Nitrofurantoin is used to treat and prevent urine infections.
Take nitrofurantoin regularly as directed. Take it with food and with a glass of water. Keep taking it until the course is finished, even if you start to feel better.
Slow-release capsule: Swallow it whole. Do not crush or chew it.
Take the missed dose as soon as possible and continue as directed.
Some medicines available without a prescription may react with nitrofurantoin including:
Tell your pharmacist or doctor about all medicines or treatments that you may be taking, including vitamins, herbal products or recreational drugs.
|Side Effects||Recommended action|
Short of breath, persistent dry cough
Symptoms of liver problems including: yellow skin or eyes, itching, dark urine, pale bowel motions, abdominal pain
Reduced number of blood cells that fight infections in your body - symptoms include: fever, chills, sore throat or generally feeling unwell
Numbness or tingling of the fingers or toes
Swollen lips, tongue, throat or face
Headache, changes in vision, pounding in one or both ears (may be intracranial hypertension)
Severe stomach pain
|Tell your doctor immediately|
Nausea, vomiting, diarrhoea, loss of appetite
|Tell your doctor if troublesome|
|Take with food|
If you notice any other effects, discuss them with your doctor or pharmacist.
This leaflet contains important, but not all, information about this medicine.
Prepared by the PILs Committee at Christchurch Hospital, Canterbury District Health Board, New Zealand. February 2021
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