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What are the side effects of nitrofurantoin macro-100mg?

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Dr. Michael Ein
Internal Medicine - Infectious Disease

In brief: Many

Nitrofurantoin is a urinary antiseptic that does not achieve adequate tissue levels to treat an invasive infection.
It has many severe potential toxicities including nausia and vomitting that occur in 17-39% of people taking it, severe lung reactions, hepatitis, hemolytic anemia and peripheral neuropathy. Because of the above i rarely prescribe this drug.

In brief: Many

Nitrofurantoin is a urinary antiseptic that does not achieve adequate tissue levels to treat an invasive infection.
It has many severe potential toxicities including nausia and vomitting that occur in 17-39% of people taking it, severe lung reactions, hepatitis, hemolytic anemia and peripheral neuropathy. Because of the above i rarely prescribe this drug.
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