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Ensuring Your Safety With Nitrofurantoin

What Should I Tell My Healthcare Provider?

Prior to taking this drug, talk to your healthcare provider if you have:
 
  • Kidney disease, such as kidney failure (renal failure)
  • Glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase deficiency
  • Anemia
  • Diabetes
  • An electrolyte imbalance
  • Vitamin B deficiency
  • Any allergies, including to food, dyes, or preservatives.
     
Also, let your healthcare provider know if you are:
 
Tell your healthcare provider about all medicines you are taking, including prescription and nonprescription medications, vitamins, and herbal supplements.
 
(Click Precautions and Warnings With Nitrofurantoin to learn more, including information on who should not take the drug.)
 

How Does Nitrofurantoin Work?

Nitrofurantoin works in a unique way, compared to other antibiotics. In bacterial cells, the drug is changed into a highly reactive form that destroys certain bacterial proteins and molecules. As a result, the drug interferes with bacteria's ability to make essential cell components such as protein, DNA, and cell walls.
 
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