What is Nitrofurantoin?

Category: Prescription Drugs

Most popular types: Macrodantin Macrobid Nitrofuran MAC Show all

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Nitrofurantoin is an antibiotic that is used to prevent and treat urinary tract infections caused by susceptible strains of E. coli, S. aureus, Enterococcus, Klebsiella, and Enterobacter.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Bladder problems 51 13
Prevent infection 51 26
UTI symptoms 49 35
UTI (Urinary Tract Infection) 7 5
Recurring Urinary Tract Infection UTI 5 3
Bladder infection 3 1

Show all 16 reasons taken


  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations
Severe 1
Moderate 10
Mild 12
None 53

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Nitrofurantoin

Side effect Patients
Diarrhea 2
Abdominal cramps 1
Atrial Fibrillation 1
Chronic Diarrhea 1
Drowsiness 1
Excessive daytime sleepiness (somnolence) 1

Show all 17 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Nitrofurantoin

Dosage Patients
100 mg daily 10
50 mg daily 5
75 mg daily 3
25 mg daily 1
25-75 mg twice daily 1
75 mg twice daily 1
100 mg four times daily 1
100mg as needed 1
25-75mg as needed 1
50mg as needed 1

Why patients stopped taking Nitrofurantoin

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Reason Patients
Course of treatment ended 42
Doctor's advice 17
Other 8
Did not seem to work 5
Side effects too severe 4
Personal research 1
See all 67 patients who’ve stopped taking Nitrofurantoin

Duration

Currently taking Nitrofurantoin

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 1
6 months - 1 year 7
1 - 2 years 3
2 - 5 years 4
5 - 10 years 6
10 years or more 4

Stopped taking Nitrofurantoin

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 33
1 - 6 months 9
6 months - 1 year 6
1 - 2 years 8
2 - 5 years 8
5 - 10 years 3
10 years or more 2
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 66
Usually 4
Sometimes 3
Never taken as prescribed 3
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 0
Somewhat hard to take 6
A little hard to take 10
Not at all hard to take 60
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 1
$100-199 0
$50-99 3
$25-49 3
< $25 37
Not specified 32

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Nitrofurantoin after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Ciprofloxacin (Cipro) 2
Sulfamethoxazole-Trimethoprim (cotrimoxazole) (Bactrim) 2
Cefuroxime (Ceftin) 1
Cephalexin (Keflex) 1

Patients stopped taking Nitrofurantoin and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Ciprofloxacin (Cipro) 1
Sulfamethoxazole-Trimethoprim (cotrimoxazole) (Bactrim) 1
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14 patient evaluations for Nitrofurantoin

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ltbeauti
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ltbeauti
Sex: F
Data Quality: 2 stars
Bulbar: moderate
Arms: moderate
Chest: mild
Legs: moderate
I am: g
I have:
ALS

See ltbeauti's full Nitrofurantoin history

Sep 28, 2016 (Started Apr 06, 2015)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for UTI symptoms)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Prevent infection)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 50 mg Daily

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Dawn Angel
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Dawn Angel
Sex: F
Data Quality: 3 stars
On
Mouth/throat: none
Arms: none
Chest: none
Legs: mild
I am: n
I have:
Parkinson's

See Dawn Angel's full Nitrofurantoin history

Sep 7, 2016 (Started Jul 19, 2013)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Neurogenic Bladder)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (destroys gut biome)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 75 mg M,W,F
Advice & Tips: My urologist says long-term Macrobid can cause pulmonary fibrosis. to me it didn't make sense to destroy my gut biome every day
Cost: $50-99 monthly

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swwrite
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swwrite
Data Quality: 1 star
  • Sex: F
  • Age: 70y
  • Organ: Kidney
Quality of life:
  • Mental: None
  • Physical: None
  1. Kidney : 13y Transplanted
I have:
Kidney Transplant

See swwrite's full Nitrofurantoin history

Jun 19, 2014 (Started Jan 09, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    Can’t tell (for UTI symptoms)
  • Side effects
    Severe (Atrial Fibrillation)
  • Adherence
    Never taken as prescribed
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Advice & Tips: I took one dose for a UTI and within 2 hours experienced severe, crushing chest pain. Called 911 and was taken by ambulance to hospital with heart rate of 230. Have been on meds for AFib ever since. No one has ever established a direct correlation, but I had never before and never since had an episode of AFib.

  • 0 helpful marks
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