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Nitrofurantoin Medication Information

A prescription medicine, nitrofurantoin is used for the treatment and prevention of urinary tract infections (UTIs). It is sold under the brand names Furadantin®, Macrobid®, and Macrodantin®. Nitrofurantoin works in a unique way, compared to other antibiotics. In bacterial cells, the medication is changed into a highly reactive form that destroys certain bacterial proteins and molecules.
Possible side effects of nitrofurantoin include vomiting, nausea, and loss of appetite. However, most people tolerate it well; if side effects do occur, they tend to be minor and easy to treat. To help ensure a safe treatment process, discuss the medication's safety information with your healthcare provider before starting treatment.
It's also important to make sure your healthcare provider is aware of any medicines you are taking and any other medical conditions you have, such as diabetes, anemia, or kidney disease.
(To learn more about this medication, click Nitrofurantoin. This article offers in-depth information on the drug's uses, dosing guidelines, safety precautions, and more.)
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