Flagyl

Flagyl – Effective Antibiotic

Nowadays, many doctors prescribe Flagyl to treat a wide range of infections, because this medication belongs to a group of antibiotics called nitroimidazoles. This medicine works by stopping the growth of protozoa and bacteria, and it means that Flagyl can treat different bacterial and protozoal infections. It’s not effective against viral infections, so you shouldn’t take it to kill viruses. This medicine should be taken either with meals or with a glass of milk and water to prevent stomach ulcers. Regular doses are always based on a particular infection type, individual response and other basic factors. Flagyl should be taken at evenly-spaced intervals, and patients aren’t allowed to stop using it too early because their infections will return.

List of Potential Side Effects

Like other pharmaceutical products, Flagyl is responsible for causing certain side effects, but most of them are mild and rare, including:

  • Headaches and dizziness;
  • Nausea and stomach ulcers;
  • Loss of appetite and diarrhea;
  • Taste changes and dry mouth;
  • Constipation and allergies.

Sometimes, this medication may result in having dark urine, but this symptom is harmless. If you experience the following serious side effects, you need to go to the hospital immediately:

  • Seizures and painful urination;
  • Mood and mental changes;
  • Unsteadiness and numbness of feet and hands;
  • Vision changes and eye pain;
  • Painful or stiff neck;
  • Unusual bleeding and bruising;
  • Persistent fever and sore throat.

If you take Flagyl for a long time, it may result in oral thrush, so you should contact your doctor to adjust this treatment.

Basic Contraindications

Before using this drug, consult qualified doctors, especially if you have any serious pre-existing conditions, such as allergic reactions, nervous system disorders, liver problems, blood issues and others. All kinds of alcoholic beverages should be avoided when taking Flagyl, because this combination may lead to such unwanted symptoms as vomiting, nausea, stomach cramps, flushing and headaches. Besides, this medicine may make you dizzy, so you should be careful when driving or doing other things that require your complete alertness. Older patients are more prone to developing unwanted side effects, while pregnant and breastfeeding women should be careful when using Flagyl because of possible risks.

There are certain drug combinations that should be avoided when taking this medicine, because they reduce its effectiveness and lead to serious adverse effects. For instance, it’s not advisable to combine Flagyl with such meds as blood thinners, alcohol-containing products, lithium, live bacterial vaccines, pills for seizures, birth control pills and some others. This medicine is also responsible for false results of certain lab tests, so that doctors always need to know about all the medications you’re taking to prevent contraindications and stay safe.