Macrobid 100mg MR Capsules

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Macrobid (Nitrofurantoin) - UTI Antibiotics

Macrobid is the recommended first-line antibiotic treatment for giving relief from urinary tract infections (UTI), clearing up the infection quickly, allowing you to get on with your day.

If you are suffering from an uncomplicated UTI (sometimes called cystitis), you can get your prescription of Macrobid online from The Independent Pharmacy today. Get started by completing an online consultation with our medical team for fast, discreet delivery.

  • Suitable for age:18 Years +
  • Maximum per order:1
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Macrobid Information

  • What is Macrobid?

    Each Macrobid capsule contains 100mg of the active ingredient nitrofurantoin. Nitrofurantoin is an antibiotic that is particularly effective at treating UTI’s, such as cystitis, as it passes through the bladder and out in the urine.

    UTI’s are fairly common in women, but can also affect men. They are caused by bacteria entering the urinary tract and can cause discomfort in the bladder and more severe cases the kidneys.

    Although UTIs can be very uncomfortable and if left untreated can be serious, they are normally easily managed. Common cystitis treatment would involve using a combination of simple painkillers such as paracetamol and ibuprofen, sachets to neutralise the pH of the urine such as Cymalon and an antibiotic, such as Macrobid (nitrofurantoin) or Trimethoprim.

    What is Macrobid used for?

    Macrobid is used to treat UTIs sometimes known as cystitis, bladder or water infections. The active ingredient nitrofurantoin kills the bacteria causing discomfort and inflammation in the urinary tract leaving you feeling soothed.

    The main symptoms of UTI to look out for are:

    • needing to urinate urgently or more often than usual
    • pain or a burning sensation when urinating
    • smelly or cloudy urine
    • blood in your urine
    • pain in your lower abdomen

    If you are unsure whether you are suffering from a UTI you should discuss your symptoms with a doctor or pharmacist who may want you to provide a urine sample to help decide on the right course of treatment.

    How does Macrobid work?

    Macrobid contains an antibiotic agent called nitrofurantoin, which treats UTIs very efficiently because the body quickly filters it from your blood and into your urine. This means the nitrofurantoin is concentrated at the site of infection allowing it to target the bacteria causing the infection.

    How long does it take Macrobid to work?

    Improvement is usually seen within 24 hours of taking Macrobid and symptoms are usually completely resolved after 3 days. If symptoms are not improving or are worsening consult a doctor.

    You may feel better before you have completed the course of antibiotics. However, you must finish your course as advised, even if you feel better. If you stop taking your antibiotic early, the bacteria which cause UTI’s can become resistant to the medication.

    Alternatives - Why should I choose Macrobid over trimethoprim?

    Current NHS guidelines recommend that nitrofurantoin is used as the first-line antibiotic to treat UTIs as there is currently less bacterial resistance to Macrobid than Trimethoprim. This means that Macrobid is more likely to be effective in treating your cystitis if you haven't had a urine sample analysed to test for the best treatment to use.

    Many women will still be prescribed trimethoprim, to treat UTIs such as cystitis, and many find it works for them and may prefer it but similarly many women find nitrofurantoin a better choice for them.

    Will Macrobid give you thrush?

    Because of the way Macrobid works it is extremely rare for you to experience thrush with this medication. However, like all antibiotics including nitrofurantoin, it reduces the bacteria in the body, which can cause the naturally occurring fungus to overgrow in the vagina leading to thrush symptoms.

    If you develop vaginal thrush while using any course of antibiotics, thrush treatment is available from The Independent Pharmacy and is fast-acting and easy to use.

    Will Macrobid stop my contraceptive pill from working?

    Macrobid will not stop your contraceptive pill (combined or progesterone only) from working. Only two antibiotics called rifampicin and rifabutin will reduce the effectiveness of the contraceptive pill.

    Can you take painkillers whilst being treated with Macrobid?

    You can take Macrobid safely with any over the counter painkillers like aspirin, ibuprofen or paracetamol.

    Macrobid and Alcohol

    Macrobid and alcohol do not interact so a moderate alcohol consumption will not affect how this medicine works.

    It is, however, not advisable to drink alcohol while suffering from a UTI as this can irritate the bladder. Drinking plenty of water, non-alcohol drinks and herbal teas will help you get rid of the infection.


  • Macrobid warnings

    Please ensure that you have read the Patient Information Leaflet thoroughly before taking Macrobid.

    Macrobid is not suitable for everyone and some people with certain medical conditions cannot take it. Checks for suitability are carried out in the online consultation which is part of the ordering process.

    DO NOT take nitrofurantoin tablets unless discussed with your regular doctor beforehand if the following apply:

    • You are allergic to nitrofurantoin.
    • You have kidney, liver or lung disease or a condition affecting the nervous system
    • You have porphyria
    • You have diabetes
    • You have anaemia, vitamin B deficiency or have abnormal levels of salts in your blood.
    • You lack an enzyme called glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase
    • You are currently taking or have recently stopped taking any prescribed or non-prescribed medication or have recently had a Typhoid vaccination.

    Macrobid & pregnancy

    Speak to a doctor before taking Macrobid if you are pregnant, trying to get pregnant or are breastfeeding and think you have a UTI.

  • Macrobid dosage

    Macrobid capsules are for oral use only and is only available on prescription from The Independent Pharmacy for women over the age of 18 years.

    You will take one Macrobid capsule in the morning and the evening with a drink of water. Continue at the same time each day for 3 days. The capsules need to be swallowed whole with a drink of water.

    Please ensure that you have read the Patient Information Leaflet thoroughly before taking Macrobid.

    Should I take Nitrofurantoin with food?

    Generally, it's better to take Macrobid with a meal or snack. This helps prevent a stomach upset.

  • Macrobid ingredients

    Each Macrobid capsule contains the active ingredient: Nitrofurantoin 100mg

    Each Macrobid capsule contains the inactive ingredients: talc, corn starch, lactose, carbopol, povidone, sugar, magnesium stearate, gelatin, E104, E171, E132, Shellac, Propylene Glycol (E1520), Titanium Dioxide (E171), Black iron oxide (E172), Ammonium Hydroxide (E527) and Simethicone.

    Please ensure that you have read the Patient Information Leaflet thoroughly before taking Macrobid.

  • Macrobid side effects

    As you are only taking nitrofurantoin for three days the chance of side effects occurring are limited and most patients do not experience them.

    Occasionally some people have experienced the following more common side effects. These are not medical emergencies but may require medical advice if they become bothersome or do not improve once you have finished your course of treatment.

    • Feeling sick or being sick, stomach ache, loss of appetite or diarrhoea
    • Headache
    • Dizziness or drowsiness
    • Changes of mood - confusion
    • Skin rashes
    • Short-term hair loss

    If you experience severe side effects such as shortness of breath or fever or you experience an allergic reaction causing wheezing, facial swelling and itching you should stop taking Macrobid and call 999 immediately.

    Please ensure that you have read the Patient Information Leaflet thoroughly before taking Macrobid.

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