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Macrobid (Nitrofurantoin) 100mg Modified Release Capsules

Macrobid 100mg MR Capsules (6 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. 

Macrobid Information

  • Age: 18 Years +

    Maximum per order: 1

  • Pregnancy: Not suitable

    Breastfeeding: Not suitable

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.

 

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*Prescription medicines are supplied subject to a medical consultation at the discretion of a doctor.

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 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.

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 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.

Delivery & Shipping Information

Please note that due to the current situation with COVID-19, Royal Mail are experiencing some delays. This may mean that your order takes longer to arrive than you would normally expect. We are working hard to ensure that, where possible, all orders placed before 15:00 are still dispatched the same working day.

 

UK Orders

We offer FREE standard tracked delivery on orders over £40.

The following delivery options are available:

  • Standard Tracked Delivery - 2 - 3 day delivery - £2.95
  • Express Tracked Delivery - 1 - 2 day delivery - £4.45
  • DPD Next Day - 1 - 2 working days - £6.95
  • Special Delivery (Guaranteed before 21:00) - £8.95
  • Saturday Guaranteed before 21:00 - £10.45

Important Delivery Information

All our orders are sent out using Royal Mail (unless stated). We always aim to dispatch all Royal Mail & DPD orders received before 15:00 the same working day. Any orders received after 15:00 or over the weekend will be dispatched the next working day. Orders will not be dispatched on weekends or bank holidays.

All orders are subject to approval by our team of doctors and pharmacists. Your delivery date in the checkout is subject to your consultation being approved by our healthcare team.

All orders can be fully tracked from your dispatch email, in your online account and from any notifications from your courier.

We ensure all parcels are in plain packaging for discreet delivery of your medicines and pharmacy goods. Where possible, we will attempt to size all parcels to fit through your letterbox in tamper-proof packaging. By placing an order on our website, you confirm that it is safe and appropriate for a package containing medicines to be posted through your letterbox, if the carrier is able to do so. You should notify our customer support team if it is not safe for the package to be posted through the letterbox, for example due to animals or small children.

Deliveries containing pharmacy-only or prescription medicines may require a signature on receipt. 

Delivery is free for all NHS prescriptions.

 

Royal Mail

Features:

  • Fully tracked delivery
  • SMS & email notifications
  • Four-hour delivery window
  • Change delivery date directly with Royal Mail
  • Update delivery location - add a Safeplace, preferred neighbour, or update your delivery location to a local Post Office or Royal Mail Customer Service Point.

Royal Mail are the most widely recognised mail delivery company in the UK. Being on the UK’s 29 million doorsteps six days a week means they offer unparalleled price and convenience. The Independent Pharmacy uses Royal Mail’s Tracked 48, Tracked 24, and Special Delivery Guaranteed parcel services to offer reliable, fully-tracked delivery at very competitive prices. Your Royal Mail parcel will arrive with your normal daily delivery of post.

Please note: Royal Mail do not deliver on Sundays or Bank Holidays - this should be taken into account when ordering. 

If you are not home to accept your delivery, a card should be left by the Royal Mail representative. This card will provide details of where you can collect the order or how to arrange re-delivery.

Should you be unable to collect your missed delivery or arrange for your medication to be redelivered by Royal Mail, the pharmacy can resend your medication to the same, or a different address provided it has been returned to us and this happens within a 30 day window.

Once a package has been shipped with Royal Mail we advise that you are bound to the terms and conditions of their use together with the terms and conditions contained herein.

You have the right to cancel your order up to the point when your treatment is dispatched. The pharmacist must destroy any medication within 30 days of it being returned, even un-opened boxes, so we are not able to offer refunds once your treatment has been dispatched.

 

DPD

Features:

  • Fully tracked delivery
  • SMS & email notifications
  • One-hour delivery window
  • Change delivery date directly with DPD
  • Update delivery location - add a Safeplace, preferred neighbour, or update your delivery location to a local collection point.

DPD Local is the most innovative parcel carrier around. Thanks to their industry-leading Predict service, they provide parcel recipients with a one hour delivery window, notified by email, so you don't have to wait in all day. What's more, it enables receivers to watch the progress of their delivery on a real-time map, all the way down to a final 15 minute time-slot. 

As well as keeping customers informed at every stage of the journey, DPD believe in maximising choice and convenience. That's why DPD provide access to a suite of options both on the day of delivery and the night before, allowing customers to take delivery of their goods in a way that suits. If you wish to reschedule, you can:

  • Select an alternative delivery date
  • Opt for delivery to a nominated neighbour
  • Have the parcel left in a specified safe place
  • Collect the parcel from your local DPD Pickup Shop
  • Upgrade delivery to By 12

Please note: DPD do not deliver on Saturdays, Sundays or Bank Holidays - this should be taken into account when ordering. 

Once a package has been shipped with DPD we advise that you are bound to the terms and conditions of their use together with the terms and conditions contained herein.

You have the right to cancel your order up to the point when your treatment is dispatched. The pharmacist must destroy any medication within 30 days of it being returned, even un-opened boxes, so we are not able to offer refunds once your treatment has been dispatched.

 

Forwarding houses

We are unable to ship orders to mailing or forwarding houses for onwards shipping to locations outside of the UK.

 

BFPO Postcodes

Unfortunately we are unable to deliver medicines to BFPO postcodes.

 

Remote Areas

Please be aware that Royal Mail Guaranteed services are not available to all customers in the UK, especially those that live in remote postcodes. Royal Mail advise customers of the following:

We deliver by 17:30 the next working day in the following postcode areas:
AB30 - 39, 41 - 45, 51 - 56
GY9 Alderney (Channel Islands)
HS1, 3 - 9
IV21 - 28, 40 - 49, 51 - 56
KA27, 28
KW1 - 3, 5 - 15
KW16 Stromness Town only
PA20 (0&9)
PA28 - 38, 41 - 49, 76, 77
PH15, 17 - 26, 31 - 40, 49, 50
ZE1

 

We deliver within two working days by 17:30 to the following postcodes areas:
GY1 Herm (Channel Islands)
GY9 Sark (Channel Islands)
GY10
HS2
PA60 - 75, 78
ZE2, 3

 

We deliver within three working days by 17:30 to the following postcode areas:
KW16 - non-Town
KW17
PH30, 41 - 44

 

Please note: This applies to our 'Special Delivery' and 'Saturday Guaranteed' services.

 

International Orders

We are currently unable to ship orders outside of the UK.

We are unable to ship orders to mailing or forwarding houses for onwards shipping to locations outside of the UK.

Need to know more about Cystitis (UTI)?

Visit our advice area or contact our support team

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