Bacteria Home > Furadantin
A prescription antibiotic, Furadantin is a medication used for the treatment and prevention of urinary tract infections. It comes in the form of a liquid, which makes it ideal for children, and is typically taken four times a day. Commonly reported side effects include vomiting, nausea, and loss of appetite; however, most people do not experience problems.
What Is Furadantin?Furadantin® (nitrofurantoin suspension) is a prescription antibiotic approved to treat and prevent urinary tract infections (UTIs). Because this medication comes in a liquid form, it is ideal for use in children.
How Does It Work?Furadantin works in a unique way, compared to other antibiotics. In bacterial cells, the drug is changed into a highly reactive form that destroys certain bacterial proteins and molecules. As a result, the drug interferes with bacteria's ability to make essential cell components such as protein, DNA, and cell walls.
When and How Do I Take It?Considerations to keep in mind when taking this drug include the following:
- The medication comes as a suspension (liquid) that is usually taken by mouth four times daily, although it may be taken just once a day for long-term UTI prevention.
- Furadantin should be taken with food, as food increases the absorption of this antibiotic.
- It does not matter what times of day you take this medication. However, try to space the doses out evenly per day, as reasonably as possible.
- For Furadantin to work properly, you have to take it as prescribed. It will not work adequately if you stop taking it too soon.