What is Flagyl (Metronidazole) used for?
Flagyl (Metronidazole) is an oral antibiotic medication used to treat patients suffering from infections caused by bacteria or protozoa. It operates by destroying or preventing the reproduction of bacteria or protozoa allowing the immune system to control or destroy the infection. Your doctor may prescribe this medication to be used along with others or for the treatment of other unlisted conditions, as well.
How should I use Flagyl (Metronidazole)?
Flagyl (Metronidazole) is normally prescribed to be administered once daily for a cycle of medication lasting one or two weeks, but your individual directions will be determined by your doctor based on your age, weight, current health, the particular condition being treated, and the severity of your symptoms. These should be swallowed with a large glass of water and a meal to prevent nausea. Do not change the form of the tablets by crushing or splitting them as this may destroy or alter the effects of their contents. Never stop taking the medicine, even if your symptoms seem to have disappeared, as the infection may not be completely destroyed and can return stronger or more resistant from treatment. Ask your pharmacist or doctor any questions you have about the medicine to ensure the correct administration.
What are the side effects of Flagyl (Metronidazole)?
Flagyl (Metronidazole) may cause side effects in some patients including:
Serious side effects that may require immediate medical assistance are difficulty concentrating, fever, flu symptoms, numbness, tingling sensations, painful urination, diarrhoea that is watery or bloody, or severe skin rashes. Inform your doctor as soon as you experience any worrying symptoms to make sure the necessary changes are made to your application frequency or dosage to stop further health complications from occurring.
Flagyl (Metronidazole) should not be administered to patients who are allergic to metronidazole or who have had a bad reaction to similar treatments in the past. Also disclose if you have porphyrias, brain or spinal cord diseases, decreased liver function, or hepatic encephalopathy. These conditions may cause unexpected health problems requiring special adjustments to your regimen.
Strictly use Flagyl (Metronidazole) as prescribed and follow all instructions provided by your doctor. Safe, suitable, and optimum dosage can vary and is dependent on the patient`s health and medical history, as well as the condition you are treating.
Flagyl (Metronidazole) may not be safe or suitable for all patients. Always ensure your doctor is informed if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, using any other type of medication (including non-prescription medicine, vitamins, and supplements), as well as if you have any allergies, other illnesses, or pre-existing medication conditions.
Seek immediate medical attention or proceed to your nearest accident and emergency department if you suffer a hypersensitive or allergic reaction. Symptoms usually present during a reaction of this nature include difficulty breathing or swallowing, swelling of the limbs or face, tight chest, hives, and skin rashes.