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Nitrofurantoin for Bladder Infection User Reviews

Brand names: Macrobid, Macrodantin, Furadantin

Nitrofurantoin has an average rating of 4.5 out of 10 from a total of 434 reviews for the treatment of Bladder Infection. 30% of reviewers reported a positive experience, while 49% reported a negative experience.

Nitrofurantoin rating summary

4.5/10 average rating

434 ratings from 467 user reviews.

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Reviews for Nitrofurantoin

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

"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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  • Alegna
  • November 11, 2018

Macrobid (nitrofurantoin) "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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  • Peck
  • January 5, 2021

"I am a 45 year old male and I was prescribed this 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 favour, stop reading these reviews as they will just scare you, your Dr 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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Frequently asked questions

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

Macrobid (nitrofurantoin) "I was geniunley 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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  • gotsu...
  • Taken for less than 1 month
  • September 24, 2016

Macrobid (nitrofurantoin) "I am finding it VERY hard to believe these bad reviews of Macrobid.Im thinking these are the apple cider vinegar, D-Mannose and cranberry juice people, NONE of which cure UTIs. I have been battling reccurent and/or relapsing UTI's 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 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 doesnt kill your gut flora Its 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) "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 20's, 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) "I have taken Macrobid many 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 24hours with symptoms and not had Macrobid prescribed. It's a life safer."

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

"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) "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

"This is the 2nd time I have used nitrofurantoin. I start off with 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 - achey, fluey. Both times on the first night I have gone shivery, burning up 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. Lots of visit to the bathroom in the night and I 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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  • Taken for less than 1 month
  • July 7, 2019

Macrobid (nitrofurantoin) "This medicine caused severe lung problems after taking 2 doses. I became septic and was hospitalized for 4 days. I am a nurse and have never been sick in my life. It did clear up my UTI but the respiratory complications nearly killed me! I wish they would pull this dangerous drug off the market."

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  • Dizzy...
  • Taken for less than 1 month
  • March 2, 2020

Macrobid (nitrofurantoin) "The first three days I took 100 mg generic Macrobid twice a day with large meals because it was causing mild queasiness. UTI symptoms subsided. On the 4th day I took with a small breakfast and experienced dizziness and heart pressure. I called the doctor who said that I was on it long enough and to stop. A decade or more ago I took Cipro with no side effects for UTI but now they say Macrobid is better due to antibiotic resistance and targeting UTIs specifically. The dizziness and heart pressure side effects were enough to make me stop and re-consider ever being on this medicine in the future."

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  • Lydia
  • Taken for less than 1 month
  • December 16, 2019

Macrobid (nitrofurantoin) "I had a pretty bad UTI so went to urgent care to get some relief. They prescribed this drug macrobid 100mg x 2 for 5 days. I’m very sensitive to medications. Within 2 doses my constant urge to pee was gone. By the 3rd dose the burning was gone. I’m ending out my 4th day and 8th dose feeling completely better. The drug does cause some drowsiness and I have been dizzy as well, which I got after my first dose. I’ve also had some diarrhea but not too much. After my 8th dose tonight I do feel a little bit queasy.... but all antibiotics have some side effects. I’ll keep taking it. Cipro and Bactrim made me feel way worse."

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  • Deb
  • July 4, 2021

Macrobid (nitrofurantoin) "The first few days after taking Macrobid the symptoms weren’t too bad, I was experiencing a little stomach problems, diarrhea mainly. About day three on I got really sick, really bad nausea and upper belly ache, pounding headaches, felt lightheaded. I couldn’t function, had to lay down and rest all of the time. I realized I was halfway through the dosage and thought I could tough it out, but had to stop at day six, (7 day dosage). This is now day 7, and I haven’t taken any medication but still have strong symptoms, hopefully will reside soon. I will never take this medication again, I felt like my body was being poisoned."

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  • OBXbr...
  • October 1, 2019

Macrobid (nitrofurantoin) "Macrobid DOES help a lot of people with no issues at all. I happened to be one of the people that had a bad reaction, but that’s MY experience. I had to stop taking the medication after the 2nd dose because I quickly had severe pain and burning in my legs. It was so severe it lasted for weeks. I was scared it would never go away. But it did. I was put on a different antibiotic and I was fine. I probably had a rare allergic reaction to it since the severe pain and burning happened so quickly after starting the medication. Don’t let the rare reactions keep you from taking a medication you need, because most people are fine on this."

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  • Knokke
  • March 13, 2017

Macrobid (nitrofurantoin) "I have taken this medication tons of times and every time without side effects. It is the only thing I can take to take care of my UTIs. I took it off and on in the past for UTIs due to having 4 urether instead of two. Then I had to take it for 9 months while I was pregnant (one a day for prevention), never had a problem. Now years later, Just had a hysterectomy and had a UTI again. Asked for macrobid and within two days the pain is gone and I am getting better. Couldn't live without this medicine. I don't know what these people are talking about."

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  • MadWo...
  • Taken for less than 1 month
  • November 13, 2019

Macrobid (nitrofurantoin) "If I could give macorbid a score of a negative 1 million I would! Because of this antibiotic I have been sick for 4 days. Had to take a trip to the ER and had 2 bags of IV fluids put in me and a chest x ray. All for a simple bladder infection. As soon as I took the first pill I was instantly sick. I ended up taking 3 of my doses and stopped. I have chest pain, nausea, headaches and very tired. Bladder infection gone in 24 hours but I’m sick as a dog. I’m so angry this pill was prescribed to me. By the looks of it I don't think it should be on the market!!! Do not take! Drink some cranberry juice."

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  • Danie...
  • February 10, 2017

Macrobid (nitrofurantoin) "Both extremes of Macrobid are accurate. I've had a lot of UTIs- to the point of having Macrobid prescribed with refills as needed. I never experienced any symptoms and this stuff was like a miracle. Took 24 hrs to kick in and felt great. I didn't get a UTI for 2 years and then just got one. I took Macrobid and it has made me feel horrible! I feel weak, have no energy, am always dizzy, have headaches, diarrhea, bad pain around my lymph nodes and always feel like I need to throw up. Fortunately I'm a sahm (stay at home mom) so I'm able to deal with it at home, but I had to have someone take my child to school because I couldn't get out of bed! Also it feels like it hasn't completely started working. So it can be great and horrible, even with the same person!"

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  • Laine...
  • Taken for less than 1 month
  • April 20, 2017

Macrobid (nitrofurantoin) "After being prescribed Monurol (a single dose, powder satchet antibiotic) for a pretty nasty Bladder Infection, I had to go back to the doctor because I was still in serious pain. My family doctor prescribed Macrobid, and after taking ONE dose, I started to have relief. I'm pretty sensitive to medications, I usually get the full list of side-effects; headache, nausea, diarrhoea, but with Macrobid, absolutely nothing-not even the weird possible "darkening of urine". Believe me, I'm a big baby, I'd whine about anything, this medication was amazing."

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  • Lulu
  • Taken for less than 1 month
  • December 6, 2019

Macrobid (nitrofurantoin) "I was prescribed this medication due to a kidney infection. I must say by the second day of taking the medication I was able to void (pee). The lower back pains subside a little I was elated that I was able to move. I advice to always eat first before taking any antibiotics it could be a little harsh on your stomach. I will definitely take this medication again. Keep in mind that every medication has a side effect everyone tolerate medication very differently. Give the medication some time to work you can also take two Tylenol with your antibiotics to avoid headaches. Feel better soon everyone"

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  • Nanny...
  • Taken for less than 1 month
  • February 2, 2015

Macrobid (nitrofurantoin) "I was prescribed this based on my symptoms and prior to the lab results coming back. My first dose was at 7 pm and the second at 7 am. By lunch the blood in my urine was gone and the pains were subsiding. I took as scheduled with no side effects and when my cultures came back it was confirmed a bladder infection. This medicine is fantastic."

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  • Amysc...
  • Taken for less than 1 month
  • November 24, 2019

Macrobid (nitrofurantoin) "I am on day 2 of the medication nitrofurantoin for a bladder infection. Bactrim never works for my UTIs, Cipro makes me hallucinate, so the doctor prescribed Macrobid. All symptoms of UTI are gone. I do have some nausea, bloating, loose stool, even with probiotics, but all the side effects are so much better than having a UTI. I hope the rest of my treatment course stays like this. Bottom line, this medication has been effective and I would take it again for my UTIs."

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  • Rev
  • Taken for less than 1 month
  • February 16, 2020

Macrobid (nitrofurantoin) "This is the second time I've used Macrobid and I've concluded it does not work for me. With other antibiotics, I've gotten relief from UTIs within hours. Not with this stuff. I'm on day 3 and my symptoms keep returning along with nausea and diarrhea. I can't wait to get some Bactrim"

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  • Anonymous
  • February 13, 2015

Macrobid (nitrofurantoin) "After reading the reviews of Macrobid, I was terrified to take it. As a person with severe acid reflux and irritable bowel syndrome, I was scared that I would have all these terrible experiences that people were describing. However, all of my doses were taken with a COMPLETE meal and I did not suffer from any side effects except for a slight headache."

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  • Anonymous
  • January 18, 2010

Macrobid (nitrofurantoin) "I am on my seventh day on Macrobid and still having UTI symptoms. I have nausea, headache, abdominal cramping, irritability, loss of appetite, weakness, joint aches, and tiredness. This is the most ridiculous antibiotic that I've ever taken! It makes me feel like I've been hit by a bus and still doesn't seem like the UTI is better."

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