Important Facts About MacroBID
Most frequent questions and answers about using MacroBID for cysitis treatment.
MacroBID is an antibiotic drug containing the active ingredient, Nitrofurantoin.
MacroBID is a modified release formulation, which means it can be taken only twice daily instead of the normally indicated four times daily for standard nitrofurantoin.
MacroBID (active ingredient: Nitrofurantoin) is commonly used to treat infections of the bladder, kidney and other parts of the urinary tract.
MacroBID effectively treats uncomplicated cystitis and urinary tract infections (commonly known as UTIs).
You can not take MacroBID if you:
- Are allergic to any of the ingredients
- Have severe kidney disease
- Are in the final stages of pregnancy
- Have porphyria
- Have G6PD deficiency
- Are under 3 months of age
- Are breast feeding a baby with G6PD deficiency
If you are unsure of any of the above criteria, please contact your doctor before commencing treatment with MacroBID.
Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking, or have recently taken any other medication. Below is a list of medications that you should be aware of, as they may interfere with MacroBID:
• Antacids for indigestion (e.g. magnesium trisilicate)
• Medicines for gout (e.g. probenecid or sulfinpyrazone)
• Medicines for raised pressure in the eye (glaucoma), such as carbonic anhydrase inhibitors (e.g. acetazolamide)
• Medicines which make the urine less acidic (e.g. potassium citrate mixture)
• Medicines for infections, known as quinolones
• Typhoid vaccine, which is given for the prevention of typhoid.
If you are in doubt about any of these medicines ask your doctor or pharmacist.
If you are pregnant or breast-feeding, you should ask your doctor or pharmacist for advice before taking this medicine. MacroBID can generally be used, but should be stopped during labour/delivery.
Always take MacroBID exactly as your doctor or pharmacist has told you, and if you are unsure, you should check with your doctor or pharmacist.
MacroBID is most commonly taken TWICE daily for 3 days to treat simple urinary tract infections (UTIs).
MacroBID capsules should be swallowed whole and taken with food or milk.
You should complete your whole treatment course, even if you feel better. Do not stop earlier.
As with any form of medication, MacroBID capsules have side effects. For a full list of side effects, please read the Patient Information Leaflet of MacroBID. Below are a few of the common side effects of taking MacroBID capsules:
- Urine colour change
- Loose stools
For a full list of side effects, please read the Patient Information Leaflet of MacroBID.
Keep MacroBID capsules out of the sight and reach of children.
Do not store MacroBID capsules above 30°C (aluminium/aluminium). Do not store above 25°C (For PVC/polyethylene/aclar/aluminium blisters). Store in the original package to protect from light and moisture.
Do not use MacroBID capsules after the expiry date which is stated on the carton.
MacroBID should not be disposed of via wastewater or household waste. Ask your pharmacist how to dispose of Macrobid capsules no longer required. These measures will help to protect the environment.