Which is safer? Nitrofurantoin or cipro (ciprofloxacin)?

About same, but... Both are very safe; t frequency of serious adverse reactions is probably about the same. However, nitrofurantoin is less likely to make your body's bacteria resistant to antibiotics, making it harder to treat future infections. Assuming you're being treated for a urinary infection, nitrofurantoin is preferred if active against the bacteria causing it. Discuss with your doctor.
These are different. antibiotics and are used in slightly different situations. Both are commonly used for urinary tract infections, and nitrofurantoin can be used as more of a "splash" antibiotic for most younger women who have UTI symptoms. It has also been used for prophylactic reasons. Cipro (ciprofloxacin) has slightly more prominent side effect profile. Thanks for trusting in HealthTap.

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If I'm allergic to nitrofurantoin, is it likely i'd be allergic to cipro (ciprofloxacin) also?

Most probably not. There is no interaction between the 2 drugs, nor is their structure similar. However, people who are allergic to one drug, are more likely than others to develop new drug allergies. In short, you should take the Cipro (ciprofloxacin) and not worry about drug allergy if you need the medication. The need should be determined by your physician. Read more...
Not likely. The two have no relationship to one another. Some studies in the drug literature have found that people who have an allergic response to one drug are likely to have an allergic response - randomly - to another, even though it's chemically unrelated. But that's just a function of the fact that those individuals have hyperactive/hyperresponsive immune systems. There's no predicting who and which. Read more...

Prescribed cipro (ciprofloxacin) for questionable uti can you crush it? Scared to take it I had good experience with macrobid the nurse said cipro (ciprofloxacin) is all I can take

Take the cipro (ciprofloxacin) Just because a particular antibiotic worked for previous UTI doesn't mean it would be effective next time. The best antibiotic depends on the particular bacteria causing each infection. In this case, it sounds like the nurse believes your UTI is caused by a germ resistant to Macrobid but susceptible to ciprofloxacin. Take it as prescribed. You can crush cipro if it's hard to take the whole pills. Read more...

Can you tell me about nitrofurantoin & ciprofloxacin?

Antibiotics. Nitrofurantoin is an antibiotic that is often used to treat urinary tract infections. Ciprofloxacin is fluoroquinolone antibiotic. "Antagonism has been demonstrated in vitro between nitrofurantoin and quinolone antimicrobials." (http://www.drugs.com/pro/nitrofurantoin-capsules.html) Read more...