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Dr. Jan Lei Iwata
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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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I take Macrobid every time I have sex because I have reoccurring uti's, i heard it causes liver/lung problems& fibrosis, is long term use safe?

I take Macrobid every time I have sex because I have reoccurring uti's, i heard it causes liver/lung problems& fibrosis, is long term use safe?

Macrobid: Macrobid has been used for many years for treatment of uti's both acute and chronic and also as prophylaxis in preventing uti's in sexually active women. Patients on any long term drug need to be monitored by their physician. There possible problems with the long term use of this drugs, liver function needs to be monitored. There are rare lung complications including lung fibrosis. ...Read more

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Can 100mg Macrobid tablet be opened and taken?

Can 100mg Macrobid tablet be opened and taken?

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

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How long does it take for Macrobid to get out of your body?

How long does it take for Macrobid to get out of your body?

Half life not long: Up to 1 hour. It's not the medication making you feel ill, but the prescribing MD should be notified as soon as you can. ...Read more

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How long does Macrobid stay in your system after taking the last dosage?

24hours: Half life is 12 hours. That means the half of the total dose taken will be gone after 12 hours and then another 12 hours 50% from the other half will be gone and so forth. ...Read more

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Feeling very sick while taking Macrobid at night why does this feeling only occur at nightime?

Timing of med?: Good question- no good answer except if you are timing your dosage where you get sick shortly before you go to bed, with potential drug- drug interaction if you are on other medications. You should go back to your doctor, to discuss this question. ...Read more

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What would you consider a long term usage of macrobid? I have taken it daily for 1 1/2 years.

What would you consider a long term usage of macrobid?  I have taken it daily for 1 1/2 years.

Furadantin (nitrofurantoin): This should not be taken chronically in this manner. It has numerous potentially very severe side-effects including interstitial pneumonia and others. It is a close cousin of the drug Dilantin which has full texts written about the toxicities. Would stop this now and discuss with the doctor who ordered it. ...Read more

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Safe to drink ensure on macrobid?

Safe to drink ensure on macrobid?

Ensure not that safe: It is as safe to drink Ensure while on Macrobid as at any time but I do not recommend Ensure; the first 3 ingredients are water, corn maltodextrin and sugar. It has canola and corn oil and soy that are almost certainly genetically modified and thus best avoided. If you want a nutritious drink I advise going to the health food store and getting a good quality non-gmo protein powder with vitamins. ...Read more

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Is it safe to take Macrobid for 10 days?

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

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Can i take Macrobid if im allergic to latex?

Can i take Macrobid if im allergic to latex?

latex allergy: Macrobid (nitrofurantoin) is an antibiotic. There are no cross-reactive reactions with latex that are likely to occur from this medication. Watch out for potentially cross-reactive foods such as banana, kiwi and avocado. ...Read more

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Side effects of Macrobid 100mg 1 capsule twice a day?

Side effects of Macrobid 100mg 1 capsule twice a day?

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

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Will macrobid help any with a possible streptococcus?

Nope: Nitronfurantoin (Macrobid) is not active against strep. In addition, it provides effective levels only in urine, not in blood or other tissues; it is not used against any infection outside the urinary tract. If you think you have a strep infection, see a health professional for testing and a prescription for effective treatment. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: Macrobid overdose?

What is the definition or description of: Macrobid overdose?

Macrobid overdose: Macrobid (Nitrofurantoin) is an antibiotic medication. An overdose is when an excessive or dangerous amount of a medication or substance is used. ...Read more

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Can Macrobid capsules be opened and mixed in with applesauce or food?

Macrodantin (nitrofurantoin) better: You can mix the powder with, apple sauce, yogourt, ice cream etc on a teaspoon and take it that way. We usually prescribe it to taken that way by people, especially young children, who can not swallow pills or capsules. ...Read more