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Nitrofurantoin User Reviews & Ratings

Brand names: Macrobid, Macrodantin, Furadantin

Nitrofurantoin has an average rating of 4.4 out of 10 from a total of 1,843 reviews on Drugs.com. 30% of reviewers reported a positive experience, while 52% reported a negative experience.

Reviews for Nitrofurantoin

  • danab...
  • May 22, 2021

Macrobid (nitrofurantoin) for Urinary Tract Infection "Let me guess... you have a UTI and you're researching the med the doctor prescribed. You're slowly starting to panic because all the reviews are telling you not to take this poison. I was in the same spot. All I can say is: Take the med. I took each pill with food. First dose after McDonald's because I was a nervous Nelly and if I was going to take this awful pill, it was going to be with a treat. Second dose was after I ate a McFlurry I had saved. I also took it various times with a bagel, spaghetti, and Taco Bell. Before you judge me, it's the weekend so I did, in fact, have McDonald's and Taco Bell. After the first pill, I had a headache. I had some gas-type discomfort and a little bit of bloating, but that's really it. Within 4 hours or so, I was feeling relief and no longer breathing fire out of my urethra. I promise it's worth it to take away a hideous UTI. Don't be scared by these reviews, please! You will be okay. And take it with a McFlurry."

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  • Runne...
  • Taken for less than 1 month
  • March 9, 2020

Macrobid (nitrofurantoin) for Urinary Tract Infection "Came on to share my experience after seeing all of the bad reviews. I have not experienced any side effects from Macrobid, and haven't always eaten with a large meal. Very well tolerated and provided relief from painful UTI after only a few doses. I tend to react to antibiotics but no issues with this one."

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  • Chern...
  • December 16, 2020

Macrobid (nitrofurantoin) for Urinary Tract Infection "I was feeling lousy from my UTI and I was prescribed Macrobid, and I had zero side effects!! I'm hypersensitive to any pill I put in my body, so I was nervous at first. But I woke up the next morning, and the UTI pains and nausea were gone! I felt and am feeling so much better!! I feel back to normal, if not better! Thank God!"

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  • TMano
  • Taken for less than 1 month
  • October 25, 2020

Macrobid (nitrofurantoin) for Urinary Tract Infection "DO NOT RECOMMEND THIS DRUG. I feel like my feet are plugged into an electrical socket - the worst pain I've ever felt. Side effects mentioned tingling, but I feel like I'm being electrocuted - it's THAT PAINFUL. My vision is blurred. I spent days sweating, with fever and chills. I thought I had coronavirus and a UTI. The first pill delivered the most intense headache on earth - I needed a pain pill to counteract it. Dizziness and fatigue hit me where I slept all day after the second pill. It wasn't until day 3 that I realized it was Macrobid making me so sick, as I was fine before. When my feet began feeling like they were literally set ablaze from the inside out, I stopped taking this stuff immediately. I stopped yesterday and still have an excruciating burning pain in my feet and a tingling sensation in my hands. If this still has me in this level of pain on Monday, I'm calling a lawyer. I've never experienced ANY side effects from medicine, and with this one, I've experienced them all. This is poison! Do not take it."

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  • Say...
  • Taken for less than 1 month
  • October 4, 2020

For Bladder Infection "Do not take nitrofurantoin. There is a good chance, like me, you will experience heart palpitations, syncope, shortness of breath, severe headaches, tingling/numbness, belching, lethargy, depression, anxiety, swollen bladder, just to name a few. Take this drug off the market now before someone is severely injured by it. Coming from a nurse!"

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  • chicky
  • Taken for less than 1 month
  • November 19, 2019

Macrobid (nitrofurantoin) for Urinary Tract Infection "Let me just say, I was terrified to begin this antibiotic Macrobid because of all of the reviews. But let me say I am so glad I did. Ladies, PLEASE do not let these reviews scare you away. First, it is incredibly important to take the antibiotic to get rid of the infection before it gets serious. Second, all of these side effects will not affect most people - people who have bad experiences are so much more likely to leave a review. If something works fine, people just get on with their lives. I know everyone’s body takes meds differently, but this is literally the top-line, MOST COMMONLY prescribed medication for UTIs. Thousands of women get prescribed this every day and have no effects. I have not had ANY side effects, and I’m feeling so so much better already. Don’t let these scare you and help your body heal!!!! Just make sure you eat your yogurt and probiotics to keep away the yeast infections!!"

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  • 311
  • Taken for less than 1 month
  • September 27, 2020

Macrobid (nitrofurantoin) for Urinary Tract Infection "I am a woman in her 40s. I can’t speak for all women, but for me, my UTIs have been getting worse with age. The pain and burning are almost unbearable. I don’t remember my 20s being this bad. That being said, I was always put on Cipro with the worst side effects that after day 3, I usually quit them altogether. I recently had a UTI and was put on Macrobid twice a day for 5 days. I am a small woman, only 113 pounds. The first day, I took a pill in the morning and at night; I only had half the capsule. I had absolutely no side effects, and the antibiotic worked within hours. Relief was amazing. This is the third day for me, and I plan on doing the same thing. I’m not telling you to do what I did; I’m just telling you that, for me, it worked. Also, please grab D-mannose. It is a supplement that keeps UTIs away for good. I got lazy and quit buying it, and boom, have sex, and get a UTI. I wish you all great health!"

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  • Alegna
  • November 11, 2018

Macrobid (nitrofurantoin) for Bladder Infection "MOST reviews on the internet are going to be more negative than positive. If you had a bad experience, you're more likely to share than if the experience was fine. There are thousands of people using these meds every day and they are fine, so you never read about it. Let me reassure you it worked just fine. I always ate food WITH it and drank lots of water and took a daily probiotic. I had a mild headache on the 2nd day and a little stomach cramps/loose stools by the 4th day, but nothing that major. It took 4 days for my UTI symptoms to go away, and by the last day, day 7, back to normal. Some of the negative symptoms people describe are also the same symptoms you get when your UTI gets advanced or worse... not every antibiotic will work for every infection. Not necessarily a bad reaction, just not working. This med has been around for 50+ years and targets your urinary tract. It gets filtered through your kidneys and gets right to the source. Don't be afraid, if your doc thinks you need it."

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  • Ray
  • Taken for less than 1 month
  • February 10, 2020

Macrobid (nitrofurantoin) for Urinary Tract Infection "I've been reading the reviews and freaking out. I've had MANY bladder infections in my 18 years on this planet (sucks). But I've always been prescribed Bactrim. But that was always by my pediatrician, so I'm in between doctors right now. I went to an online doctor through my insurance company, and they prescribed me Macrobid. I honestly broke down into tears after reading everyone's bad reviews. But I took my first pill today about 2 hours ago, and the only side effect I've felt is feeling kind of heavy and fatigued. I ate dinner before taking it and have been drinking water consistently since taking it. I feel pretty good! Sorry to everyone who's had a bad experience; I hope y'all get better and that I don't have any of them."

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  • Peck
  • January 5, 2021

For Bladder Infection "I am a 45-year-old male and I was prescribed nitrofurantoin on Boxing Day 2020 as I developed a UTI. I read the reviews on here which really put me off taking them. I decided I wasn't going to take them, but the pain got worse, so the next day I bit the bullet and started my 7-day course. I must admit, I had NO side effects and by day 2, I started to feel a little better, and by day 5, I was back to normal. I completed the course, and I am glad I opted to take them in the end. People mainly leave reviews if they have a bad experience and hardly ever if they have had a good one. Do yourself a favor, stop reading these reviews as they will just scare you. Your doctor obviously thinks you need this medication and the benefits outweigh the risks. Give it a go, I'm glad I did."

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  • Lizzie
  • Taken for less than 1 month
  • April 14, 2021

Macrobid (nitrofurantoin) for Urinary Tract Infection "My daughter-in-law took this medication at the beginning of January and got sick, so sick she was admitted to the hospital. They took all kinds of tests, sent her home not able to figure out what was causing her symptoms. Within a week she was turning yellow with jaundice and so much sicker; my son took her back to the hospital. By that night, she was airlifted to a hospital three hours away. Her liver completely shut down, and she was lucky to have received a new liver within the week, a total transplant. So at 35 with a one-year-old, she still can’t even pick up yet. She has suffered greatly. Her transplant doctors told her they believed it was this drug. Check it out, way down the list of things that can go wrong would be “Liver tissue death”. Now this drug may help some, but I would not use it!"

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  • Sadams
  • February 25, 2021

Macrobid (nitrofurantoin) for Urinary Tract Infection "NEVER TAKE THIS DRUG!! After taking my second dose, I developed VIOLENT vomiting, diarrhea, severe body aches, extremely high heart rate, low oxygen levels, and shortness of breath. Fever, chills, an inability to move with severe fatigue. It’s now 42 hours after my last dose and I am better. We are in a pandemic and having all these symptoms sure did scare me. I do NOT EVER recommend this drug to ANYONE! Horrible! I’m obviously not the only one. I wish I had read the reviews before I took this Med!"

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  • Sarah...
  • Taken for less than 1 month
  • November 21, 2019

Macrobid (nitrofurantoin) for Urinary Tract Infection "I’m leaving this review for people (like myself) who google EVERYTHING before they try something. I have A LOT of anxiety so reading these reviews made me very nervous about starting this med. I was given cipro 3 days ago for a UTI/kidney infection and spent the whole night throwing up, and pain etc. went back to the doctor and she prescribed Macrobid. It’s been 2 days that I have been taking it and so far, so good. Yes, you have to eat with it or I get mild nausea. I find myself more tired but that’s ok with me...I need sleep! I have been drinking a lot more water (I’m a huge water drinker to begin with) this med makes me thirsty. I’m glad I tried it and didn’t let the reviews get the best of me! I don’t know how it’s working for the UTI because I didn’t have any symptoms other than back pain. It was the urine results that warranted the medication. Everyone reacts differently to medications. So please take these reviews with a grain of salt. Good luck to everyone out there!!"

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  • JLano
  • Taken for less than 1 month
  • October 30, 2019

Macrobid (nitrofurantoin) for Urinary Tract Infection "I’m just finishing up seven days of Macrobid and the negative reviews worried me. This is only the second UTI I’ve ever had, and I don’t take antibiotics often. So, with that said, I like to do research, but I’m here to tell you I didn’t even have ONE bad reaction. The UTI was gone by the next day. I was actually able to have some UTI relief after just one dose of Macrobid. Think of all the thousands of people taking Macrobid daily that don’t come on here and state their positive reactions. Forums like this are equivalent to Yelp; most people will just pop on to complain about their bad reaction, but there are way more good than bad, so don’t let them scare you away. If you don’t feel good after your first dose, just don’t take the next one before talking to your doctor. UTIs can be dangerous, so it’s important that you have adequate medication pumping through you."

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  • Truthie
  • Taken for less than 1 month
  • June 26, 2020

Macrobid (nitrofurantoin) for Prevention of Bladder infection "Was put on Macrobid when my yearly physical lab showed a slightly higher WBC in urine. After 2 doses, I began with chills and fever. I had three days of 104 temp, nausea, and vomiting; even water would not stay down. As a senior adult living alone, I feared the need for IV and hospital treatment but would not go due to Covid. I called my doctor back and was told to go get tested for Covid. They offered no other reason for my ills. I did my own research and took myself off of the drug. 24 hours later, no chills, fever is normal, no vomiting. This was like poisoning my body. Never again! My daughters had similar experiences also. Be aware if taking this drug. I do not think it should be on the market."

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  • NotMy...
  • Taken for less than 1 month
  • January 14, 2021

Macrobid (nitrofurantoin) for Urinary Tract Infection "I went to the doctor for a complaint of a UTI. The doctor prescribed Macrobid for 5 days, twice a day. It definitely worked for the UTI within 2 days, but I had severe side effects: sharp abdominal pains, urine turned dark orange, no appetite, headaches, terrible nausea, left shoulder pain, back pain, tired, almost felt like my head was in the clouds. When I finished the medication, I felt worse. I felt like I wanted to cry. I felt confused, still no appetite, I didn’t feel like myself at all. Stomach cramping pains still with a distended abdomen. I literally almost felt like a walking zombie. I’m still getting abdominal cramps and a swollen abdomen. I need to see my doctor. I’m never taking this medication again."

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  • taylo...
  • Taken for less than 1 month
  • August 7, 2019

Macrobid (nitrofurantoin) for Bladder Infection "I was genuinely terrified to take these tablets after reading the reviews and having an extreme phobia of being sick. I have just completed my course and I wish I never read them as I was absolutely fine and was worried over nothing the entire time. Within a day, I felt so much better with my infection! Whenever I took a tablet, I drank 2 pints of water, just to be safe, and ate a couple of slices of bread which seemed to work. The only side effect I had was slightly loose stool for the first day or so. I had to take 2 slow-releasing tablets a day for 7 days. Don't pay attention to the reviews as it'll be different for everyone!"

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  • Demi
  • Taken for less than 1 month
  • February 1, 2021

Macrobid (nitrofurantoin) for Urinary Tract Infection "Had a UTI that Keflex could not treat. I could tell it was getting worse. Got Macrobid, a few hours after the first pill I felt better. I did take it with food and lots of water. The only symptom I experienced was headaches. Took all the 7 days worth of meds and it wasn't bad at all. I was super scared to take it because of the reviews but I was like... you know what, everyone's body is different and I didn't want the UTI to get worse. So if you got this medication, please take it with food and drink a ton of water."

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  • gotsu...
  • Taken for less than 1 month
  • September 24, 2016

Macrobid (nitrofurantoin) for Bladder Infection "I am finding it VERY hard to believe these bad reviews of Macrobid. I'm thinking these are the apple cider vinegar, D-Mannose, and cranberry juice people, NONE of which cure UTIs. I have been battling recurrent and/or relapsing UTIs for a few years, despite being celibate. Up until now, Bactrim worked. Yes, it gave me a headache and made my heart race, but it worked. Then I tried Monurol, worked a few times, expensive beyond, then stopped. Yesterday I tried Macrobid for the first time, no side effects. Had I listened to these reviews, I would have killed myself before taking it. It seems to be working. It doesn't kill your gut flora. It's considered one of the SAFEST of the UTI drugs. All I can say is do not be afraid to try it!"

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  • Galli...
  • Taken for less than 1 month
  • May 4, 2020

Macrobid (nitrofurantoin) for Bladder Infection "I was prescribed 5 days' worth of 100mg Macrobid for a UTI. It was working, but very slowly. It did not clear up my UTI, and it got worse again. I talked to a friend who had been prescribed it multiple times, and it never works for her and caused a kidney infection due to its impotency. I read online that it doesn't work for older women, but we are in our early 20s, so it's not just older women. I do not recommend Macrobid especially after reading all of these other reviews. If you get prescribed it, do yourself a favor and ask for something else."

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  • Mia
  • February 20, 2020

Macrobid (nitrofurantoin) for Bladder Infection "I have taken Macrobid many times. I have never had any side effects, and it clears up immediately. Mind you, I take myself to the clinic the moment I know I have a UTI, which is typically cramping and pressure in my lower abdomen followed by issues urinating. I only ever get these symptoms after intercourse when I do not relieve myself almost immediately. I've never gone over 24 hours with symptoms and not had Macrobid prescribed. It's a lifesaver."

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  • Esti
  • Taken for less than 1 month
  • May 27, 2020

For Bladder Infection "Prescribed for a very mild UTI, wish I never had, severe headache, stiff neck and shoulder muscles like cement, nausea, feels like brain is swooshing with movement, exhausted, emotional. Possibly the worst side effects I have ever had of any medication. Have never had any trouble with an antibiotic. I'm only 2 days in and 5 to go, I'm so tired, my hand is getting tired and strained for effort just to type this. Sounds all exaggerated, but I feel utterly terrible."

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  • Mel
  • Taken for less than 1 month
  • October 24, 2020

Macrobid (nitrofurantoin) for Bladder Infection "Just taken four Macrobid tablets over two days. Had a headache yesterday and felt sick this morning. Worst issue is it’s made me pee more and I’m having to rush to the loo at the last minute as the urge comes on suddenly. Good news is the strange tingling feeling has gone when I pee and it’s no longer painful."

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  • Flower
  • Taken for less than 1 month
  • September 13, 2020

For Bladder Infection "This is the 2nd time I have used nitrofurantoin. I start off with a water infection, take the 1st tablet, and it starts to ease some of the symptoms. Then evening comes, and I start to feel really unwell - loss of appetite, like I have to get into bed as I feel so ill - achy, flu-like. Both times on the first night I have gone shivery, burning up with the worst fevers ever, my body feels like it is going into shut down and I feel like it is the end of my life. I have lots of visits to the bathroom in the night and leak so much. I am so weak the next day. I am out of it, asleep. Still no appetite, and the only drink that satisfies me is orange juice. This antibiotic helps with the infection, but the tablets attack my system in a way that frightens me."

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  • Reign
  • Taken for less than 1 month
  • November 25, 2019

Macrobid (nitrofurantoin) for Urinary Tract Infection "After reading all the horror stories, I was dreading taking this, but I’m hoping my experience will help others out! I was diagnosed with a UTI. My OBGYN prescribed Bactrim, in which I had a horrible reaction and found out I had an allergy to, so she switched it to Macrobid. I was afraid to take it since everyone on here seems to complain; however, I read a successful post where one girl said she took it with a muffin, so that’s what I did. I ate a HEAVY meal, then waited about 30-45 minutes. I took a jumbo muffin and ate half of it, then took the pill, and then ate the remaining half of the muffin. No nausea, no diarrhea, no dizziness, nothing! Now keep in mind that all of our bodies are different, and so are our tolerances, but this is not as bad as it seems if you drink plenty of water and eat lots of food prior to taking it, including bread items! Best of luck!"

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