About Nitrofurantoin

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About Nitrofurantoin

Nitrofurantoin can be used to treat acute and chronic or recurrent urinary tract infections caused by bacteria.

What is the purpose of this ingredient?

  • combat chronic bacterial urinary tract infections
  • Kill pathogens

This is how Nitrofurantoin works

Below you will learn more about the fields of application and the mode of action of nitrofurantoin.
Please also read the information on the drug groups to which the active ingredient nitrofurantoin belongs.

Application of the active substance nitrofurantoin

Nitrofurantoin can be used to treat acute and chronic or recurrent urinary tract infections caused by bacteria.

As a rule, nitrofurantoin is only used if other less risky and effective medicines can not be used (for example because of an intolerance). Also, the drug should not be used for a longer time.

For the following application areas of Nitrofurantoin , in-depth information is available:

  • urinary tract infections

Effect of nitrofurantoin

The mechanism of action of nitrofurantoin is not yet fully understood. It is believed that the active ingredient penetrates into the bacteria and disturbs their protein production there. As a result, the bacteria can no longer grow and no longer multiply. This ultimately leads to the eradication of the pathogens and thus to the complaint and healing of the infection.

Potential Nitrofurantoin side effects may include:

Nitrofurantoin used to treat the following diseases:



  1. Patrica D. Eastman says:
    2.5 rating

    Pleurisy, pleural effusion, shortness of breath, lung damage, hospitalization with cortisone treatment

    Side effects: Respiratory complaints
  2. Betty R. Payne says:
    2.0 rating

    Nitrofurantoin for Urinary tract infection

    I was sick when I took Nitro. So I only took the medication in the evening. Then it is good. Otherwise perfect. I have to be careful with Cirpo500. After one week at the latest, itching and nausea will appear. But you can handle it.

    Side effects: Itching; Nausea
  3. Joyce W. Garcia says:
    2.5 rating

    Nitrofurantoin for Cystitis

    Especially I notice the side effect dizziness and tiredness, also nausea and lack of appetite

    Side effects: Dizziness; Anorexia; Fatigue; Nausea
  4. Patricia R. Burch says:
    3.0 rating

    Nitrofurantoin for Cystitis

    Nausea (but no vomiting), loss of appetite, dizziness, fatigue / dizziness, restlessness … so if you have taken a tablet after half an hour, you can expect the side effects that then last at least 2 hours.

    Side effects: Dizziness; Unrest; Anorexia; Fatigue; Nausea