Flagyl is an anti-infective medication with the active ingredient Metronidazole, which belongs to antibiotics of the nitroimidazole class. It works by killing bacteria and parasites that cause infections in your body. Flagyl can be used to:
- treat infections of the blood, brain, lung, bones, genital tract, pelvic area, stomach, and intestines;
- treat gum ulcers and other dental infections;
- treat infected leg ulcers and pressure sores;
- prevent infections after surgery.
This medicine is not effective in the treatment of vaginal yeast infection. Flagyl and other antibiotics also do no treat viral infections (e.g., flu, cold and other).
How to take Flagyl tablets
Always take the medication exactly as your doctor has told you. Use this medicine for the full prescribed length of time.
Swallow the tablets whole with a drink of water.
Do not crush or chew the tablets.
Take Flagyl tablets during or just after a meal.
It is important to finish a full course of treatment (usually, for up to 10 days). The length of the course will depend on your needs and the illness being treated. Do not stop taking Flagyl abruptly.
If you take more Flagyl tablets than you should
Contact your doctor or nearest hospital emergency department immediately, if you take more than you should. Do not exceed the doctor’s recommended dose. Symptoms of Flagyl overdose include dizziness, seizures, torpor, retching, nausea, lack of balance, problems with coordination, tingling.
If you forget to take Flagyl tablets
If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you remember and carry on as before. If it is almost the time for your next dose, skip the forgotten one and continue as usual. Do not take a double dose to make up for a forgotten one.
How to store Flagyl tablets
Store below 25°C (77°F) away from moisture and light.
Do not use this medicine after the expiration date.
Keep this medicine out of sight and reach of children.