Nitrofurantoin MR Capsules

Nitrofurantoin is a type of antibiotic that is commonly used to treat UTI’s, kidney infections, and bladder infections. Antibiotics are made to treat different variations of infections depending on which bacteria is causing the infection, as some are only suitable for treating certain bacteria.

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What is Nitrofurantoin?

Nitrofurantoin is filtered out of the body and moved into your urine extremely quickly, which means that the drug is highly concentrated in the areas where it is most needed, this is partly the reason that Nitrofurantoin is one of the best antibiotics for treating conditions such as cystitis.


The benefits of taking Nitrofurantoin:

Infections of the bladder, kidneys and urinary tract can cause conditions such as cystitis, which can be extremely painful and uncomfortable and prevent you from going about your day-to-day life. Treating the infection with a course of antibiotics will allow you to start feeling healthy again and allow you to continue with your daily life as normal.

Nitrofurantoin is specifically tailored to target the bacteria at its source, so it is a much more efficient and effective treatment than other antibiotics.


How do I use Nitrofurantoin?

Before taking any medication, you should read the patient information leaflet provided with the medication. The tablets should be taken orally, and swallowed whole with food or at meal times. This is to help avoid any possible stomach upset and will help the antibiotics absorb into the body.


Nitrofurantoin Dosage:

The dosage will depend on your age, your condition, and the type of treatment you need. The doctor who prescribes the medication will be able to advise you on what dosage you should take.

The normal doses are usually either one 50mg or one 100mg tablet four times a day for seven days to treat an infection. To prevent further infections, the normal does is one 50mg or one 100mg tablet at bedtime.

This medication is suitable for children and your doctor will advise on the dosage dependent on their age.

It is important you finish your prescribed course of treatment, even if you start to feel better or you feel your symptoms have cleared. If you take more tablets than you should, contact a doctor immediately. If you forget a dose and remember on the same day take the dose as usual but do not take more than your daily dosage to make up for missed doses from the day before.


How long does it take for Nitrofurantoin to work?

Patients who use Nitrofurantoin will likely notice the difference in their symptoms within a few days. If you are taking this antibiotic medication to treat an acute infection, you should only really take the medication for around 3-7 days, but if you don’t start to notice a change in your symptoms within 3 days, contact your doctor about other medications available for you.


Can I drink alcohol with Nitrofurantoin?

Unlike most other antibiotic medications, you can drink alcohol in moderation when using Nitrofurantoin.


What happens if I take too much Nitrofurantoin?

If you have accidently taken an extra dose of Nitrofurantoin or you have taken your medication too close together, there shouldn’t be any major consequences. However, if you take too much medicine than what is prescribed it can increase the chance of you suffering from some unpleasant side effects.


Side effects of Nitrofurantonin:

Like any other medicine, Nitrofurantoin comes with the risk of side effects, but not everybody will experience them. Some of the side effects that this medication can cause are more common than others, but if you suffer any side effects that concern you, you should get in touch with your GP or doctor as soon as possible. Some side effects include:

  • Confusion
  • Mood changes
  • Change of sensation
  • Problems with lungs
  • Headache
  • Change in muscle strength
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Jaundice
  • Severe headaches
  • Drowsiness
  • Dizziness
  • Temporary hair loss
  • Loss of appetite
  • Diarrhoea
  • Headache
  • Rash anywhere on the body
  • Darker coloured urine
  • Infections in the genitals or urinary tract


How to find out if I have an infection:

Nitrofurantoin will only work if you have an infection. Some symptoms of a UTI are:

  • A burning sensation when urinating
  • Pain in the back
  • Fatigue
  • Chills
  • Very little urine being produced
  • Frequent urge to urinate
  • Shakiness
  • Cloudy, dark, or strong-smelling urine
  • Fever

If you believe you are experiencing any of these symptoms, the first thing you should do is arrange an appointment with your GP or a doctor. It is important to ensure that your symptoms are caused by an infection and not by something else before you start using Nitrofurantoin.


Is Nitrofurantoin suitable?

Nitrofurantoin is suitable for most people, but there are some people who will not be because of medications they are already taking or existing health conditions. If any of the following apply to you, avoid Nitrofurantoin:

  • Affected by kidney problems
  • Are currently pregnant
  • Allergic to Nitrofurantoin or any of the ingredients in the medication
  • Affected by porphyria
  • Suffer from diabetes
  • Anaemic
  • Dark or cloudy urine
  • Liver disease
  • Lung disease
  • History of allergic reactions
  • Nervous system disease
  • Currently using oral typhoid vaccines
  • Currently using quinolone antibiotics
  • Currently using OTC remedies for cystitis
  • Currently using antacids


How can I prevent UTI’s?

Sometimes, getting a UTI isn’t something that you can prevent, but following these guidelines could help you lessen the chances of you getting one:

  • Always urinate after sex to flush out any bacteria
  • Avoid using scented products around the genitals
  • Empty your bladder as soon as you need to
  • Always wipe from front to back when using the toilet
  • Choose showers over baths to wash away any bacteria
  • Wear loose clothing and underwear


Can I buy Nitrofurantoin online?

Yes, you can buy Nitrofurantoin online safely through MedsRUs. Nitrofurantoin is a prescription only medication, so you cannot purchase it over the counter. To save yourself the hassle of arranging and attending a doctor’s appointment with your GP, you can arrange a quick online consultation through MedsRUs, where one of our certified prescribers can provide you with a prescription in minutes.

The process is quick and simple. Just answer a few short questions and then one of our certified prescribers will confirm if this is the right treatment for you, and if so, you will be provided with a prescription and the medication will be dispensed immediately and sent directly to you. This can all be completed in minutes, without you even having to leave the house.