Flagyl is an antibiotic used against anaerobic bacteria Peptostreptococcus, Clostridium sp., Bacteroides sp., Prevotella, Fusobacterium, Veillonella and certain parasites such as Trichomonas vaginalis (vaginitis), Giardia intestinalis (lambliosis of bowels and liver), Entamoeba histolytica. This medication is used to treat such conditions: bacterial peritonitis, liver abscesses, abscesses of the ovaries and the Fallopian tubes.
Dosage and directions
Your dose should be administered by your physician depending on your condition, disease and age. Flagyl may be taken orally with or without food. In the hospital sometimes, Flagyl is prescribed intravenously to treat serious infections. Take the extended-release tabs of Flagyl at least 1-2 hours before or after a meal (on an empty stomach). Do not chew, break or crush extended-release tabs and swallow them whole. Do not stop to take this drug even if you feel fine and your symptoms disappeared unless your doctor recommended it.
Long treatment requires complete blood count on a regular basis. Avoid drinking alcohol. Intake of Flagyl in patients is not advised during the first trimester of pregnancy. Let your doctor know if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant, have liver disease, a stomach or intestinal diseases such as Crohn's disease, a blood cell disorder such as anaemia or leukopenia, epilepsy or other seizure and nerve disorders.
Possible side effect:
• taste of metal in the mouth
• abdominal pain
• allergy (rash, hives)
• leucopenia and brown-red color of urine in patients treated for long time with this medication
Serious side effects include seizures and damage of nerves resulting in numbness and tingling of extremities, if you experience this you need immediate help of your doctor.
Flagyl is compatible with sulphanilamides and antibiotics. Its combination with disulphiram, indirectly-acting inhibitors of clotting and certain myorelaxants is not desired. Non is compatible with alcoholic beverages. Flagyl increases levels of lithium in blood serum. Flagyl should not be co-administered with amprenavir for treating human immunodeficiency disease.
If you missed a dose take it as soon as you remember. If it almost time of your next dose just skip it and return to your regular schedule. Never double dose this medication.
In case of serious and persistent nausea, vomiting, dizziness, loss of balance or coordination, numbness and tingling, or seizures consult your doctor about medical attention.
Store at room temperature between 59-77 degrees F (15-25 degrees C) away from light and moisture, kids and pets. Do not use after expiration term.