Flagyl is an effective and valued defense against bacterial infection. The generic name for Flagyl is metronidazole.
The Flagyl antibiotic is used to effectively kill anaerobic (low oxygen) bacteria and certain parasites in humans.
Areas of the body which may harbor anaerobic bacteria include the liver, abdomen, and pelvis. Infections within these regions that are commonly treated with the antibiotic Flagyl are:
• Bacterial peritonitis (of the abdomen)
• Abscesses of the liver
• Abscesses of the ovaries and fallopian tubes
• Bacterial infections of the brain
In addition, Metronidazole Flagyl may be used to treat bacterial vaginal infections and bacterial infections of the stomach, skin, joints, and respiratory tract infections.
Flagyl may also be chosen in the treatment of parasitic infections such as Giardia lambia and ameba, both of which may cause abdominal pain and chronic diarrhea. Patients taking metronidazole flagyl to treat a Giardia infection must follow up with their health care professional to ensure complete eradication of the parasite.
Flagyl may be prescribed to treat other infections at the discretion of a medical doctor.
Metronidazole Flagyl is generally safe for use by all ages, including premature infants, newborn infants, children, teens, and adults. Flagyl may however cause adverse effects in unborn babies and so it is not used during the first trimester of pregnancy. Likewise, Flagyl is not recommended for breast feeding mothers as adverse effects can occur in nursing infants.
Flagyl may be used prior to, during, and following certain medical procedures to treat or prevent bacterial infection. Patients may be prescribed antibiotic Flagyl before and during bowel surgery. Flagyl may also be prescribed to male and female carriers of trichominiasis even if symptoms of infection are not present in order to eradicate the invader and prevent infection.
Metronidazole Flagyl is subject to allergic reaction and side-effects, although side-effects with Flagyl are generally rare and the drug is usually well tolerated. Side effects may include numbness, tingling, pain, swelling, tenderness, dizziness, irritation, and unpleasant taste in the mouth; very rarely, seizures may result from Flagyl use. Any unpleasant or serious side-effects should be reported to your doctor so that appropriate action can be taken.
Flagyl can be affected by and can affect other medical conditions, and may interact with other medications, so it is important to share your complete medical history with your doctor.
Metronidazole Flagyl is an antibiotic that works best when constant levels of the drug are maintained in the bloodstream, so proper dosing schedules of Flagyl should be maintained to the best of your ability.
The Flagyl drug is an antibiotic used to treat a variety of bacterial infections.
Flagyl is made from metronidazole and is sold generically by the same name. Other trade names Flagyl, or metronidazole, may be sold under include:
• Flagyl 375
• Flagyl ER
Treating Infections with Flagyl
Flagyl is strictly an antibiotic and cannot treat yeast and viral infections.
Flagyl is available only with a doctor's prescription. It comes in capsule, tablet, or injectable forms. Metronidazole flagyl may be prescribed to both children and adults. Dosage is based on the body weight of the patient. The normal dose is 3.4 milligrams for every pound of body weight taken every six hours for a minimum of seven days. Dosages or dosing intervals may be adjusted by a doctor depending on what Flagyl is being taken to treat.
As with all antibiotics, the complete amount of Flagyl prescribed should be taken even if improvement is noted ahead of schedule. If a dose of Flagyl is missed, it should be taken as soon as possible, however, double-doses should never be taken; the missed dose should be skipped if it is close to the next scheduled dose and the schedule resumed.
If overdose is suspected, medical attention should be sought right away; symptoms of a metronidazole flagyl overdose include nausea, vomiting, dizziness and loss of balance and/or coordination, numbness or tingling, and seizures and convulsions.
Flagyl should be stored out of the reach of children, away from heat and direct light. Capsules and tablets should be stored away from sources of moisture. Heat and moisture can cause Flagyl to break down. Outdated or unused medication should be thrown away.
Flagyl Side Effects
Flagyl, like all drugs, does carry the risk of allergy and side-effects. Flagyl is generally well-tolerated and severe side-effects, including those listed below, are very rare; signs of allergy and possible flagyl side effects include the following:
• Numbness, tingling and/or pain in extremities such as the hands and feet
• Pain, tenderness, swelling at injection site
• Vaginal irritation, discharge, or dryness
• Discolored stools or urine
• Seizures and convulsions
• Dry mouth or unpleasant taste in mouth
Flagyl may be contraindicated for patients; be sure to tell your doctor if you have any of the following medical conditions:
• Liver disease
• Are in the first trimester of pregnancy
• Stomach or intestinal disease
• Blood disorders
• Seizure disorders
Likewise, metronidazole flagyl may be affected by other medications, so be sure to tell your doctor if you are taking any of the following:
• Tagamet (cimetidine)
• Seizure medications (like phenytoin or phenobarbitol)
• Blood thinners
Good communication with medical professionals insures safe medication, dosing, and effective management of infections.
Additional Metronidazole Flagyl Drug Resources
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