Drug Ratings for MACROBID
Average Rating: 1.8 (1195 Ratings)
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Key to Ratings: 1=LOW (I would not recommend taking this medicine.)
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|1||UTI||I was the one that said that I felt like I had morning sickness while taking this for 7 days. Now I started feeling my symptoms again a few weeks later and my bladder infection is back! I am dreading taking antibiotics again--also yeast infection now as well-- I was prescibed Bactrim and am scared to take it for the 3 days based on the ratings. I hate taking any medications anymore. I agree that the side effects seem to be worse than what they're treating. Ugh!!||F||36||7 days ||4/11/2007||4||UTI||chills, fever, muscle aches, increased urination, dehydration headache, extremely tired, itching.||Just wanted to say to all you people with this reaction. Do not stop taking the medication. It is an indication that the drug is working! This reaction is called The Herxheimer Reaction. Please Google it and read. It's when you take an antibiotic (the RIGHT antibiotic) and it kills off too many organisms at one time for your body to handle. The many dead bacteria releases toxins into your body and your body is trying to get rid of the toxins. And until it does, you will feel that way. It was only one day for me, and the next day I felt totally normal. If you have an extremely bad infection, it could be longer to get rid of all the toxins. I've also read that the breathing issues some people are having is also part of the Herxheimer reaction. You have to realize, that this would not happen if you were taking a medication that WASN'T killing the very organisms that you are trying to get rid of. The increased urination is also your body trying to rid yourself of the toxins. You||F||52||7 days ||4/12/2007 ||1||Bladder Infection||Hives covering entire body, swollen/puffy eyes||***Before my latest episode, I had taken Macrobid for a bladder infection one other time and had no problems whatsoever. It was the second time on it that I had an allergic reaction*** I started taking Macrobid on 3/30/07 for a bladder infection. I took it for five days. Ten days later (4/10/07) , I woke up with big, red, welt-like bumps that covered my entire body (arms, legs, butt and a few on my face). My eyes were very puffy and looked swollen. I went to the ER and they gave me a steroid shot in my behind and prescribed Prednisone (oral steroids) and Cyproheptadine (for the itching). A few hours later, almost all the hives had disappeared and I started feeling much better, although I was really drowsy. Two days later (4/12/07), the hives returned (and even worse this time). I went to the ER again today (4/13/07) because of the welts, my chest started to feel tight and I started having difficulty breathing. They again gave me a steroid injection and said that the welts probably retu||F||32||5 days ||4/14/2007 ||2||Just looked up Herxheimer Reaction as recommended by another posting.||Herxheimer reaction only states that those are the symptoms for those who are treating their infection with Collidial Silver..not macrobid.|| ||4/15/2007 ||2||UTI/Bladder infection||Am now suffering with sore throat, chills, and fatique.||I initially wrote on 4-5...finished that dose of Macrobid but symptoms didn't completly go away. Returned to Dr. who gave me injection of Rocephin and ANOTHER dose of Macrobid! This is now 3rd day back on Macro and have the listed side effects. What is one to do with this horrible condition...Dr. thinks I may have Intersistal Cystitis as well...GREAT. No known cure for that...wonder if Dr's even know what their doing.||F||43||2 weeks ||4/15/2007 ||1||Bladder Infection||Hives all over the body,swelling on the scalp, palms and feet||This is a monster, demon. I have never suffered so much of pain in my lifetime. I am a new mom. When I went for my postparatum check up,my Ob diagonised it to be UTI & prescribed me this Nitrofurantoin. I just took for 4 days and I am suffering for past one month. I am not even able to hold my baby in my arms. This is pathetic. I am now on heavy dosage of steroids(prednisone) but even this looks hopeless. I am really worried as how long I have to under go this suffering. Would be great if some one gives me a solution for this pain. For each and every small things I have to expect my mom or my husband to do it for me. HEALTH IS WEALTH- that's very true.||F||29||4 days ||4/15/2007 ||1||UTI||Severe headaches, nausea, muscle weakness, tiredness, night sweats, dehydration, and mental fogginess.||I only took the generic Macrobid for two of the seven prescribed days. The first day I fell asleep an hour after taking it and almost slept through the night. I woke up several times that night in a panic and felt dehydrated. I woke up the next morning with headaches, nausea, and muscle weakness and had to miss work because of it. I decided the third day (today) not to take it any further. I called my doctor and she said I had an allergic reaction and prescribed a different antibiotic which I have not yet taken - though I am scared to try it right away. This is a horrible drug and I would not recommend taking it. The side effects were worse than the original symptoms.||F||27||2 days ||4/18/2007 ||1||UTI||Nausea, headache, stomach upset, liver pain, jaundice, chest pain, low temp 96.2 and low blood pressure, dizziness||I took the first dose at 7pm and by 10:30pm was on my way to ER with husband's insistence. I just wanted to lay down and let it ride, but instead had to wait in the ER for 3 hours before getting a bed to lay down on. I vomited 7 times prior to getting to the hospital. Had to take 2 days off of work. I am finishing up the medication now and have no more side affects, besides a slight headache. That will be the last time that I take Macrobid though. It is now on my list of allergies. That was awful.||F||42||3 days ||4/19/2007 ||1||UTI||SEVERE chest pain, difficulty breathing, sick stomach, headache, flu like symptoms, cough, back/neck pain....||I have taken this drug numerous times in the past for reoccurent UTI's. This is the first time I have experienced this reaction. I had the most HORRIBLE chest pain. I took three pills and the first night, I woke with mild chest pain. The next day I had bad headache, and felt flu like (I already had sinus/cold stuff going on so I wasn't concerned at first) The next night though, I woke with the most horrible chest pain, I couldn't breath. My husband wanted to go the the ER, but I waited it out and it eased up. I have a high pain tolerence, I went through 16 hrs of labor drug free, so I am no whimp! This was the worst drug reaction I have EVER had and will NEVER take this drug again. This was very scary! (However, I do believe if you can tolerate it it works WELL)||F||35||2 days ||4/20/2007 ||1||UTI||Shortness of breath! Chest pain. Dizziness. Headaches. Fatigue.||At first it was just headaches and fatigue. But what scared the crap out of me was the shortness of breath. Chest pain. Dizziness. I'm going to the doctor right now to find out why this is happening. I just stopped taking the medication yesterday after I realized that it wasn't worth it for all the side effects it was causing.||M||29||6 days ||4/20/2007 ||5||Recurring Kidney Infection - Lupus||headache, nausea, constant urination/loose bowels, dizziness, extreme sleeping||Med works wonderfully for infections, use it on a regular basis. If taken with buttermilk and bread, mostly eliminates stomach problems. Maalox also helps. The Herxheimer Reaction is indeed the reason for most physical discomfort, second poster about this symptom was too limited in her definition, as it also applies to antibiotics. Regardless of the "side effects", this medication is prolonging my limited kidney function, as well as my life. The side effects are temporary; permanent damage to your kidneys or bladder is not. If not experiencing true allergic symptoms, is worth it to ride out side effects if possible.||F||42||9 times ||4/21/2007 ||1||UTI||Drowsy from the beginning which continued to day 7 then shortness of breath and a feeling the infection was returning. By day 8 I felt as though I had the flu; chills, low fever, allover muscle aches, extreme fatigue, general weakness, difficulty breathing and headache.||I went to the doctor the following morning. She told me I should not use this drug again, that the symtoms could be worse next time. I began to feel better 12 hours after my last capsule. Never again for me.||F||56||8.5 days ||4/21/2007 ||1||UTI||Drowsy from the beginning which continued to day 7 then shortness of breath and a feeling the infection was returning. By day 8 I felt as though I had the flu; incredible chills, low fever, allover muscle aches, extreme fatigue, general weakness, difficulty breathing and headache and night sweats that night. I stayed home from work day 9 -- that's extremely rare -- and slept all of day/night except for my trip to the doc. Night sweats that night that were worse than menopause! Mental fog, difficulty breathing and some chills for another couple of days after stopping the med.||I went to the doctor the following morning. She told me I should not use this drug again, that the symptoms could be worse next time. I began to feel better 12 hours after my last capsule. Never again for me.||F||56||8.5 days ||4/21/2007 ||4||UTI||Just wanted to say to another poster, the Herxheimer Reaction does indeed happen with antibiotics as well as Colloidal Silver. It was first recognized in patients being treated for syphilis, and then Lyme's disease. When it happened to me, I felt like total HELL. I could not function, and certainly could not go to work. Slept for 18 hours straight! Chills, body aches, etc. Felt like I had the flu. But, felt absolutely fine a day later! You shouldn't stop taking the medication if this happens. It's doing it's job!||F||50||7 days ||4/22/2007 ||1||minor UTI||Extreme muscle weakness in legs, terrible chills, nausea,fever of 102||The muscule pain in my legs was intolerable. I needed morphine, and ended up in the hospital from this reaction. I have never felt that sick.||F||40||1 days ||4/23/2007 ||2||prostatitis due to resistant staph||General weakness, fatigue, chills, head ache, and back pain.||Were running out of drug options here, as few anti bacterials can penetrate the prostate wall. Macrobid is known to NOT have that quality. My Md suggested we try it anyway because there's not much left to try. The next option is levaquin, which can be much worse in the side effects dept. Unfortunately, I don't think macrobid is doing the job.||M||5 days ||4/24/2007 ||5||UTI||Nausea, which can be prevented by following instructions and taking the pill with food.||Worked like a charm on my UTI after about an hour or so.||F||47||7 days ||4/25/2007 ||1||For UTI||Rash on lower legs||Does anyone know if this drug contains sulfa? I am allergic to sulfa.||F||73||5 days ||4/27/2007 ||1||UTI||Fever in excess of 102 degrees for three days, chills, shortness of breath with dry cough, debilitating fatigue, headache, stiffness in movements, loss of appetite.||These symptoms came on suddenly the seventh day of my treatment. Symptoms began to abate as soon as I stopped taking the medication. I had been taking a 100mg capsule twice a day, prescribed for ten days. I will not take this drug again. It cured the UTI but it's not worth the pain and suffering I've endured.||F||49||10 days ||4/28/2007 ||4||UTI||tired||I would recomend this drug to others because I think it helped me a great deal.||F||22||3 days ||5/2/2007 ||4||Bladder infection||Took first dose at night, had trouble sleeping because of frequent urination, alternate drowsiness/heart racing, night sweats, nausea. Also dizzy, but not that bad. I'm on my second day taking the Macrobid and feel just fine. UTI pain went away within an hour of taking first dose.||Eat heavily before taking even if you have no appetite to reduce stomach upset.||F||24||2 days ||5/3/2007 ||1||UTI||I originally wrote in on 4/20/2007. (accidentally put I'm male instead of female!) Anyway, I'm writing to talk about HIVES now. (It wasn't the only side effect I experienced. See my previous entry on 4/20/2007 for the rest.)||In case of HIVES, ask your doctor about STEROIDS, instead of BENADRYL:
It's been two weeks since I stopped taking Macrobid, but I still have hives..and they're actually getting worse...though still manageable.
Anyway, today I got the following advice from one of the most respected doctors in Canada--he truly is, and I'm not a nut--so I thought I would share.
First: He doesn't recommend taking Benadryl.
This is what he said in an email to our friend in common, who asked him for advice on my behalf.
"She is experiencing a Type III reaction which is cell mediated as opposed to a Type I which is immediate histamine release and where benedryl may have some benefit."
Our friend in common then spoke to him and she passed on this to me:
He thinks maybe you should see famil
|F||29||6 days ||5/4/2007 ||1||Urinary Tract Infection||violent vomiting, fever 102, chills, nausea||I was away on vacation with my husband and 3 children. Wanted to get UTI under control before we headed home. Went to a walk in clinic and was prescribed Macrobid. First night taking it I was violently ill and couldn't raise myself off the bathroom floor to my knees to vomit into the toilet. The next day was fever and chills and nausea. I took one more dose to see if the effect was medicine or infection. Chills, fever and uncontrollable shaking including teeth chattering. Stopped taking the meds and felt better the next morning. I was supposed to take for 10 days, lasted 2 1/2. The UTI symptoms were gone but I wouldn't want to go through the side effects ever again. I will get my regular Dr. to write in my chart never to prescibe me this medicine again.||F||39||2 days ||5/9/2007 ||2||To treat potential UTI -on catheter||After being in a head-on car accident, I experienced a broken left pelvis that resulted in the use of a catheter for 17-days. Now home and docter started me on generic Macrobid to treat a potential UTI (no symptoms like elev temp or back pain) pending urine culture results. But after taking only two 100 mg doses with food on the first day, I woke up at 3 AM with lower lip edema & numbness, slightly swollen eyes, and several itchy hives on my arms & legs. Then, since Macrobid is a time-released product, I woke up today with a swollen upper lip, swollen left wrist (watch band was tight), and a couple of more itchy hives on my arms and legs. Now taking OTC generic Benadryl every 4-6 hrs and it seems to reduce the swelling & itching side effects||I'm 50 yo and until now, I never have had an allergic reaction to any prescription drug. Does anyone out there know if Macrobid is a sulfa based drug, or do you have any idea or experience why I had an allergic reaction to it after taking only two 100 mg doses in 1-day ??||M||50||1 days ||5/11/2007 ||2||UTI||extreme fatigue, nausea, achy joints,||F||40||2 days ||5/15/2007 ||1||Bladder infection||Headaches, moderate-severe nausea, severe fatigue, irritability||My side effects seem to get worse as the days go by. My bladder infection is completely gone, but I feel like I've been hit by a truck!||F||20||4 days ||5/15/2007 ||1||Bladder infection (continued)||Fatigue, hives, shortness of breath, headache, back pain, muscle weakness, leg tingling||Continued from entry dated 5/25/07. I have been to the emergency room twice in the past 9 days as a result of the allergic reaction to this medicatioin. I am not getting better & receiving no advice on what to do. Have tried steriods, benadryl, lotion prescribed by my Dermatologist (it contains Halog and worked amazingly on the hives). How long will this last? Called Procter & Gamble Pharmacueticals to better understand what is happening and was told by several P&G employees that they could not help and that there was no one I could talk to! Can you believe this?||F||41||7 days ||5/25/2007 ||1||To avoid UTI before kidney surgery||Lethargic, tightness in chest, no appetite, all I did was sleep.||Was hospitalized for 8 days; 60% of oxygen was getting to brain; 1/2 gallon fluid removed from around lungs and heart; extremely good docs finally determined it was a side effect to Macrobid!!! Now I see it can cause lupus like symptoms? Has been 8 months and I'm still not 100 per cent!!!!!||F||66||15 days ||5/26/2007 ||1||Bladder Infection||Severe Chills, Trembling Insides burned up couln't breath broke out in hives sever aches and headache....||This happened on the third pill||F||54||1 days ||5/28/2007 ||1||UTI||Terrible itching of lower part of scalp which fluid built up so badly I looked like a quarterback the next AM due to the swelling; hives developed in different areas. These side effects did not occur while taking the generic form of macrobid, it started the day AFTER my last dosage. Was taking Benadryl which helped somewhat with the itching. I tried to wait it out for several days from going to ER, but not only having the hives was driving me nuts, but I developed sharp pains in the center of my chest with pains started in the left arm. I thought I was having a heart attack but when the next day the pain in my chest wouldn't go away at all, I had to go to ER in which they did an EKG and I was clear on that but still had the pains in chest and arms aching. ER DR. wrote me prescription for Atarax (anxiety & inflamation of hives) and stated I have Heartburn/Acid Reflux in conjunction with the allergic reaction to Macrobid and gave a a capful of Mylanta and weird enough, the pressure||Don't think I would recommend this drug to anyone from the scary experience I encountered. Check to see if another form of anti-biotic will help before using this!||F||46||10 days ||5/28/2007 ||2||UTI||nausea, vomiting, aches, headache, insomnia, unable to focus - just generally miserable||This drug make me sicker than I originally was! I feel horrible. I can't focus, can't see straight, have been spending quality time hugging the toilet - this is rediculous!||F||20||3 days ||6/4/2007 ||4||UTI||Fatigue and shortness of breath||As a chronic sufferer of UTIs I can safely say that Macrobid was helpful. I believe my fatigue stems from the condition itself. I have always needed intense rest when suffering from a UTI.||F||27||4 days ||6/5/2007 ||1||UTI||fever, itching, joint paint, fatigue, stomach upset, jaundice||I was in the hospital for 4 days after using this medication, my uti turned into a Kidney infection, I would not reccommend this to anyone||F||45||5 days ||6/10/2007 ||3||UTI||diarrhea, fatigue, inability to concentrate, chest pains that were acute enough to wake me up, and slight weakness in legs||I started out fine, but with each day that passed I seemed to get some new side effect. It has helped with my UTI but I'm not sure I'd take it again||F||50||7 days ||6/12/2007 ||4||Preventative after UT Stent||Nausea/Vomiting, Drowsiness, Sour Stomach, Chills, Muscle Aches||The first 5 days on this drug were the worst. I really wanted to quit it before completing the dosage. Between the nausea and vomiting when I was awake and the drowsiness that set in after I felt miserable and spent all of my time in bed. Eating heavily, milk and pepto bismol did not help any of the stomach symptoms. I felt dehydrated quite often during this medication while sleeping; it was not uncommon that I would wake up just to drink something. Chills and Muscle Aches showed up on day 3 and subsided by day 6. I'm still on the medication and other than immediate nausea have passed through the rest of the symptoms.||F||26||3 weeks ||6/20/2007 ||1||prophelatic dose following bladder||severe, life threatening side effects that have been linked to macrobid||My mother was given this drug as a precaution following bladder surgery. Within a week, she developed congestive heart failure and pulminary fibrosis. We were later told that both are considered side effects. While she recovered initially, now, two years later, she is in ICU fighting for her life with interstial pulminary fibrosis. All doctors have said it is related to the macrobid given two years ago. DO NOT TAKE THIS DRUG.||F||73|| ||6/24/2007 ||1||UTI||I had SEVERE intestinal cramping and constipation while taking this medication. Cramping was so bad that I was doubled over and could not move. I had to stop taking the medication after 3 days, and it took my system another 3 before the cramping subsided. Would definitely not take this medication ever again.||F||38||3 days ||6/24/2007 ||2||UT||Hives||I'm alerigic to sulfa and am experiencing itching and hives. I hope this clears up tomorrow. I'm going off the medication. Ut was cleared up quickly on this durg. Too bad about the hives.||F||44||5 days ||6/29/2007 ||1||UTI||I broke out into major hives, i still have hives three weeks later and its getting worse im so uncomfertable and very very itchy if i could rate this pill i would rate it a negative 1||Dont ever ever take this pill you will break out into hives and it will last for about 5 weeks i am taking benedrel but it makes me to sleepy i cant even go to work. my eyes are itchy my head, ears, scalp everything i hate this i will never take this pill as long as i live and by the way it does contain sulfur. If anyone knows how long it takes microbid to come out of your system please email me||F||22||7 days ||6/29/2007 ||1||bladder infection||No appetite from this medicine felt like i had the flu and that i was very druged up.had another bladder infection and was given leviquin i have lost alot of weight being on both these drugs since they make you not want to eat anything.Someone has to come up with a better antibotic that has not got really bad side effects like these two have.I also have very bad depression being on these drugs also.||their has to be something better then macrobid this is an awful medicine.It is suppose to make you feel better but all it does is make things worse and you feel like you want to die.||F||66||7 days ||7/2/2007 ||1||UTI||extreme nausea||I took this medicine because I am 10 weeks pregnant with a UTI. I found that the only thing it did for me was make my nausea worse. None of my UTI symptoms went away and I still have the UTI!!!||F||19||7 days ||7/5/2007 ||1||UTI||I ended up in the hospital with pancreatitis because of this medicine. My body is very sensitive to antibiotics and this one tops the list of worst medicines.||Take a traditional antibiotic, not macrobid... take amoxicillin or something else||F||19||5 days ||7/11/2007 ||1||Bladder/Kidney||I experienced nausea, morning sickness effect, headache, extreme mood swings, weakness, insomnia, lethargy, dizziness, hot flashes... I could go on and on. Feel like I have the flu.||My boyfriend asked me to stop taking it because of the extreme mood swings. I had to take off work because of the side effects. Had mentioned to my Dr. that I am susceptible to drug side effects and asked for her to make sure that the prescription didn't have many and was relatively safe... she gave me THIS?! I've never felt so horribly from any medication I've ever taken... as been stated by previous comments, I feel like I've been run over by a truck. The only thing I can recommend is loading yourself up on Probiotics after coming off of this just to regain the good bacteria it's killed in the process. If you can... avoid this drug at all costs.||F||24||7 days ||7/12/2007 ||1||UTI||Terribly itchy skin all over and some hive-like bumps. The itching is about to drive me nuts! Some sharp chest pains as well, which scared me to death. My lips are swollen, and my skin is sometimes blotchy. This all started the LAST DAY I was on macrobid and now a week later - I still have all these symptoms!||I took macrobid once before for UTI, and didn't have any side effects that I could tell - I had taken another antibiotic that made me really sick so I was happy with macrobid. But this time, while it seemed to do the trick for the UTI, the last day I was on it, my feet and hands starting itching, like I had bug bites, but no physical marks. Then, I started to itch other places - it would move around all the time, never all places at once, and the itching was SEVERE. My hands, feet, legs, behind my knees, tummy, under arms, elbows - there were no real physical marks except an occassional bump or two. I did research and thought I had scabies (ick!) as that was the only thing that kept coming up online. I had no idea it was related to macrobid, because it started the last day of my taking it - you would think any side effects would happen right away. Not so with this drug. The itchy skin is still there (almost a week off macrobid) - it comes in waves. Today my scalp, neck, eyelids||F||34||9 days ||7/16/2007 ||1||UTI||Fever, chills, body aches, headache, pressure in chest, back pain, night sweats, fatigue.||Day 1 I had severe nausea/vomiting, thought it was food poisoning. Day 2 just felt exhausted. Day 3 started with fever, chills, body aches, tightness in chest, headache and severe night sweats. I stopped the medication at this point. I thought I was having a heart attack. NEVER use this medication. I feel horrible.||F||29||3 days ||7/17/2007 ||1||UTI||I had taken Macrobid in the past with only mild stomach cramps as a side effect. It was prescribed to me in March 2007 for a UTI, and 2 hours after the first dose I felt poisoned. I spiked a fever of 103.5, had shaking chills, nausea, vomiting, increased abdominal pain, fatigue, severe weakness. Doc thought bladder infection might be going to kidney infection and advised that I take the next dose. Symptoms worsened, and I developed jaundice, I could not stand without help, could not eat, could not lay flat or on my side, and stools were clay colored. Blood tests determined my kindeys were spilling bilirubin and I had severe acute hepatitis. (I did not have a kidney infection). The hepatitis was a direct result of the Macrobid. It took 3 weeks for my liver enzymes to return to normal, and fatigue and nausea remained for weeks after that. It was the worst reaction I've ever experienced from taking an antibiotic.||Watch out for this drug! As mentioned, I had taken this drug once before with minimal side effects. This is a drug that may not always have the same effect every time. Scary. It's now on my list of drug allergies.||F||34||1 days ||7/20/2007 ||1||Bladder infection||I noticed increased arrhythmia (irregular heartbeat), after taking the medication for 3 days. It was so irregular that I noticed it when resting and walking around. I contacted the doctor the next morning and they advised me to discontinue the medication. If it got worse they told me to go to the emergency room or call 911. I was very anxious about the heart beating so irregular.||After reading comments from others, I would not advise anyone to take this, especially if you have any irregular heartbeat. Most of the time I never even notice I have it, but after taking Microbid, it definitely aggravated the problem. I am also allergic to Sulfa, and will now add this medication as one not to take.||F||63||3 days ||7/21/2007 ||3||UTI||Extreme nausea, severe headache, chills, body aches, labored breathing, chest pains, felt like my chest was hot inside.||36 hours after my last dose all symptoms except the chest pain have subsided. The chest pain has gotten worse. Despite the symptoms, it did take the UTI away, but next time I will ask for a different antibiotic.||F||33||3 days ||7/23/2007 ||1||Prophylaxis for recurring UTI||Fatigue, inability to concentrate, muscle and joint pain, severe headache, fever (101), CHILLS, shortness of breath, fast heart rate, chest pain, weakness||I immediately felt very tired, unable to concentrate, and achy a few hours after taking the first dose (100mg/day). In addition to the fatigue, body aches, and inability to concentrate, I experienced a severe headache, fever, and shortness of breath, several hours after taking the second dose. I stopped the medication immediately. Felt incredibly better the following day. I saw my doctor two days after stoping the medication and informed him of my reaction to the drug. My doctor stated I must have been coming down with something viral and insisted that I continue with the medication. Though I was hesitant, I took another dose and the side effects returned after 14 hours. This time the chills were violent, I could not breathe, chest pains began, my heart rate was erratic, and I was so weak I could not get out of bed. I was certain I was having an adverse reaction to the drug. My husband drove me to my doctor immediately. I was advised to stop the drug. I felt normal by the fol||F||37||3 days ||7/23/2007 ||1||bladder infection||I'm 8 months pregnant and was hospitalized b/c of this drug. I felt like I'd been beaten but my OB kept thinking I had the flu. Had extreme body aches, fever of 101, chills, rash on legs and arms, red painful eyes. Luckily a doctor at the hospital figured out that I was having a reaction to this but I still suffered for 5 days. This is the first time I've ever reacted to an antibiotic before.||Don't let the doctor blow you off that you have the flu. Adverse side effects to this drug are more common than they may be aware.||F||37||8 days ||7/24/2007 ||1||UTI||I took my first pill three hours ago with dinner. Less than two hours later, extreme nausea, vomiting, diarrhea.||I will have to call my doctor tomorrow morning.||F||20||1 days ||7/30/2007 ||2||leukocytes in urine, possible UTI||rapid heartbeat, anxiety, insomnia, inability to rest/calm, felt hot||I am 36 weeks pregnant and was prescribed this drug for a possible UTI or bladder infection. After only 2 pills/doses, I was certain that this drug was causing my anxiety and rapid heartbeat. Worst of all was that this kept me awake at night for most of the night after an evening dose of the drug. My doctor told me to discontinue use immediately and did not prescribe another in its place; rather suggested to push fluids. I am taking cranberry supplements as well. I do not recommend this drug. Scary!||F||27||1 days ||8/3/2007 ||2||UTI||Hives occurring in different areas of the body daily -- mostly arms, hands, wrists, inside of thighs, shoulders, chin, forehead. EXTREMELY itchy scalp and back of neck...I can't stop itching! I was paranoid I had picked up lice or something. The hives have lasted now for about 4 weeks.||Hives began the day after I took my LAST dose.||F||26||10 days ||8/13/2007 ||3||uti||nausea,dizzy||F||84||3 days ||8/16/2007 ||1||UTI||I am pregnant and was diagnosed with an UTI. Im almost 12 weeks I had some bad morining sickness, but it had started to subside. But now while on macrobid, it seems to be back full blowen. I cant eat anything, and if I do manage to get anything down, it doesnt stay in my stomache for very long. I feel beyond tired. I can barely keep my eyes open. I've also experienced headaches.||IF YOU ARE PREGNANT I HIGHLY SUGGEST YOU STOP TAKING IT! CALL YOUR DR. TO SEE IF THERE IS A BETTER OPTION FOR YOU! IF ITS HAVING THIS KIND OF EFFECT ON ME WHO KNOWS WHAT ITS DOING TO MY GROWING BABY!||F||24||3 days ||8/23/2007 ||1||UTI||Hives on chest, abdomen, arms, legs back, neck. Extremely Itchy scalp. nausea.||Stopped taking it after 3 days, when side affects started.||F||29||3 days ||8/27/2007 ||4||UTI||aches||I have taken macrobid several times for UTI. It seems to work very well, symptoms are cleared within 24h after the first pill. I have experienced dizziness with other antibiotics for UTI, and one of them wasn't the right one for the bacteria strain I am having. I never thought Macrobid is this dangerous after reading the ratings here... now I am scared... :(||F||25||10 days ||8/28/2007 ||1||UTI||severe heaviness of all limbs, severe headache, skin hurt to touch, shortness of breath, lack of apetite, couldn't think straight, couldn't get out of bed, night and day sweats and chills||I started taking these pills to eliminate yet another UTI. Within hours of taking the first one I felt awful, I got no sleep that night or for the further two nights I took it. Next morning I thought I'd been ten rounds with a sumo wrestler, I couldn't even make it to the bathroom without help from my daughter,all limbs wouldn't work because of the heaviness I felt and my head was a "banging", worse than that I tried to wash my face and found out that everything hurt including all my skin, also felt like that "sumo" was sat on my chest I am a big believer that if you are suffering the pills "must be working", all well and good but even I had had enough come today. Four days in to taking them I am stopping, I have spent three days in bed unable to do anything other than lay there and I wasn't even comfortable doing that. I have had very little sleep so am still very tired (missed three days of work) and have only just managed a small dinner which isn't sit||F||37||4 days ||8/31/2007 ||2||UTI||major insomnia, nausea, vomiting, anxiety. dizziness.||it cured the infection but at what cost? the "old" antibiotics work fine for UTI's in the past. i wont take this drug again unless a first round of Arythromyacin wont cut it. good luck!||F||44||3 days ||9/7/2007 ||3||UTI||I started taking Nitrofutantoin-Macro 100 M 4 days ago. My hands & feet were stingly, throat felt tight, rash on extremeties, and no appetite. I think it helped my infection, but what a cost. and I kept sneezing. I finally wnet to this website and feel better knowing I am not dieing of something. I have to discontinue using this stuff. I would feel more comfortable using cranberry juice.||F||49||5 days ||9/10/2007