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 53 14
Prevent infection 53 30
Urinary tract infection 8 6
Support urinary health 3 2
Frequent urination 2 2

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  • 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 9
Mild 14
None 61

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 14 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Nitrofurantoin

Dosage Patients
100 mg daily 9
50 mg daily 3
25 mg daily 2
75 mg daily 2
100 mg twice daily 2
100mg as needed 2
25-75 mg twice daily 1
50 mg twice daily 1
75 mg twice daily 1
50mg as needed 1

Why patients stopped taking Nitrofurantoin

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Course of treatment ended 46
Doctor's advice 21
Other 9
Did not seem to work 6
Side effects too severe 3
Personal research 2
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Duration

Currently taking Nitrofurantoin

Duration Patients
1 - 6 months 1
6 months - 1 year 1
1 - 2 years 1
2 - 5 years 11
5 - 10 years 5
10 years or more 5

Stopped taking Nitrofurantoin

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 36
1 - 6 months 9
6 months - 1 year 6
1 - 2 years 10
2 - 5 years 9
5 - 10 years 4
10 years or more 2
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 74
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 9
Not at all hard to take 69
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 1
$100-199 0
$50-99 3
$25-49 3
< $25 37
Not specified 40

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Nitrofurantoin after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Sulfamethoxazole-Trimethoprim (cotrimoxazole) (Bactrim) 3
Cephalexin (Keflex) 2
Ciprofloxacin (Cipro) 2
Cefuroxime (Ceftin) 1

Patients stopped taking Nitrofurantoin and switched to:

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

May 20, 2018 (Started May 16, 2018)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for UTI symptoms)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 100 mg Twice daily

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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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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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