What is Nifuran (Nitrofurantoin) used for?
Nifuran (Nitrofurantoin) is an oral antibiotic commonly prescribed to treat or prevent urinary tract infections caused by bacteria. The medication destroys or prevents the reproduction of bacteria cells allowing the immune system to control or eliminate the infection. Your physician may also prescribe it to treat other conditions that are not listed here.
How should I use Nifuran (Nitrofurantoin)?
Follow your physician's instructions while using Nifuran (Nitrofurantoin) to get the safest and most effective results from treatment. One tablet is normally taken two to four times each day for a cycle of medication lasting one or two weeks. Your particular directions will depend on your health condition and the severity of your symptoms. Swallow these doses whole and unaltered with a full glass of water and a meal to prevent nausea. Do not split, chew, or crush the tablets before use to avoid unintentionally destroying or altering the effects of their contents. Never stop using the medicine before being told to do so as the infection may not be gone and can return stronger or more resistant to treatment. Ask your pharmacist or physician any questions you have about the medication to ensure the correct usage.
What are the side effects of Nifuran (Nitrofurantoin)?
Side effects that may occur while using Nifuran (Nitrofurantoin) include:
Serious side effects that may require emergency medical attention are severe nausea, vomiting, trouble breathing, chest pain, irregular heartbeat, sensitive skin, easier bruising, peripheral neuropathy, fever, flu symptoms, severe diarrhea that is bloody or watery, tinnitus, blurry vision, or jaundice. These conditions may require reduced dosages or frequency of administration to prevent further problems from occurring.
Do not begin using Nifuran (Nitrofurantoin) if you are pregnant, if the patient is a child under three months old, or if you have porphyrias, G6PD deficiency, or decreased kidney function. It is also suggested to inform your physician if you have nerve disorders, vitamin B deficiency, folate deficiency, diabetes, anemia, disturbed electrolyte levels, lung disease, decreased kidney function, or decreased liver function. These conditions may require special adjustments to your regimen to prevent unexpected health problems from occurring.
Strictly follow all instructions provided to you by your physician or pharmacist while using Nifuran (Nitrofurantoin). Optimum and safe dosage can differ based on the patient and the condition being treated.
As this medication may be unsafe for certain patients, it is essential you always inform your physician if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, as well as if you have any allergies, other illnesses, or ongoing health conditions, and if you are taking any other form of medication, supplements, or herbal products.
Immediately seek emergency medical care if you have an allergic or hypersensitive reaction. Common signs of a reaction include hives, swelling, skin rashes, chest pains, as well as trouble breathing or swallowing.