Brand name: Macrobid
Generic name: Nitrofurantoin Macrocrystals
Used for: Treat urinary tract infection (UTI)
Availability: Brand Macrobid (Allergan), Generic Nitrofurantoin 100mg
How Macrobid Works
Macrobid (Nitrofurantoin Macrocrystals) is an antibiotic that fights bacteria in the body, specifically urinary tract infections (UTIs). It may also be used in for other infections. Macrobid works in a different way from many other antibiotics. Macrobid is taken by mouth, meaning most of it gets filtered out of your blood and into your urine. This creates a concentration of the medication right among the bacteria that is causing the urinary tract infection. Once the medication is concentrated near the bacteria, it enters the bacteria cells and inactivates or alters the proteins within the bacteria, killing the cells and treating the infection.
Generic Nitrofurantoin vs Brand Macrobid
Brand and generic Macrobid are available with a doctor’s prescription. It is entirely your choice whether you want a brand or generic. The chemical Nitrofurantoin was first developed by Dodd and Stillman, and the pharmaceutical company Allergan markets it as Macrobid in North America. Brand Macrobid and generic Nitrofurantoin are identical in dose, strength, safety, efficacy and its intended use. The biggest difference is that the generic is not manufactured inside an Allergan facility. Rest assured that Blueskydrugs.com only provides you with highest quality generic drugs from reputable generic manufacturers. If you have any concerns, feel free to contact us.
Macrobid Possible side effects
Contact your doctor or pharmacist if you experience side effects and they are severe and bothersome. Most of the side effect are manageable and may go away on their own.
• Gas, upset stomach;
• Headache, dizziness;
• Mild diarrhea;
• Vaginal itching or discharge
Contact your doctor immediately if you notice any of the following side effects:
• Diarrhea that is watery or bloody;
• Fever, chills, body aches, tiredness, unexplained weight loss;
• New or worsening cough, trouble breathing;
• Numbness, tingling, or pain in your hands or feet;
• Signs of liver problems (nausea, upper stomach pain, itching, tired feeling, loss of appetite, dark urine, clay-coloured stools,
• Signs of lupus-like syndrome (joint pain or swelling, fever, swollen glands, muscle aches, chest pain, vomiting, unusual thoughts or
behaviour, patchy skin colour);
• Sudden chest pain or discomfort, wheezing, dry cough
You should not use Macrobid if you are allergic to nitrofurantoin, or if you have severe kidney disease, a history of jaundice or liver problems caused by taking nitrofurantoin, if you are urinating less than usual, or if you are in the last 2 to 4 weeks of pregnancy. To make sure Macrobid is safe for you, tell your doctor if you have kidney disease, anemia, diabetes, an electrolyte imbalance, a vitamin B deficiency, glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase (G6PD) deficiency, or any other type of debilitating disease. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant, as Macrobid can harm a baby in the last 2 to 4 weeks of pregnancy. Do not breastfeed while taking Macrobid, as it can pass into breastmilk and may harm the child. This medication should not be given to a child under 1 month old. Avoid antacids while taking Macrobid, as it can make it harder for your body to absorb nitrofurantoin. Tell your doctor about any medications you are currently taking or have recently taken in order to reduce the risk of interactions.
The generic alternative is not manufactured by the company that makes the brand product.
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