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Generic Name: Fosfomycin (fos-foe-MYE-sin)
Brand Name: Monurol

Monurol is used for:

Treating uncomplicated urinary tract infections in women caused by certain bacteria.

Monurol is an anti-infective. It works by killing sensitive bacteria in the urinary tract by interfering with formation of the bacteria's cell wall while it is growing. This weakens the cell wall and it ruptures, resulting in the death of the bacteria. Monurol also reduces the ability of sensitive bacteria to stick to the cells lining the urinary tract.

Do NOT use Monurol if:

  • you are allergic to any ingredient in Monurol

Contact your doctor or health care provider right away if any of these apply to you.

Before using Monurol :

Some medical conditions may interact with Monurol . Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you have any medical conditions, especially if any of the following apply to you:

  • if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or are breast-feeding
  • if you are taking any prescription or nonprescription medicine, herbal preparation, or dietary supplement
  • if you have allergies to medicines, foods, or other substances
  • if you have kidney problems

Some MEDICINES MAY INTERACT with Monurol . Tell your health care provider if you are taking any other medicines, especially any of the following:

  • Anorexiants (eg, phentermine) or certain sympathomimetics (eg, albuterol, amphetamine, pseudoephedrine) because the risk of side effects may be increased by Monurol
  • Lithium or tetracyclines because their effectiveness may be decreased by Monurol
  • Metoclopramide because the effectiveness of this medicine may be decreased

This may not be a complete list of all interactions that may occur. Ask your health care provider if Monurol may interact with other medicines that you take. Check with your health care provider before you start, stop, or change the dose of any medicine.

How to use Monurol :

Use Monurol as directed by your doctor. Check the label on the medicine for exact dosing instructions.

  • Monurol may be taken with or without food.
  • Separate the administration of Monurol from tetracyclines (eg, doxycycline).
  • Drinking extra fluids while you are taking Monurol is recommended. Check with your doctor for instructions.
  • To take Monurol , dissolve the contents of 1 packet in 3 to 4 ounces of water and drink immediately. Do not mix with hot water. Do not take Monurol in its dry form.
  • Only one dose of Monurol is necessary. Additional doses only increase the chance of side effects. If you forget to take Monurol , take it as soon as you remember.

Ask your health care provider any questions you may have about how to use Monurol .

Important safety information:

  • Monurol may cause dizziness. Do not drive, operate machinery, or do anything else that could be dangerous until you know how you react to Monurol . Using Monurol alone, with certain other medicines, or with alcohol may lessen your ability to drive or perform other potentially dangerous tasks.
  • If your symptoms do not improve within 2 to 3 days or if they become worse, check with your doctor.
  • LAB TESTS, including complete blood cell counts, may be performed to monitor your progress. Be sure to keep all doctor and lab appointments.
  • Monurol is not recommended for use in CHILDREN younger than 12 years of age. Safety and effectiveness in this age group have not been confirmed.
  • PREGNANCY and BREAST-FEEDING: If you become pregnant, discuss with your doctor the benefits and risks of using Monurol during pregnancy. It is unknown if Monurol is excreted in breast milk. Do not breast-feed while taking Monurol .

Possible side effects of Monurol :

All medicines may cause side effects, but many people have no, or minor, side effects. Check with your doctor if any of these most COMMON side effects persist or become bothersome:

Back pain; diarrhea; dizziness; headache; indigestion; inflammation of the vagina; loss of appetite; nausea; painful menstruation; runny nose; tiredness; vomiting.

Seek medical attention right away if any of these SEVERE side effects occur:

Severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue); changes in vision; giant hives; severe abdominal pain; severe diarrhea; vaginal irritation or discharge; worsened asthma; yellowing of skin or eyes.

This is not a complete list of all side effects that may occur. If you have questions or need medical advice about side effects, contact your doctor or health care provider. You may report side effects to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088 (1-800-332-1088) or at http://www.fda.gov/medwatch.

If OVERDOSE is suspected:

Contact 1-800-222-1222 (the American Association of Poison Control Centers), your local poison control center (http://www.aapcc.org/findyour.htm), or emergency room immediately.

Proper storage of Monurol :

Store Monurol at room temperature, between 59 and 86 degrees F (15 and 30 degrees C). Store away from heat, moisture, and light. Do not store in the bathroom. Keep Monurol out of the reach of children and away from pets.

General information:

  • If you have any questions about Monurol , please talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
  • Monurol is to be used only by the patient for whom it is prescribed. Do not share it with other people.
  • If your symptoms do not improve or if they become worse, check with your doctor.

This information is a summary only. It does not contain all information about Monurol . If you have questions about the medicine you are taking or would like more information, check with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.

Issue Date: September 5, 2007
Database Edition 07.3.1.003
Copyright © 2007 Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc.

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