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What is a macrobid?

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Macrobid, known genericaly as nitrofurantoin, is an antibiotic used to treat bladder infections, states Drugs.com. It prevents the growth of bacteria, says WebMD, and is not indicated for the treatment of viral infections.

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Common side effects include mild diarrhea, nausea, headache, dizziness and gas, according to PDR Health. Antibiotic use can cause severe, watery diarrhea with bloody stools, stomach cramping and fever. If this occurs, contact a physician immediately.

Macrobid is contraindicated for those with kidney disease, those with the specific genetic disease G-6-PD deficiency, or those who have developed jaundice or liver disease during past treatment with the drug, says RxList.com.

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