Without a Prescription
Flagyl belongs to the kind drug called antibiotics. Flagyl functions in the body by fighting the bacteria in it. The generic name of Flagyl is Metronidazole.
Flagyl is prescribed in treating infections in the body like abdominal infections, skin and tissue infections, bone and joint infections, gynecologic infections, and respiratory tract infections. Flagyl could also be prescribed in other purposes not mentioned here.
There are some situations that taking Flagyl is not good. Talk to your doctor first before taking Flagyl if you have stomach or intestinal disease, epilepsy or another seizure disorder, or liver disease. If you have the said conditions, your doctor might not allow you to take Flagyl, adjust your dose, or require you a special monitoring during the treatment with Flagyl. Flagyl belongs to the FDA pregnancy category B. Flagyl may not harm an unborn baby. However, talk to your doctor first before taking Flagyl if you are pregnant. Flagyl is known to pass in breast milk and may cause harm to a nursing infant. Talk to your doctor first before taking Flagyl if you are breast-feeding a baby.
Follow the exact direction given to you by your doctor in taking Flagyl. In case you did not understand the instruction, do not hesitate to ask your doctor, pharmacist or nurse to explain them to you. It is advisable to take every dose with a full glass of water. You may notice that your condition is improving even if the infection is not totally treated. You should take all the Flagyl that was prescribed by your doctor even if you feel better.
You may obtain the dose of Flagyl from your doctor. Follow the exact dose that your doctor will give you. The dose will vary from person to person. Do not change the dose given to you unless you are told by your doctor to do so.
Some of the signs of overdose with Flagyl are dizziness, nausea, vomiting, loss of coordination, numbness and tingling, and seizures. Look for emergency medical attention if you suspect or experience any of the said signs of overdose.
In case you miss a dose of Flagyl, take the missed dose as soon as you recall it. Take the remaining dose of the day in an equal time interval unless instructed by your doctor otherwise.
Some of the serious side effects of Flagyl are allergic reaction such as shortness of breath, swelling of your lips, closing of your throat, or hives; numbness or tingling; seizures; dizziness or loss of coordination; and severe diarrhea. If you experience any of the said serious side effects, stop taking Flagyl and look for emergency medical attention. Some of the less serious side effects of Flagyl are unpleasant metallic taste in your mouth; headache; darkening of the urine; nausea, vomiting, or loss of appetite; constipation or mild diarrhea; and swollen or sore tongue. If you experience any of the said less serious side effects, you may still continue taking Flagyl but consult your doctor. Other side effects not mentioned here may also occur. Talk to your doctor if you experience any unusual or bothersome side effects.
Talk to your doctor first before taking Flagyl if you are taking barbiturate like, amobarbital, or secobarbital; warfarin; phenytoin; or lithium. Other drugs not mentioned here may also affect Flagyl. Consult your doctor first before taking other prescriptions or over-the-counter medicines such as vitamins, minerals and herbal products.
Other Brand Names
In some countries Flagyl may also be known as:
- Neo Metrodazol;