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Nitrofurantoin

By

Brian J. Werth

, PharmD, University of Washington School of Pharmacy

Medically Reviewed Jun 2022 | Modified Sep 2022
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Nitrofurantoin is taken by mouth.

Doctors do not give nitrofurantoin to people whose kidneys are not functioning well. Nitrofurantoin should not be given to people who have a red blood cell disorder called glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase (G6PD) deficiency (see table ) because the drug may cause anemia Overview of Anemia Anemia is a condition in which the number of red blood cells is low. Red blood cells contain hemoglobin, a protein that enables them to carry oxygen from the lungs and deliver it to all parts... read more (a low number of red blood cells).

Use of Nitrofurantoin During Pregnancy and Breastfeeding

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