nitrofurantoin monohydrate - nitrofurantoin macrocrystals
In this drug factsheet:DIN (Drug Identification Number)
|02063662 ||MACROBID 100MG CAPSULE|
How does this medication work? What will it do for me?
Nitrofurantoin belongs to the class of medications called antibiotics. It is used to treat urinary tract infections or bladder infections caused by certain types of bacteria. It helps to eliminate the symptoms of urinary tract infections such as burning, pain, frequent urination, and a constant urge to urinate.
Your doctor may have suggested this medication for conditions other than the ones listed in these drug information articles. As well, some forms of this medication may not be used for all of the conditions discussed here. If you have not discussed this with your doctor or are not sure why you are taking this medication, speak to your doctor. Do not stop taking this medication without consulting your doctor.
Do not give this medication to anyone else, even if they have the same symptoms as you do. It can be harmful for people to take this medication if their doctor has not prescribed it.
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How should I use this medication?
The recommended dose of this medication for adults and children over 12 years old is 100 mg twice daily. Nitrofurantoin should be taken with food or milk to reduce the risk of stomach upset.
Many things can affect the dose of medication that a person needs, such as body weight, other medical conditions, and other medications. If your doctor has recommended a dose different from the ones listed here, do not change the way that you are taking the medication without consulting your doctor.
It is important to take this medication exactly as prescribed by your doctor. Finish all of this medication, even if you start to feel better. If you miss a dose, take it as soon as possible and continue with your regular schedule. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and continue with your regular dosing schedule. Do not take a double dose to make up for a missed one. If you are not sure what to do after missing a dose, contact your doctor or pharmacist for advice.
Store this medication at room temperature, protect it from light and moisture, and keep it out of the reach of children.
Do not dispose of medications in wastewater (e.g. down the sink or in the toilet) or in household garbage. Ask your pharmacist how to dispose of medications that are no longer needed or have expired.
What form(s) does this medication come in?
Each opaque, black and yellow, hard shell gelatin capsule, imprinted "Macrobid" on the black portion and "Norwich Eaton" on the yellow portion, contains the equivalent of 100 mg of nitrofurantoin in the form of nitrofurantoin macrocrystals and nitrofurantoin monohydrate. Nonmedicinal ingredients: carbomer 934P, compressible sugar, corn starch, D&C Yellow No. 10, edible gray ink, FD&C Blue No. 1, FD&C Red No. 40, gelatin, lactose, magnesium stearate, povidone, talc, and titanium dioxide.
Who should NOT take this medication?
Do not take nitrofurantoin if you:
- are allergic to nitrofurantoin or any ingredients of the medication
- have significantly reduced kidney function
- are a pregnant woman in labour or a pregnant woman expecting to go into labour soon (i.e., close to your due date)
Do not give this medication to infants under one month of age.