furabid, macrobid, macrodantin, nitrofur mac, nitro macro, nifty-sr, martifur-mr, uro-tablinen or nifuretten (in germany), martifur-100 (in india), urantoin, nifuran (in macedonia) and uvamin (in middle east). It is usually used in treating urinary tract infection. It is often ...Read more


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Can nitrofurantoin cause diarrhea even if codeine is already being taken for diarrehea?

Can nitrofurantoin cause diarrhea even if codeine is already being taken for diarrehea?

Yes: Unfortunately, antibiotic-induced diarrhea persists as long as you continue the med. If you are not having severe abdominal pains, fevers, bloody diarrhea, then you can try some Imodium (loperamide) ad. If you develop some of those other symptoms, let your doctor know because you may have something else more serious going on. ...Read more

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Can nitrofurantoin be used for tonsillitis if pregnant?

Can nitrofurantoin be used for tonsillitis if pregnant?

Not recommended: Nitrofurantoin is a good anitbiotic choice that is often used during pregnancy. But, most often it is drug of choice for bladder infections (uti), not tonsillitis. There are other antibiotics that are still safe in pregnancy but would be better at fighting a tonsillar infection. ...Read more

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Can nitrofurantoin cure orchitis over a LONG period? Was told it has "bad tissue penetration" but my urologist gave me 30 days for orchitis? Couldwork?

Can nitrofurantoin cure orchitis over a LONG period? Was told it has "bad tissue penetration" but my urologist gave me 30 days for orchitis? Couldwork?

Again: Nitrofurantoin, as I commented on another doctor's answer to your question, is not a first choice for orchitis because of very poor tissue penetration. It is more used for uncomplicated UTIs or UTI prophylaxis.You previously asked if it is better to take ciprofloxacin. Again, the answer is "yes". ...Read more

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Can nitrofurantoin be used when pregnant for a sinus infection?

Sinus Infection: A large series was just published which showed that treating sinus infections with antibiotics does not work. You can safely use Nitrofurantoin in pregnancy, if you are not allergic to it, but it will not help. Best is steam inhalation, using peppermint, oregano and lemon. Check out the natural cold season remedies on my website, under handouts, at coastalclinic. Com. ...Read more

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Can macrodantin (nitrofurantoin) treat my strep throat?

Can macrodantin (nitrofurantoin) treat my strep throat?

Unlikely: The germ would probably laugh at this drug. Time to have your throat issue properly confirmed and the proper meds prescribed if needed. More than half of raw throats are viral. ...Read more

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Can Macrodantin (nitrofurantoin) cause abdominal pain? I have had a burning sensation in my stomach for a while now and occasionally get sharp pains in my stomach area

Can Macrodantin (nitrofurantoin) cause abdominal pain? I have had a burning sensation in my stomach for a while now and occasionally get sharp pains in my stomach area

YES. YES.: Macrodantin (nitrofurantoin) can cause G.I. upset. Taking it right after a meal might help. ANY antibiotic can upset the normal healthy bacteria in the gut and cause GI symptoms. If you're on a short course of Macrodantin (nitrofurantoin), bear with it. If you are on it long term please let your doctor know about the problem. If the pain continues after stopping the med, or worsens, seek medical care. ...Read more

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Nitrofurantoin can I take with warfarin?

Nitrofurantoin can I take with warfarin?

Yes: There are no known or reported interactions between the two medications. ...Read more

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Can I open nitrofurantoin mono 100mg capsules and take with applesauce?  

Can but with care: You may take with the food and it can be mixed with the food but it can be very bad tasting so need to be careful. Capsules are easy to swallow usually if you put the capsules in and fill your mouth with water and then tip your chin down and swallow and the capsules float to the back and go down easily. I hope this helps and eat plenty with the medicine if you empty the capsule. ...Read more

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Can you mix nitrofurantoin and levofloxacin or are they antagonists?

Can you mix nitrofurantoin and levofloxacin or are they antagonists?

You *may*, but. ..: The only time I would see using these at the same time is in the unfortunate circumstance that you were treating a urinary tract infection with the nitrofurantoin and a different infection with the levofloxacin - a highly unlikely circumstance. There's no reason to be using the two together to be treating the same infection. When it comes to antibacterials, never ever use more than you need. ...Read more

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Dr. Tiffanie Noonan
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Macrodantin (Definition)

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Dr. Milroy Samuel
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Furadantin (Definition)

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