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Antibiotic Adult, Children

Nitrofurantoin - Side Effects, Precautions, and Contraindications

What side effects can Nitrofurantoin cause?

  • Upset stomach (diarrhea, nausea, vomiting) Be sure to take nitrofurantoin with food or a glass of milk. If you or your child do and still have stomach upsets, contact your doctor.
  • Skin rash, difficulty in breathing, chills, fever. Stop taking the medication, and consult doctor immediately.
  • Dark yellow urine. This side effect is harmless and is reversible upon discontinuation of treatment.
  • Numbness and pin-prick sensation in finger and toes. Contact your doctor.

Before taking Nitrofurantoin, what precautions must I follow?

  • Inform your doctor if you or your child have glucose-6- phosphate dehydrogenase (G6PD) deficiency.
  • Inform your doctor if you or your child have kidney disease, or if you are pregnant and within a few weeks of delivery date, or if you are breastfeeding.

What food or medicine must I avoid when I take Nitrofurantoin?

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  • Updated on Tuesday, October 3, 2017
  • Article contributed by Pharmacy Department KK Women's and Children's Hospital

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