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Letters Antibiotics without prescription for urinary tract infection

Dangers of over-the-counter nitrofurantoin for urinary tract infection

BMJ 2015; 351 doi: (Published 11 August 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;351:h4186
  1. Gloria Cristina Cordoba, PhD fellow1,
  2. Anne Holm, PhD fellow1,
  3. Lars Bjerrum, professor1
  1. 1Department of General Practice, University of Copenhagen, 1353 Copenhagen, Denmark
  1. gloriac{at}

Over-the-counter nitrofurantoin for self diagnosed uncomplicated cystitis should be considered with caution and may cause more harm than good.1

Firstly, for antibiotics to be given only to those who will benefit, suspected uncomplicated cystitis must be assessed by …

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