Brand Name(s): Metronidazole
Drug Class: Antibiotic
Treats: Pseudomembranous Colitis, Trichomoniasis, H. pylori infection, Bacterial vaginosis, Bacteremia, Meningitis, Peritonitis, Endocarditis, Osteomyelitis, Giardiasis
Flagyl is a drug used to treat a vast array of infections. Specifically it targets bacteria, known as anaerobic bacteria, which do not use oxygen to grow. This makes it a highly useful drug for quite a lot of infections, ranging from bacterial vaginosis and peritonitis, to H. pylori infection and pseudomembranous colitis. It works by disturbing the synthesis of DNA inside anaerobic organisms. Flagyl has numerous interactions, some of which cause nausea and vomiting, such as that which occurs with alcohol.
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As an antibiotic, Flagyl works to prevent and stop the spread of bacterial and protozoal infection growth.
When used in combination with anti-ulcer medications, Flagyl can also be used to treat stomach ulcers.
Below you will find the different types of conditions that can be treated by using Flagyl:
- Bacterial infection
- Lower respiratory infection
- Skin infection
- Stomach ulcers (in combination with other medications)
The dosage for Flagyl may differ depending on the individual that it is being used to treat, as well as the condition that it is being used to treat. Below you will find the average dose for a few of the conditions.
- Adult Dose: 500 mg three times daily
- Adult Dose: 250 mg tablets three times daily for one week
- Adult Dose: 500 mg twice daily; alongside clarithromycin and a proton-pump inhibitor
- Adult Dose: 750 mg orally once daily
- Adult Dose: 7.5mg/kg to be administered every six hours
Flagyl Side Effects
It's worth noting that not all patients suffer side-effects with Flagyl. Each patient reacts to the medicine in their own way. Despite this, certain effects are more commonly experienced than others, such as those listed below. This is by no means an exhaustive list. If you have any concerns about such effects while taking this medicine, you are advised to consult your doctor or pharmacist.
Consult your doctor if you experience any of the following side-effects:
Flagyl interacts with numerous medications, all of which will be discussed with you when this medicine is prescribed. Be aware, however, that you are advised not to consume alcohol while taking this drug, as it can cause nausea and vomiting. If you have any concerns about the medication you are currently taking, you should discuss this with your doctor at the first opportunity. The list of interactions below is not an exhaustive list.