Flagyl review

Flagyl, generically known as metronidazole, is prescribed for the treatment of serious infections caused by susceptible anaerobic bacteria, amebiasis, trichomoniasis and asymptomatic partners of infected patients. Flagyl has also been used to treat Crohn’s disease and antibiotic-associated pseudomembranous colitis. The medication is taken to invade bacterial cells and destroy them; Flagyl only fights bacterial infections, not viral infections. When taking this medication follow-up visits and additional laboratory monitoring should expected and it is imperative to keep appointments and effectively communicate with the prescribing physician. It is not necessary to take this drug with food, unless an upset stomach occurs. The tablets should never be crushed, chewed or divided.

Flagyl should be taken exactly as prescribed and only the health care provider should change the dose or discontinue the treatment. If the treatment is stopped too soon, the infection could still remain in body and if the treatment is prolonged a second infection may occur. A typical treatment will last 4 to 6 weeks. Only the prescribed dose of the drug should be taken at a time, if a dose is missed, never take medication to make up for a missed dose.

If an overdose is suspected, immediately seek assistance from an emergency medical facilitity. An overdose may present with symptoms such as nausea, dizziness, vomiting, numbness, tingling, loss of balance, lack of coordination, and seizures.

There is a strong caution to taking this medication; Flagyl is known to cause cancer in laboratory animals and this drug should only be taken if absolutely necessary. Any patient that has angina pectoris or coronary artery disease should be monitored closely and should not withdrawal suddenly from this medication due to exacerbation of angina, occurrence of MI and ventricular arrhythmias.

The pregnancy rating provided by the American Food and Drug Administration is a category B pregnancy risk. Women who are pregnant or may become pregnant should not be prescribed this medication. Flagyl has been proven to pass through the mother’s breast milk and may affect a nursing infant. Women who are nursing should not take this medication.

The elderly can take this medication, although serum levels may need to monitor. The safety and efficacy has not been established, so children should not take this medication. Anyone that is allergic to any of the ingredients in Flagyl, within their first three months of pregnancy, has a history of liver disease, Crohn’s disease, taking HIV treatment drugs that contain alcohol or taking bulsulfan should not take this medication. The consumption of alcohol should be restrained during the time of taking the medication and for an additional three days after the therapy ends.

Interactions may occur if other medication is taken while taking Flagyl. Flagyl will reduce the effectiveness of oral contraceptives; alternate birth control should be utilized while taking this drug. Barbiturates will reduce the effectiveness of Flagyl. The side effects from medications like anticoagulants, ergot alkaloids, and lithium can be enhanced by taking Flagyl. This medication will interfere will some lab tests and will result can result in zero values.

Flagyl has its own set of side effects. Minor side effects are appetite loss, drowsiness, diarrhea, metallic taste, headaches, stomach upset and vomiting. These should be reported to the health care provider if the side effects are persistent. Bloody stool, burning of limbs, seizures, sore throat, chills, fever, seizure or any other neurological symptoms, white patches in mouth and stomach pains are severe side effects and need to be promptly report to the health care provider and immediate emergency medical attention should be sought.

Flagyl has the following structural formula:

Chemical structure of flagyl

• Molecular formula of flagyl is C6H9N3O3
• Chemical IUPAC Name is 2-(2-methyl-5-nitro-1H-imidazol-1-yl)ethanol
• Molecular weight is 171.154 g/mol
Flagyl available : 375mg capsules, 250mg tablets, 500mg tablets

Generic name: Metronidazole

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