Metronidazole 250 mg is antibiotic drug effective against a wide range of bacterial and protozoal infections. The drug must not be taken without prescription as any antibiotic must be used only against susceptible types of bacteria to avoid the development of drug resistance. Patients guessing which drug will help with their symptoms provoke mutation of bacteria making them resistant to the drugs and thus making the treatment harder and riskier for patient’s health. As Metronidazole is well absorbed in stomach, the most popular way of administration of the drug is oral route. Pills are available in various dosages ensuring flexible regime of treatment: 250mg, 375mg (capsules), 500mg tablets.
Metronidazole is effective in minimum dosages as 250mg. According to patient reviews the Metronidazole 250 mg pills are extremely effective against the next diseases:
- Crohn disease in various forms (moderate and acute)
- deep infections of neck
- pelvic tissues inflammations
- bacterial vaginal infections (vaginitis)
The Metronidazole 250 mg pills have performed weaker efficacy for treatment of the next diseases:
- bone infecitons
- teeth and dental infections (gum and jaws)
- Helicobacter Pylori infections of stomach and intestines
- infections of skin and soft tissues
Why Metronidazole 250 mg pills needs a prescription?
In the recent years the pharmacuetical industry has registered a boom in resistance of microorganisms. The key reason of such a phenomenon is careless self treatment of patients. People neglect visiting the doctors, read symptoms and disease diagnostic algorithms online and search for medicines which are probably effective for their cases.
Fact #1 – antibiotics work together with human immune system to clear the infection out from the body.
Fact #2 – any antibiotic presents anti-inflammatory effect, thus even improper medicine will ease the symptoms and will make you feel better from the first intake.
Fact #3 – wrong antibiotics develop drug resistance in micro-organisms.
What happens in the body when a patient takes a wrong antibiotic? The patient feels immediate relief due to anti-inflammatory effect of the drug. However when the drug is withdrawn, the symptoms come back. Up to the 30% of patients report that the symptoms become even more severe. Less than 10% of patients report complete recovery from the antibiotic they choose without doctor’s prescription.
Why to see a doctor?
Most of the infections feature the same or similar symptoms as pain, redness, swelling, immobility (in case of inflammation of joints), overall bad feeling, fever, nausea, vomiting. In case of sexually transmitted infections, patients report discharge, pain, itching, burning, dryness and discomfort during manipulations as hygienic care or sex.
To diagnose exactly what causes the symptoms is impossible. These can be symptoms of immune stress which causes vaginal or urinary tract flora rapid change, or the symptoms are caused with invasion of a strange strain of bacteria.
Without getting lab tests done, you must not take even the smallest dosages of the drug.
Lab tests will indicate which type of bacteria causes the infection, the scale of contamination. This information allows to estimate a proper dosage for your individual scheme and to develop a proper treatment scheme.
There are different schemes of treatment for various diseases. The treatment considers the presence of symptoms:
acute infections with severe symptoms require maximum one time dosage – about 2g for the first intake, then 500mg of Metronidazole twice a day. In case of bad tolerance (see our section of side effects of Metronidazole 250 mg) patients get their dosage reduced to 250mg for one time intake, however the frequency of the intakes gets higher (up to 3-4 intakes per day in even intervals of time).
Moderate infections or latent infections are recommended to treat with moderate dosages of the drug. Patients commonly get prescribed 250mg for three-time intake.
Why 250mg of Metronidazole is recommended?
250mg of Metronidazole is one of the most frequently prescribed dosages of the antibiotic as this dosage is less expected to perform any side effects unlike intravenous injections and Metronidazole in 500mg dosages.
A pill of Metronidazole is not recommended to be split. Thus if you buy pills of 250mg you will be able to upgrade to the next dosage by simply taking two pills, while in case with a pill of 500mg you will not be able to evenly split the dosage.
Is Metronidazole 250 mg effective?
We have researched the reviews of patients about the efficiency of the drug. The patients have taken the drug against various infections.
Metronidazole pills of 250mg offer enough strength to cope with mild to moderate vaginitis. Unlike the drug of 500mg the half dosage pills are less prone to cause headache and lightheadedness.
Patients getting prescribed 500mg of Metronidazole for treatment of bacterial vaginitis commonly complain about nausea and vomiting. Diarrhea is considered to be a variation of norm when taking the drug. However this unwanted effect can be corrected with proper nutrition. The drug is recommended to take either with meals or right after the meals. In this case the drug will not irritate empty stomach.
Most of the patients report the weakening of symptoms of unwanted effects right after the reduction of the dosage of the drug. Mind, that we do not recommend to manage your dosage on your own without informing your healthcare provider on your symptoms.
How to buy Metronidazole in pills?
We strongly suggest to visit your doctor and to get prescription for the drug. If you neglect visiting a doctor, then follow the next instruction on purchasing the antibiotic:
- you can get Metronidazole over the counter only from online drug store
- buy the lowest dosage available – you can buy either Metronidazole or Flagyl – these are the same medicines
- take the drug exactly as it is prescribed in the patient info leaflet for your case
- learn the information on how the drug is dosed and produced for sale – do not buy the drug if it looks different than the official drug site performs
- watch the marking and inscriptions on the pills – a pill of the drug must contain digits indicating contained dosage and the abbreviation of the producer.