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User Reviews for Nitrofurantoin to treat Urinary Tract Infection

Also known as: Macrobid, Macrodantin, Furadantin

Nitrofurantoin has an average rating of 4.2 out of 10 from a total of 1048 ratings for the treatment of Urinary Tract Infection. 26% of reviewers reported a positive effect, while 55% reported a negative effect.

Nitrofurantoin Rating Summary

4.2/10 average rating

1048 ratings from 1134 user reviews.

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Reviews for Nitrofurantoin

danabino May 22, 2021

Macrobid (nitrofurantoin): “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 McDonalds 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 McDonalds 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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Runnergirl · Taken for less than 1 month March 9, 2020

Macrobid (nitrofurantoin): “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.”

10 / 10
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Chernobyl December 16, 2020

Macrobid (nitrofurantoin): “I was feeling lousy from my UTI and I was prescribed macrobid and I had zero side effects..!! I'm hyper sensitive to any pill I put in my body, so I was nervous at 1st. But I woke up the next morning and the UTI pains and nausea were gone! I felt and am feeling SOOOO much better!! I feel back to normal, if not better! Thank God!”

10 / 10
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TM · Taken for less than 1 month October 25, 2020

Macrobid (nitrofurantoin): “DO NOT RECOMMENDED THIS DRUG. I feel like my feet are plugged into an electrical socket- the worst pain I've ever felt. Side effects mentioned tingle but I feel like I'm being electrocuted- it's THAT PAINFUL. My vision is blurred. I spent days sweating, fever and chills, I thought I had corona virus and a UTI. 1st pill delivered the most intense headache on earth - needed pain pill to counteract. Dizziness, fatigue where I slept all day after pill 2. It wasn't until day 3 that I realize it was Macrobid making me so sick as I was perfect before. When my feet began feeling like the 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 tingle sensation in my hands. If this still has me in this level of pain 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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311 · Taken for less than 1 month September 27, 2020

Macrobid (nitrofurantoin): “I am a woman in her 40’s, I can’t speak for all women but for me my UTI’s have been getting worse with age. The pain and burning is almost unbearable. I don’t remember my 20’s 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 all together. I recently just had a UTI, I 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 for me it worked. Also please grab D-mannose. It is a supplement that keeps UTI's away for good. I got lazy and quit buying it and boom, have sex and get a uti. I wish you all great health!!”

10 / 10
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Moe July 10, 2021

“I would definitely listen to the reviews. I have never once had a reaction to medication like this. The morning of day three is when I had to pull over my car because I thought I was having a stroke and my friend rushed me to the ER. The day before I had weird arm cramps, abdominal cramps and headache but thought it was due to a possible UTI - then while driving my head felt extreme pressure, my vision blurred, my jaw started chattering, both my arms had numbness down through my hands and my speech was slurred. I am an extremely healthy and athletic 31 year old with no pre existing conditions. When I went to the ER all of my tests came back normal and they sent me home. I immediately stopped taking the medication and continued to have these random “episodes” over the next few days that were less extreme. A week later I am still weak and tired, my primary doctor told me it could be a week to two weeks to work it way out of my system. I’m worried it did permanent damage!”

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

Macrobid (nitrofurantoin): “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 thru 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 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 ”

8 / 10
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Lizzie · Taken for less than 1 month April 14, 2021

Macrobid (nitrofurantoin): “My daughter in law took this medication 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 as causing her symptoms. Within a week she was turning yellow with jaundice and so so much sicker my son took her back to the hospital by that night she was air lifted to a hospital three hours away. Her liver completely shut down, she was lucky to have received a new liver within the week, total transplant. So at 35 with a one year old at that 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 thing 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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chicky · Taken for less than 1 month November 19, 2019

Macrobid (nitrofurantoin): “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 affects 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 different but this is literally the top line MOST COMMONLY prescribed medication for UTIs. Thousands of women get prescribed this every day and have no affects. I have not had ANY side affects and I’m feeling sososo 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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Sadams0815 February 25, 2021

Macrobid (nitrofurantoin): “NEVER TAKE THIS DRUG!!! After taking my second dose I developed VIOLENT vomiting, diarrhea, severe body aches, extremely high heart rate, low oxygen and shortness of breath, fever, chills and 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 which sure did scared 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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SarahBeth · Taken for less than 1 month November 21, 2019

Macrobid (nitrofurantoin): “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 dr 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 different to medications. So please take these reviews with a grain of salt. Good luck to everyone out there!!”

8 / 10
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Demi · Taken for less than 1 month February 1, 2021

Macrobid (nitrofurantoin): “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 with food and drink a ton of water.”

10 / 10
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V · Taken for less than 1 month June 1, 2020

“I was given this drug to treat my UTI. It felt like it started to work on the 3 day. Now on day 4 I start feeling urgency again. I am on a 7 day course. Do I have to wait for the medicine to finish before it starts working. I am so frustrated.”

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NotMyHome · Taken for less than 1 month January 14, 2021

Macrobid (nitrofurantoin): “I went to the doctor for complaint of an UTI. The doctor prescribed Macrobid for 5 days worth, 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 swollen abdomen. I need to see my doctor. I’m never taking this medication again.”

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JL · Taken for less than 1 month October 30, 2019

Macrobid (nitrofurantoin): “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 wayyyy 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. UTI’s can be dangerous so it’s important that you have adequate medication pumping through you.”

10 / 10
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Aster September 24, 2020

Macrobid (nitrofurantoin): “Macrobid was the worst antibiotic I've ever taken. I have never had a UTI and when I saw my Doctor she prescribed Macrobid 2x daily for 7 days. I have taken plenty of antibiotics in my lifetime and have never had any significant side effects. Within 4 hours of taking Macrobid I had terrible diarrhea for about 2 hours, after that I was nauseous to the point of vomiting (and I never vomit). No medication has ever made me this sick before. I had chills, weakness, diarrhea, and vomiting all within the first 12 hours. However, I know you're not supposed to stop taking medications so I took my second dose and the symptoms preceded to the point of not sleeping at all overnight. I stopped taking it the next day and my symptoms resolved completely. I went back to my doctor and got a different antibiotic that I had no problems with.”

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User May 23, 2020

Macrobid (nitrofurantoin): “Took Macrobid (Nitrofuratoin) twice for a UTI. The first time, I experienced a slight fever, chest pains, and difficulty breathing. I switched medication after speaking with my doctor, but I did not know that it also went by the name Macrobid as the generic brand. I had taken macrobid before and was fine, so assumed that this was a one-off instance of bad side effects. Now taking for a second time, and am experiencing very bad side effects of nausea, splitting headaches, slight fever, fatigue.... no other UTI medicine I’ve taken before has caused similar reactions. Would not recommend taking something so risky when there are plenty of other just as effective alternatives.”

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

Macrobid (nitrofurantoin): “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 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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Marleah January 28, 2020

Macrobid (nitrofurantoin): “Took the antibiotic for 5 days for a UTI. First day it did cause a bit of nausea and dizziness but nothing too drastic. The rest of the days I had no side effects at all. Always took with a meal to prevent nausea or upset stomach.”

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Tony H · Taken for less than 1 month December 29, 2019

Macrobid (nitrofurantoin): “I am on my fourth day of taking MacroBid for UTI. The burning sensation, when I pee, has gone. The foul smell in my urine has gone, it now smells like urine again. My urine is clear again. It was very cloudy and slightly brown in colour. The two aspects of the infection that remain are the weakness of the flow and the frequency of origination, which is about every half hour. I have not had any side effects. So I feel that this has been a success so far. I have seven days worth to take and I will keep going.”

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A.T. · Taken for less than 1 month May 22, 2020

“Prescribed nitrofurantoin as a seven day course for UTI. Was careful to take with food, and expected maybe some nausea. OMG what a horror story. I can't believe this drug is legal. Started with mild nausea and indigestion. Got worse with each dose and each day. Vomiting, diarrhoea, head spinning, pounding headache. Felt so ill I thought I had COVID-19. Yes it's dealt with the UTI but I currently (end day 4) feel like I'm dying. Am speaking to pharmacist tomorrow begging to be allowed to stop this awful medication.”

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Mom_of_1 December 11, 2019

Macrobid (nitrofurantoin): “Started Macrobid 5 days ago. I’ve taken Cipro before and it’s always worked well. My doc was on vacation, so I went to another clinic. She told me that they stay away from prescribing Cipro, so she suggested Macrobid and said it was well tolerated. First, I want to let you know that it did not work for me. I’m on day 5 & the burning right now is just as it was when my UTI started. When I started taking it, I felt nauseous, dizzy, balance issues, weak arms, depressed and weepy. This is out of character for me. I’ve hardly worked due to feeling incredibly weak and tired. I'm self employed and 4.5 of my days have been completely wiped out by this drug. I also have cramping in my feet and today I had bizarre facial flushing, hot ears and high blood pressure for 5 hours. I’ve always had normal blood pressure so this was scary. DO NOT TAKE THIS!”

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Mermaidmaxx September 18, 2019

Macrobid (nitrofurantoin): “Please do not take the bad reviews seriously. Talk to your doctor not the internet. I have extreme anxiety. The thought of taking an antibiotic scares me to no end. But the knowledge of understanding that a UTI will get worse without treatment was enough for me to just take it. I have had no side effects from Macrobid. A little anxiety but that is just my nature not from the pill it self. Please don’t be afraid to take this medicine. It has helped me so much. Take it from someone who can not stand antibiotics.”

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Sheila February 29, 2020

“ I am usually a light weight with most medications, so when I was given Nitrofurantoin I was nervous. I ate something small before taking it, to my surprise after the first pill I was feeling relief from the pressure and burning from the UTI. It has made my a little drowsy but that it is. I’m on day 5, I would take this again. Everyone different. I have high blood pressure and anxiety, both were not effected.”

9 / 10
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Little t March 10, 2021

Macrobid (nitrofurantoin): “I’ve had a bad reaction twice to the drug , it’s now on my records not to be given it, non stop being sick, a really pain full headache that does not respond to any pain relief. I ended up in A&E first time, then was given it again and had flu like symptoms, and the worst bit by far again the excruciating headache. Today I feel a little better, my eyesight has gone funny, like my glasses are not working properly and it was fine prior to taking the drug. Alarmingly these are on the side effect list !!”

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