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User Reviews for Macrobid

Macrobid has an average rating of 4.6 out of 10 from a total of 750 ratings on Drugs.com. 29% of reviewers reported a positive effect, while 51% reported a negative effect.

Condition Avg. Rating Reviews Compare
Urinary Tract Infection  
4.4
519 reviews 189 medications
Bladder Infection  
4.9
207 reviews 82 medications
Prevention of Bladder infection  
4.7
24 reviews 29 medications
Summary of Macrobid reviews 4.6 750 reviews

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Reviews for Macrobid

danabino May 22, 2021

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 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

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.”

10 / 10
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Chernobyl December 16, 2020

For Urinary Tract Infection: “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

For Urinary Tract Infection: “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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Lizzie · Taken for less than 1 month April 14, 2021

For Urinary Tract Infection: “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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311 · Taken for less than 1 month September 27, 2020

For Urinary Tract Infection: “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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Ray · Taken for less than 1 month February 10, 2020

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

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 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

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

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. Called my Dr 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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Alegna November 11, 2018

For Bladder Infection: “MOST reviews on the internet are going to be more negative than positive. If you had a bad experience your more likely to share than if the experience was fine. There are thousands of people using these meds everyday 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 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 thru your kidneys and gets right to the source. Don’t be afraid, if your doc thinks you need it.”

9 / 10
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SarahBeth · Taken for less than 1 month November 21, 2019

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

For Urinary Tract Infection: “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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Demi · Taken for less than 1 month February 1, 2021

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 with food and drink a ton of water.”

10 / 10
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Gallifreyel · Taken for less than 1 month May 4, 2020

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 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

For Bladder Infection: “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.”

10 / 10
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JL · Taken for less than 1 month October 30, 2019

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 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

For Urinary Tract Infection: “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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taylorelle · Taken for less than 1 month August 7, 2019

For Bladder Infection: “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!”

10 / 10
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User May 23, 2020

For Urinary Tract Infection: “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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Deb July 4, 2021

For Bladder Infection: “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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Reign · Taken for less than 1 month November 25, 2019

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 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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gotsuzuki · Taken for less than 1 month September 24, 2016

For Bladder Infection: “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!!”

8 / 10
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Mel · Taken for less than 1 month October 24, 2020

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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Marleah January 28, 2020

For Urinary Tract Infection: “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.”

9 / 10
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