Macrobid is a strong antibiotic so, if you've got a prescription, you should be aware of some Macrobid side effects. Macrobid is also marketed under the generic name of nitrofurantoin and is used to treat urinary tract or bladder infections. Macrobid should always be taken with a lot of water to flush the system; this influx of water may help you avoid some Macrobid side effects also.
- The most common Macrobid side effect (called an "adverse event") shown in the clinical trials of the drug was nausea. Nausea appeared in about eight percent of the population and was judged to be possibly or probably related to the drug. So, if you get unusually queazy when taking Macrobid, contact your physician and ask for a different antibiotic. Along with nausea, participants in clinical trials of Macrobid showed other gastrointestinal side effects like diarrhea, vomiting, abdominal pain, and constipation. That's not a pretty picture.
- Another common Macrobid side effect is the occurrence of headaches. In clinical trials, six percent of the population showed this adverse effect after taking Macrobid. If you are prone to headaches anyway, you might want to steer clear of Macrobid. Ask your physician for another antibiotic. You might also have flu like symptoms like fever, fatigue and chills while on Macrobid.
- The third most common Macrobid side effect in clinical trials was flatulence which appeared in 1.5 percent of the population. If you're prone to being gassy anyway, this might not be the drug for you. But, you might be able to take something like Beano or another anti-flatulence drug to help with this side effect. As always, ask your doctor for guidance before taking anything with your Macrobid. You might also want to steer clear of beans or dark beer while taking this drug.
The above side effects make one wonder whether taking Macrobid is worth the effort. Just because these side effects have been seen in clinical trials does not mean that you will necessarily suffer from them. Take the drug when it's prescribed and find out.