FLAGYL

23 Aug 2019

Generic Name : METRONIDAZOLE

ABSTRACT –

Flagyl is used to treat different kinds of infection in the body. It works by restricting the growth of various bacteria and parasites. It does not treat any type of viral infections like flu and common cold. This medication is also used in combination with other drugs to fight bacterial ulcers in stomach. It helps to treat other bacterial infections of skin, vagina, brain, liver, joints and respiratory tract.

DOSAGE –

  • Flagyl has to be taken as directed by the doctors.
  • Adult dosages:
  • Injection solution: 15 mg/kg infused over one hour

    Tablet: 2 grams daily

SIDE EFFECTS –

  • Agitation
  • Back pain
  • Seizures
  • Shakiness and unsteady walk
  • Decreased vision
  • Depression
  • Dizziness
  • Drowsiness
  • Eye pain
  • Fever
  • Burning or painful sensations in the hands or feet
  • Confusion
  • Irritability
  • Trouble in speaking
  • Headache
  • Blindness or blurred vision.
  • Unusual tiredness or weakness
  • Lack of coordination

RARE SIDE EFFECTS:

  • Bleeding gums
  • Cough
  • Dark urine
  • Swollen glands
  • Yellow eyes or skin
  • Fast heartbeat
  • Indigestion
  • Loss of appetite
  • Bloating
  • Chest pain
  • Painful or difficulty in urination
  • Pain in the stomach and side
  • Sore throat
  • Constipation

DRUG INTERACTIONS –

  • Amprenavir
  • Anisindione
  • Disulfiram
  • Ethanol
  • Typhoid vaccine, live
  • Busulfan
  • Cholera vaccine, live
  • Dicumarol
  • Warfarin

Flagyl has major interactions with 10 different drugs.

MODERATE DRUG INTERACTIONS –

  • Auranofin
  • Benznidazole
  • Hydralazine
  • Black cohosh
  • Lovastatin
  • Zalcitabine
  • Nitrofurantoin
  • Oxaliplatin
  • Vinorelbine
  • Paclitaxel
  • Cyclosporine
  • Fluvastatin
  • Fosphenytoin
  • Galantamine
  • Dapsone
  • Didanosine

Flagyl has moderate interactions with 124 different drugs.

PRECAUTIONS –

  • This drug contains inactive ingredients which may result in allergic reactions. So a pharmacist must be consulted before consuming it.
  • It is of utmost necessity to discuss any medical history related to liver or kidney disease, stomach ulcers/ bleeding, nerve disorder, fungal body infection, or blood cells disorders.
  • Do not consume any kind of alcoholic beverages for minimum three days after your last dose of the medicine.
  • Do not take any vaccination or immunizations while taking this medication.

PREGNANCY AND LACTATION WITH FLAGYL:

  • Use of Flagyl in pregnancy may be acceptable only if the benefits exceed the risks involved.
  • Studies in animal pregnancy have shown adverse effects on fetus. But no adequate studies have been found in humans to access the damage involved.
  • It is not advised to use this drug during the first trimester of pregnancy as it may cause adverse effects on fetus.
  • Flagyl transfers into breast milk. Do not breast feed your infant for a minimum of 24 hours after taking this drug.

WARNINGS –

  • Using this drug when not needed might make it fatal for future treatments.
  • Do not use this medication to treat vaginal yeast infection.
  • Reach your doctor in case of symptoms like irregular heartbeat, nausea and vomiting.
  • Keep out of reach of children. In case of overdose, get medical help or contact a Poison Control Center immediately.

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