Flagyl should be applied under the attentive supervision of a doctor by anyone who has problems with a liver. Those who have a sensitivity or allergy to metronidazole should not take Flagyl.
Abandoning the drug before the infection is completely won can lead to serious consequences. A stronger type of bacteria may arise, or the infection may return and become more difficult to treat.
There is a number of side effects that Flagyl may cause. The most serious are seizures and prickling or numbness in the extremities (these are arms, legs, feet and hands). If you observe these symptoms, interrupt taking Flagyl and contact your doctor immediately.
As for other side effects, they may include painful contraction of abdominal muscles, diarrhea, nausea, headache, vomiting and loss of appetite. See the detailed information for a more full list.
Flagyl interacts in different ways with several drugs. Give the prescribing physician a detailed account of all drugs, nutritional supplements you are administering, in the first place the ones from the following list: Anticoagulants (for example Warfarin), Alcohol, Amprenavir, Barbiturate drugs for stimulating sleep or curing seizures (convulsions), Cimetidine, Disulfiram (Antabuse), Carbamazepine, Tacrolimus, Dofetilide, Lithium, Methadone, Phenytoin, Fluorouracil, Sirolimus.
Alcoholic drinks should not be imbibed until 72 hours (3 days) after the last portion of Flagyl is taken. Drinking alcohol while taking the drug could lead to abdominal cramps, headache, nausea, vomiting and flushing. The drug can also alter the taste of alcohol. Be careful in avoiding alcohol from unexpected sources, like nonprescription cough suppressants or cold medications (NyQuil, for example).
Pregnant women should avoid Flagyl in their first trimester.
The FDA has sorted out Flagyl as a “B” drug. The outcome that the drug has on an unborn child is not researched very well. Flagyl need only be applied in case of pregnancy if it is distinctly needed. Inform the doctor if you get pregnant in course of taking the medicine. For it does pass into breast milk and can affect a nursing infant. It is to be used with careful attention in nursing mothers.
Milk thistle (Silybum marianum) might protect the liver from the consequenses of medications that may harm it, that is such as Flagyl. It has not been researched in direct correlation with this drug, but it may be offered as a complementary therapy.
Antibiotics destroy bacteria in the organism. Many of them can’t separate what bacteria are “good” or “bad”. Hence some antibiotics may kill “good” bacteria in the colon along with the “bad,” what results in diarrhea. However, this medication doesn’t seem to cause “antibiotic-associated diarrhea” – on the contrary, it might be a treatment for it.