Nitrofurantoin antibiotics also known as MacroBid are used to fight bacteria and urinary tract infections. Nitrofurantoin is one of the preferred antibiotics to cure cystitis and reduce recurring infections along with Trimethoprim.You can buy Nitrofurantoin online through our online doctor and pharmacy service by filling in a simple questionnaire. One of our GMC registered British doctors will review your answers and issue a prescription to be dispensed and dispatched from our NHS pharmacy.We guarantee a completely safe and confidential service and supply genuine UK licensed medicine online. Your medicine will be posted in plain discreet packaging.
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What is nitrofurantoin?
Nitrofurantoin is an antibiotic used to treat urinary tract infections (UTIs) such as cystitis. It targets the bacteria which has caused the infection and prevents it from multiplying before it can spread to the kidneys and lead to a more serious condition. This reduces the symptoms associated with cystitis, such as pain when urinating, the need to urinate more frequently, and pain in the lower abdomen.
How long does the treatment last for?
One course of nitrofurantoin lasts 3 days, within which period the symptoms of cystitis will have cleared or significantly reduced.
Does nitrofurantoin alter the effectiveness of the contraceptive pill?
As with other antibiotics, nitrofurantoin can reduce the effectiveness of the contraceptive pill and you should take additional precautions to prevent pregnancy (e.g. use of a condom).
Is there any alternative treatments for cystitis?
Trimethoprim is also prescribed by the doctor as a short course to cure cystitis. It also helps reduce the risk of recurring infections in the future.
Nitrofurantoin should not be taken if you are in the final weeks of pregnancy, breastfeeding, allergic to any of the ingredients, or are suffering from a kidney disease, porphyria or G6PD. Seek medical advice before taking nitrofurantoin if you have diabetes, anaemia, or have illnesses of the liver, lungs or nervous system. Driving and operating machinery should be avoided as this medication may cause dizziness and drowsiness.
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While Nitrofurantoin and alcohol do not have any known interactions, it is still not a good idea to mix the two. Moderate alcohol consumption (one glass a day for women and two glasses a day for men) has been shown to have no negative effect on Nitrofurantoin. However, if you drink excessive amounts, it could cause serious health problems and may reduce the drug’s effectiveness.
The antibacterial Nitrofurantoin is used primarily to treat urinary tract infections. It gets rid of bacteria in the body but at the same time can cause a few side effects. A potent medication like this is never going to be without at least some side effects, and you should know what those are before you agree to start using it. It should be noted that not everyone will share the same side effects, and while one person’s may be mild, another person’s can be quite severe. You simply won’t know what kind of side effects you will end up with until you start to take the drug.That being said, we do have a good idea as to what side effects should be expected, just from research and tests already performed on the drug. If, for some reason, you start to experience any side effects beyond those listed here while taking the drug, you need to let your doctor know right away.
Your doctor may prescribe Nitrofurantoin to treat a urinary tract infection. However, this drug can be used to combat a host of bacterial infections. Due to the risk of side effects, though, you need to be careful about the amount of the drug you take at once. An overdose can exacerbate common side effects and make them much worse, and it is important to follow your doctor’s advice about how to use the drug. Misuse of Nitrofurantoin can result in it being ineffective for treatment and may cause you to develop severe symptoms.
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