Flagyl ER is a specific form of metronidazole taken by patients to treat different vaginal infections. It belongs to a group of meds called nitroimidazole antibiotics, and it functions by stopping the growth of protozoa and bacteria. This means that this medicine should be taken to treat only protozoal and bacterial infections. Its overuse or misuse leads to its reduced effectiveness, so be careful when taking Flagyl ER.
Basic Guidelines about Its Proper Intake
This medicine should be taken orally only once a day and according to the directions given by your physician. To help it be properly absorbed by the body, you should take Flagyl ER on an empty stomach, 1-2 hours before or after meals. It’s not allowed to chew or crash this medication because you risk ending up with increased side effects. Be sure to use it at regular and evenly spaced time intervals to get the most out of this treatment. Don’t stop taking this medicine too early if you don’t want bacteria and protozoa to keep growing in the body.
Flagyl ER Side Effects
This medication may result in a set of unwanted side effects, such as:
Headache and dizziness;
Nausea and diarrhea;
Loss of appetite and stomach pain;
Furry tongue and constipation;
Dry mouth and taste changes.
The good news is that these symptoms are rare and mild, so most patients undergo this treatment conveniently. Sometimes, the use of Flagyl ER leads to darkening of the urine, but this condition is harmless. There are some unlikely and serious side effects that may be caused by this drug, including:
Mood and mental changes;
Seizures and unsteadiness;
Tingling and numbness of feet and hands;
Painful urination and allergies;
Sore throat and eye pain;
Painful and stiff neck;
Persistent and severe headaches;
Unexpected vision changes;
Unusual bruising and bleeding;
Persistent fever and stomach pain;
New yeast infections and oral thrush.
Important Precautions and Possible Drug Interactions
Before you start taking Flagyl ER be sure to tell doctors everything about your medical history, especially when it comes to allergic reactions, blood disorders, liver problems, seizures, nervous system ailments and others. You should avoid drinking any alcoholic beverages when undergoing this treatment, because they may result in such unwanted symptoms as vomiting, nausea, headache, flushing and stomach ulcers. The use of Flagyl ER can make you feel dizzy, so you shouldn’t drive or do other things that require your full attention because you won’t be able to do that safely. Older patients are more prone to experiencing adverse effects caused by this medicine.
Finally, Flagyl ER shouldn’t be taken with specific medications because of possible dangerous drug interactions. Doctors normally don’t allow their patients to combine this medicine with the products that contain alcohol, blood thinners, live bacterial vaccines, pills for seizures and some others.