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Furandantin generic name nitrofurantoin is also sold under brand names Macrodantin and Nitro Macro and belongs to the family of drugs that combat bacteria in the body.
It is used to treat urinary tract infections and functions by interfering with various chemical processes in the bacteria which kill the bacteria.
It is suggested that you do not consume alcohol even moderate drinking while using an antibiotic as the effectiveness of the drug will be lessened.
At this time the medical community defines moderate consumption of alcohol as no more than two drinks per day and no more than 14 drinks per week. Anything more than that is considered an unhealthy dependency on alcohol that may have adverse social, family and health consequences.
If a person drinks only once or twice a week but drinks on the same days each week and more than two drinks this is considered as an alcohol dependency.
If a person binge drinks at any time during the week this is also considered as alcoholism.
Some consider alcoholism as a disease while others consider it an addiction which is the result of personal choice and character fault. This school of thought blames the alcoholism on life style choices.
Personally I consider alcoholism a genetic tendency as I have seen families of alcoholics even when they live far apart. These unfortunate people are probably dependent on alcohol from the first drink.
When alcohol interacts with prescription over the counter drugs it usually results in negative health effects most especially liver damage as the main organ affected.
Before using advise your doctor if you are allergic to any other drug or substance, if you are using dietary or herbal supplements, are pregnant, plan to be pregnant or are breastfeeding, have severe kidney disease, history of jaundice or liver problems while using this drug, urinating less or not at all, kidney disease, anemia, diabetes, electrolyte imbalance, vitamin B deficiency, glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase deficiency or any type of debilitating disease.
Less serious side effects are mild diarrhea, upset stomach, vomiting, red or brownish urine, vaginal itching or discharge. If these occur call your physician for advice.
Serious side effects are severe allergic reaction such as hives, difficult breathing, swelling of the face, lips, tongue or throat, watery bloody diarrhea, short of breath, sudden chest pain or discomfort, wheezing, dry cough or hack, fever, chills, body aches, weight loss, numbness tingling or pain in hands or feet, nausea, upper stomach pain, itching, loss of appetite, dark urine, clay coloured stools, jaundice, pale skin, bruising, confusion, weakness, patchy skin colour, red spots, severe blistering, red skin rash, severe headache, ringing in ears, dizziness, vision problems or pain behind the eyes. If these occur get emergency medical help.
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