Flagyl Product Description
Flagyl is an antimicrobial and antiprotozoal drug with a broad-spectrum antibacterial action. This antibiotic is effective against gram-positive anaerobes, gram-negative anaerobes and protozoan parasites. Flagyl antimicrobial drug is prescribed to children, adolescents and adult patients for the treatment of:
- protozoan infections (like trichomoniasis, amebiasis, giardiasis)
- anaerobic bacterial infections (including abscesses, lower respiratory tract infections)
Flagyl has a high antimicrobial activity, so it is widely used in the treatment of bacterial septicemia, intra-abdominal infections, skin and skin structure infections, acute dental infections, CNS infections, bone and joint infections.
When treating anaerobic infections in adults and adolescents aged 12 and older, the recommended dose of Flagyl is 400mg three times a day, 100 to 200 mg of antimicrobial drug three times a day is prescribed for children aged 1 year to 12 years. The maximum daily dose for adults is Flagyl 4 grams.
When treating protozoan infections in adults and adolescents aged 12 and older, 400-800 mg of Flagyl is prescribed three times a day; the daily dose may vary from 300 to 1200 mg per day divided into three or four equal doses for children aged 1 year to 12 years.
If you forget to take a Flagyl dose in time, carefully check whether it is time for the next dose of antibacterial drug. In this case, skip the forgotten dose and return to the assigned schedule of Flagyl therapy. If there is a lot of time left until the next Flagyl tablet, take this antibiotic as soon as you remember.
To treat severe forms of bacterial infections, Flagyl can be prescribed to patients both as a monotherapy and in combination with other antibiotics. If the patients with hepatic encephalopathy or impaired liver function are prescribed with the antibacterial drug, the daily dose of Flagyl should be reduced. Typically, the duration of antibacterial therapy is 1 week (7 days).
If the patient is prescribed with a prolonged use of Flagyl (over 10 days), hematological tests are recommended on regular basis. This will help to monitor the patient’s condition and timely to stop taking these antibiotic pills at the first signs of ataxia, convulsive seizures or paresthesia.
Flagyl oral capsules must be stored in the original package in a warm dry place, out of the reach of children. The recommended storage temperature of Flagyl is between 15°C and 30°C.
Flagyl Safety Information
Patients with peripheral and central nervous system diseases should use the antimicrobial drug with caution, since clinical studies have shown that Flagyl may cause neurological aggravation in these patients. Flagyl should be used with more caution in patients with elevated liver enzymes in anamnesis, because of the high risk of hepatitis and hepatocellular liver injury.
When using Flagyl with other antibacterials (most often with spiramycin), there were reported cases of liver failure requiring a liver transplant. Flagyl may cause sterile meningitis in some patients. The symptoms may appear within an hour after a dose of the antibiotic, as well as after the antibiotic therapy.
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Flagyl Side Effects
Flagyl drug is easily tolerated and it rarely causes any adverse reactions. They usually may occur if to take the increased doses of Flagyl tablets and not to follow the proper dosing regimen. All adverse reactions caused by this antibacterial drug, are mild and transient. In most cases, Flagyl causes gastrointestinal adverse reactions, among which are: diarrhea, nausea, abdominal pain and constipation. Much more rarely, patients using Flagyl complain of the manifestation of vomiting, taste disorders, headache, anorexia, and oral mucositis.