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Furadantin (Nitrofurantoin) - Summary



Furadantin (nitrofurantoin), a synthetic chemical, is a stable, yellow, crystalline compound. Furadantin is an antibacterial agent for specific urinary tract infections.

Furadantin (nitrofurantoin) is specifically indicated for the treatment of urinary tract infections when due to susceptible strains of Escherichia coli, enterococci, Staphylococcus aureus, and certain susceptible strains of Klebsiella and Enterobacter species.
Nitrofurantoin is not indicated for the treatment of pyelonephritis or perinephric abscesses.
Nitrofurantoins lack the broader tissue distribution of other therapeutic agents approved for urinary tract infections. Consequently, many patients who are treated with Furadantin are predisposed to persistence or reappearance of bacteriuria.  Urine specimens for culture and susceptibility testing should be obtained before and after completion of therapy. If persistence or reappearance of bacteriuria occurs after treatment with Furadantin, other therapeutic agents with broader tissue distribution should be selected. In considering the use of Furadantin, lower eradication rates should be balanced against the increased potential for systemic toxicity and for the development of antimicrobial resistance when agents with broader tissue distribution are utilized.

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Published Studies Related to Furadantin (Nitrofurantoin)

One week of nitrofurantoin before percutaneous nephrolithotomy significantly reduces upper tract infection and urosepsis: a prospective controlled study. [2011.01]
CONCLUSIONS: Prophylaxis with NFT for a week before PNL is beneficial in the prevention of urosepsis and endotoxemia in patients with larger stones and HDN. NFT covers most of the urinary isolates and is preferred in areas of fluoroquinolone resistance. Copyright A(c) 2011 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

One-day compared with 7-day nitrofurantoin for asymptomatic bacteriuria in pregnancy: a randomized controlled trial. [2009.02]
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate whether a 1-day nitrofurantoin regimen is as effective as a 7-day regimen in eradicating asymptomatic bacteriuria during pregnancy... CONCLUSION: A 1-day regimen of nitrofurantoin is significantly less effective than a 7-day regimen. Women with asymptomatic bacteriuria in pregnancy should receive the standard 7-day regimen. CLINICAL TRIAL REGISTRATION: ISRCTN, isrctn.org, ISRCTN11966080 LEVEL OF EVIDENCE: I.

Short-course nitrofurantoin for the treatment of acute uncomplicated cystitis in women. [2007.11.12]
BACKGROUND: There is a paucity of data on the efficacy of nitrofurantoin for the treatment of acute uncomplicated cystitis in regimens shorter than 7 days. Evidence-based use of this drug is increasingly important as trimethoprim-sulfamethoxazole resistance among uropathogens increases... CONCLUSION: A 5-day course of nitrofurantoin is equivalent clinically and microbiologically to a 3-day course of trimethoprim-sulfamethoxazole and should be considered an effective fluoroquinolone-sparing alternative for the treatment of acute cystitis in women.

A randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled comparison of the effect of nitrofurantoin monohydrate macrocrystals on the development of urinary tract infections after surgery for pelvic organ prolapse and/or stress urinary incontinence with suprapubic catheterization. [2004.07]
OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this study was to determine if antibiotic prophylaxis with nitrofurantoin monohydrate macrocrystals (study drug) after pelvic organ prolapse and/or urinary incontinence surgery with suprapubic catheterization (SPC) decreases urinary tract infection (uti) compared with placebo in a randomized, double-blind, multicenter trial... CONCLUSION: Antibiotic prophylaxis with nitrofurantoin monohydrate macrocrystals decreases UTI compared with placebo after pelvic organ prolapse and/or urinary incontinence surgery with suprapubic catheterization.

Effectiveness of estriol-containing vaginal pessaries and nitrofurantoin macrocrystal therapy in the prevention of recurrent urinary tract infection in postmenopausal women. [2003.06.01]
We compared the efficacy and safety of estriol-containing vaginal pessary use with those of oral nitrofurantoin macrocrystal (NM) therapy for preventing urinary tract infection (UTI) in postmenopausal women with recurrent UTI. Over a period of 9 months, 86 women received an estriol-containing vaginal pessary (0.5 mg estriol) twice weekly, and 85 women received NM (100 mg) once daily...

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Clinical Trials Related to Furadantin (Nitrofurantoin)

Study Comparing Nitrofurantoin to Fosfomycin for Acute Urinary Tract Infection in Women [Recruiting]
Developed before the establishment of a structured process for drug assessment, nitrofurantoin is now being prescribed frequently given the rise in multi-resistant gram-negative pathogens. Doubts remain regarding fosfomycin's long-term clinical effectiveness. A randomized, controlled trial is needed to explore the clinical effectiveness and better define the side effect profiles of both nitrofurantoin and fosfomycin. This multi-center open trial will randomize 600 non-pregnant women at three international sites (200 each in Poland, Switzerland, and Israel) at increased risk for carriage of resistant uropathogens and with suspicion of uncomplicated lower urinary tract infection to receive either oral nitrofurantoin 100 mg three times daily for 5 days or a single 3g dose of oral fosfomycin. Patients will be followed for clinical and bacteriologic response at days 14 and 28 post therapy completion. The study hypothesis holds that nitrofurantoin will be superior to fosfomycin in clinical efficacy at final follow-up.

Short Course Nitrofurantoin for Acute Cystitis [Completed]
The purpose of this research study is to determine what the cure rates are with a 5 day course of nitrofurantoin versus the more standard 3 day course of trimethoprim/sulfamethoxazone. The study will improve our knowledge of which antibiotic and what length of therapy is best for treatment of UTI, taking into account the problem of antibiotic resistance. Procedures subjects will undergo once they have read and signed the consent are: Questions about their medical and sexual history and current symptoms of UTI. They will be asked to provide a urine sample and then randomly assigned to one of the two treatment groups. will be obtained at each visit. If they were assigned to the nitrofurantoin treatment regimen, they will also be asked to collect a urine sample at home on the third day. If the subject develops recurrent urinary symptoms or does not have resolution of symptoms after completing the initial treatment course, they will be asked to return to the clinic and provide another urine sample for analysis. They will then be treated with another standard antibiotic at no cost to them and will be withdrawn from the study at that time. The study population is women ages 18-45 with acute symptoms of a UTI without a history of UTI in the past 6 weeks.

Nitrofurantoin and Urinary Tract Infections (UTIs) [Recruiting]
Urinary tract infection (UTI) is the most common complication after surgery for prolapse or urinary incontinence. UTIs are painful and have the potential to turn into kidney infections. We are asking women who self-catheterize after surgery to try either an antibiotic or a placebo pill so we can see if we can prevent UTIs without causing side effects. This study will not require any additional visits or blood draws. You will be asked to answer some questions, keep a brief diary of your experience, and immediately report any symptoms of a UTI to your doctor.

Does Post-Operative Prophylaxis With Macrobid Reduce the Incidence of Post-Operative Urinary Tract Infection in Patients Undergoing Placement of a Sub-Urethral Sling for the Treatment of Stress Urinary Incontinence [Completed]
This project will be a randomized, double blinded, placebo controlled clinical trial. The aim of the trial is to determine whether or not post-operative prophylaxis with macrobid will decrease the incidence of postoperative urinary tract infection in women receiving sub-urethral slings for the treatment of urinary incontinence.

Efficacy and Safety of Nitrofurantoin in the Treatment of Uncomplicated Urinary Tract Infections in Adults [Completed]
The study aims to investigate bacteriological efficacy of a nitrofurantoin formulation given twice daily for seven days in the treatment of adult patients with microbiologically confirmed uncomplicated urinary tract infection. Additional study objectives are to evaluate clinical efficacy as well as safety and tolerability of the nitrofurantoin formulation.

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Reports of Suspected Furadantin (Nitrofurantoin) Side Effects

Colitis Microscopic (4)Vomiting (4)Abdominal Pain (3)Hepatitis (3)Acute Generalised Exanthematous Pustulosis (3)Cholelithiasis (3)Diarrhoea (3)Jaundice (2)Urticaria (2)Pyrexia (2)more >>

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