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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
Yes: There were no interactions found in my E-Presribing database between Macrobid and Nexium (esomeprazole). There are several posts on line about possible side effects, but posts on side effects in a global market are numerous and need to be taken with the knowledge that these are NOT scientifically studied outcomes data. I have several patients who took the combo and did well. Best wishes. ...Read more
No decreased effect:
That is a great question, I’m impressed!! Few medications decrease the effectiveness of birth control pills (BCP). Many meds for seizures and one for HIV can decrease BCP effectiveness. The only antibiotic is uncommon,
FRifampin, used to treat tuberculosis and serious fungal infections.
St. John’s Wort, a “natural herb” for depression and anxiety, also makes the pill less affective ...Read more
Should be: It should be sufficient. If symptoms persist after completing the anabiotic, contact your doctor. Hope this was helpful. Best of luck with this. Dr. R ...Read more
UTI: You don't retest unless there are symptoms. It is pointless. ...Read more
Get urine culture: Return of symptoms might indicate that bacteria causing your UTI are resistant to Nitrofurantoin (active ingredient of macrobid) is not effective. Thus either original bacteria were not sensitive to the antibiotic, became resistant to it or you acquired a new or breakthru infection whil;st on macrobid. Thus u need a urine culture followed different antibiotic. Culture will reveal sensitivities. ...Read more
UTI sensitive to Macrobid. Rx'd 7 days of 100 mg bid. Better on Day 4. Sx worse Day 5. Should I stay on it?
Important to follow: Up with your treating physician. I wouldn't stop a medication unless you touch base with your doctor, or his/her coverage, and he/she tells you it's ok. It's a bit concerning that your symptoms got better and now are worse, but you didn't specify what those symptoms were. .. ...Read more
Can I take Azo since it feels like uricalm is not working? Its been 4.5 hours since I took uricalm. Also taking Macrobid
Yes: You could take Azo, but the question is why not wait and give the meds you are already taking a chance to work. ...Read more
I have frequent uti's. Took Macrobid (sensitive for it) for 7 days. Uti back 2 days later - dr. Wants me to take 2 (100mg) 3x a day for 5 days.?
Judgment call: Usual dose of Macrobid for UTI is 100mg 2x a day for 7 days. When UTI comes back soon after, it may be an incompletely treated UTI or it may be a new uti. 2 days after, it is likely incompletely treated so number of days should be increased, but I wouldn't increase the dose above recommended. If new uti, the new bug may be resistant. If you have low kidney function, Macrobid isn't as effective. ...Read more
I was prescribed macrobid 100mg BID for 5 days. Symptoms have improved, but isn't the normal course 7 days? I don't want my infection to return.
I just finished a seven day course of macrobiid on tuesday night. This morning which is thursday I develop hives culs this be from the macrobid?
Yes but: Yes, but what else were you taking? Any unusual foods in the past 24 hours? ...Read more
On my second course of Macrobid to eliminate UTI and its not working. I feel better but still have symptoms. Should I ask my dr to change the meds?
Get evaluated.: If you feel your symptoms are not significantly improving, see you physician. There you can review any prior urine culture sensitivity data to make sure your infection is susceptible to macrobid. After a history and physical, another urine culture may be required, the antibiotic changed, or further workup for a cause of bacterial persistence performed. Good luck & hope you feel better. ...Read more
Causes for frequent utis/kidney infec? Seems like im always on Macrobid and it does nothing. As a kid id wet the bed all the time. What could be wrong?
Unusual: For someone who gets frequent uti's you should have had by now tests to determine if you have any anatomical abnormalities in your urinary tract system- at the very least a kidney ultrasound and vcug. A urologist should become involved. Uti's can only be diagnosed by urine culture in a sterile container. U/a insufficient to diagnose uti. If >100, 000 bacteria aren't identified, unlikely uti. ...Read more
Not at all...: The usual dose of this med is 100mg 2x/day thus 200mg per day. I assume you are using it for a urinary tract infection. You u are you and healthy, which I assume you are based on the medication given, you should be fine. You can skip a later dose today, or even taking your later usual dose without trouble. So, rest assured...But just be carefull next time around...Good luck. ...Read more
Macrobid: Macrobid is the drug Nitrofurantoin in a special matrix so that the active drug is released over an extended period. This allows twice a day dosing for a drug that is normally given 4 times a day. Opening the tablet will destroy the time-release system. This will cause an overdose of the drug to enter the circulation and then there will be a period when no drug is released. Don't open the tablet. ...Read more
Yes, unless. . .: Nitrofurantoin (branded as macrobid) is often prescribed for 7-10 days to treat urinary tract infections. Just be sure you're not allergic to it! Or taking any medication w/that might interact negatively. Also be mindful if you have chronic kidney disease. As always, only take this (and any other) medication as directed by your physician. And don't save any for the next infection! ...Read more
Many: This antiseptic has close chemical similarity to diphenylhydantoin (dilantin), a drug with enough side effects to fill an entire textbook. Taken for brief periods this can be a highly effective agent against simple urinary tract infection, but would advise against long-term usage in most circumstances. ...Read more