Generic Macrobid 50 mg
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What is Macrobid?
Macrobid is an antibiotic used to treat urinary tract infections. When taken, it interferes with chemical processes in the bacteria which then results in the death of the bacteria.
How is Macrobid administered?
Macrobid is an oral medication; the dosage for adult and pediatric patients is one 100 mg capsule every 12 hours. Macrobid should be taken with a full glass of water and with food – as it can upset an empty stomach.
What are the side effects of Macrobid?
Minor side effects include diarrhea, nausea or vomiting, vaginal itching or discharge, and rust-colored or brownish urine. These side effects do not require any medical attention unless they become severe.
More significant side effects include allergic reactions (i.e., hives, difficulty breathing or swallowing, swelling of the face, lips, and tongue), fever, red spots or blistering and peeling on the skin, severe headache, numbness or tingling in the extremities, chest pain, severe diarrhea, and jaundice.
What drug interactions should be avoided with Macrobid?
Do not use antacids while using Macrobid. Antacids make it harder for your body to absorb the medication. Avoid over the counter medications for backache or anything containing magnesium salicytate. Do not take Probenecid with this medication. Probenecid is a drug used to increase uric acid in the urine. It is frequently used to treat the symptoms of gout.
What if I miss a dose?
If you miss a dose, take the missed dose as soon as possible. If you discover the missed dose close to the time when you have to take your next scheduled dose, skip the missed dose – do not double up on the medication.
How should I use this medication?
Macrobid should not be taken if you are in the last 2-4 weeks of pregnancy. Notify your doctor if you have anemia, kidney disease, diabetes, electrolyte imbalance, or vitamin B deficiency.
This medication should be taken with food. Avoid antacids unless your physician recommends an antacid you could take. Continue to take the fully prescribed amount of this medication – do not skip doses or stop taking the medication even if you feel better. Do not take less or greater than the dosage prescribed.
In the case of an overdose, contact your nearest emergency room or poison control center.