What is Flagyl?
Flagyl contains Metronidazole as its active constituent. This drug is used for the treatment of a variety of bacterial infections of the stomach, skin vagina, joints, and respiratory tract. Metronidazole belongs to a category of antibacterial drugs which is known as Nitroimidazoles. This drug works by inhibiting the nucleic acid synthesis and obstructing DNA of microbial cells. So this significant mechanism of Metronidazole inhibits the growth of bacteria.
What are the contraindications of Flagyl?
- Do not use this drug if you are suffering from liver disease
- You should not use this drug if you are a patient of stomach or intestinal disease like Crohn's disease.
- Do not use Flagyl if you are suffering from blood cell disorders like anemia
- If you are suffering from epilepsy or other seizure disorder do not use this drug.
- Patient suffering from nerve disorders should not use this drug.
What are the drug interactions of Flagyl?
You should inform a doctor if you administer other medicines with flagyl because some medicines may produce harmful effects:
Cimetidine; seizure drugs like phenytoin or phenobarbital; blood thinner such as warfarin, lithium or disulfiram
What is the storage condition of Flagyl?
Store this drug at room temperature 20 to 30 degrees. Keep out of reach of children.
How to administer Flagyl:
Flagyl is available in extend release tablet form. Administer this drug orally with sufficient water. This drug should be administered on an empty stomach or after 3 hours of eating a meal.
You should not crush, chew, or break an extended-release tablet. Swallow it whole. Breaking the tablet may cause excess release of the drug at one time. Take this drug every day at the same time.
Missed dose of Flagyl
Try to avoid missing a dose, take as soon as you remember. Skip the missed dose if it is almost time for your next dose. You should not take extra medicine to make up the missed dose.
Over dose of Flagyl
You should not use many tablets at the same time. It causes over dose. Consult a doctor immediately if you feel over dose symptoms like- loss of balance or coordination, numbness and tingling
Possible side effects of Flagyl:
Numbness or tingling in your hands or feet; white patches or sores inside your mouth or on your lips; pain or burning when you urinate; diarrhea that is watery or bloody; vision problems, pain behind your eyes
What are the precautions of Flagyl?
- Avoid administration of Metronidazole in the first trimester of pregnancy because it is harmful to the fetus.
- Lactating mothers should not use this medicine because it can pass into breast milk and may harm a breastfeeding baby.
- This medicine may interfere with certain laboratory tests including liver function tests and blood triglyceride levels and there are possibilities of false test results being generated so inform your doctor.