Uses

Nitrofurantoin is an antibiotic used to treat or prevent certain bladder infections. It works by stopping the growth of bacteria.This antibiotic treats only bacterial infections. It will not work for viral infections (such as common cold, flu). Using any antibiotic when it is not needed can cause it to not work for future infections.This medication should not be used in infants younger than 1 month old (see also Precautions section). This drug should not be used to treat infections outside the bladder (including kidney infections such as pyelonephritis or perinephric abscesses).

How to use nitrofurantoin oral

Shake the bottle well before each dose. Take this medication by mouth with food as directed by your doctor. This medication is usually taken 4 times daily to treat an infection or once daily at bedtime to prevent infections.

The dosage and length of treatment is based on your medical condition and response to therapy. For children, the dosage is also based on the body weight.

This drug may be mixed into water, juice, milk, or formula to improve the taste. Rinse the mouth after each dose to help prevent temporary staining of the teeth.

Do not use magnesium trisilicate-containing antacids while taking this medication. These antacids can bind with nitrofurantoin, preventing its full absorption into your system.

For the best effect, take this antibiotic at evenly spaced times. To help you remember, take this medication at the same time(s) every day.

When taking this medication to prevent infection, take it exactly as directed by your doctor. Do not skip doses or stop taking it without your doctor's approval. Inform your doctor if you notice signs of a bladder infection (e.g., pain while you are urinating).

If you are taking this medication to treat an infection, continue to take this medication until the full prescribed amount is finished, even if symptoms disappear after a few days. Stopping the medication too early may allow bacteria to continue to grow, which may result in a return of the infection. Inform your doctor if your condition persists or worsens.

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