What is Nitrofurantoin?

Category: Prescription Drugs

Most popular types: Macrobid Macrodantin 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 14
Prevent infection 51 26
UTI symptoms 47 33
UTI (Urinary Tract Infection) 7 5
Recurring Urinary Tract Infection UTI 5 3
Bladder infection 3 3

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 0
Moderate 10
Mild 13
None 54

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Nitrofurantoin

Side effect Patients
Diarrhea 2
Abdominal cramps 1
Abnormal urine color 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 7
50 mg daily 4
75 mg daily 3
25 mg daily 1
25-75 mg twice daily 1
75 mg twice daily 1
100mg as needed 1
25-75mg as needed 1
50mg as needed 1
macrocrystals-monohydrate100mg as needed 1

Why patients stopped taking Nitrofurantoin

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Reason Patients
Course of treatment ended 43
Doctor's advice 17
Other 8
Did not seem to work 5
Side effects too severe 3
Personal research 1
See all 68 patients who’ve stopped taking Nitrofurantoin

Duration

Currently taking Nitrofurantoin

Duration Patients
6 months - 1 year 3
1 - 2 years 6
2 - 5 years 3
5 - 10 years 5
10 years or more 4

Stopped taking Nitrofurantoin

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 33
1 - 6 months 9
6 months - 1 year 7
1 - 2 years 8
2 - 5 years 8
5 - 10 years 3
10 years or more 2
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 67
Usually 5
Sometimes 3
Never taken as prescribed 2
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 61
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 1
$100-199 0
$50-99 3
$25-49 3
< $25 36
Not specified 34

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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13 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

  • 0 helpful marks
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

  • 0 helpful marks
jiwhite
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jiwhite
Gender: F
Data Quality: 1 star
Depression: 0
Mania: 0
Emotional: 0
Anxiety: 1
Compulsion: 1
External Stress: Severe
48 F
Function: High
Distress: Low
I am: g
I have:
GAD

See jiwhite's full Nitrofurantoin history

May 16, 2014 (Started May 09, 2014)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for UTI (Urinary Tract Infection))
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Frequent urination)
  • Side effects
    Mild (Nausea)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
Dosage: 150 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

May 10, 2014 (Started May 09, 2014)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for UTI (Urinary Tract Infection))
  • Side effects
    Mild (Nausea)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 150 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks
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