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Flagyl (metronidazole) functions as an antibiotic, amebicide and antiprotozoal, and is administered to combat infections caused by certain types of anaerobic bacteria, protozoa, and amoebozoa (which are a type of protozoa). The medication is used in both humans and animals to treat a number of conditions, most commonly:
Fighting Infections with Flagyl
Flagyl is often used as a sole treatment, but it is also very common for other medications to be co-administered to enhance effectiveness, particularly in severe cases. Other factors also influence administration; age, other health concerns and other medications being taken, just to name a few. Ideally a doctor will determine the ideal course of treatment, taking all factors into consideration.
A rough guideline of Flagyl use in otherwise-healthy adults is as follows:
Children and elderly patients will likely need modified doses based on weight and the severity of the condition. Severely overweight individuals may need somewhat higher doses.
Some tips to ensure treatment is trouble-free:
When the condition is mild enough to be treated outside of a hospital setting, most patients notice improvements very quickly, within one to three days of starting treatment, though symptoms may not disappear entirely for several more days.
Warnings & Side Effects
Patients with certain preexisting conditions may experience severe side effects from using Flagyl:
Otherwise Flagyl side effects are unusual and typically mild, similar to those encountered with any antibiotic:
More rarely, potentially dangerous adverse reactions may develop. Warning symptoms include:
Seek medical attention before continuing treatment if the above symptoms are experienced.
Flagyl may interact with a range of other medications which may interfere with effectiveness. Medications co-administered to combat infection may complicate side effects. Speak with a doctor or pharmacist for more details according to specific medication combinations.
The safety of Flagyl use in pregnancy is somewhat disputed. Parents should discuss risks with a trusted doctor before starting treatment.
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Medicines have benefits and some have risks. Always read the label and use only as directed. If symptoms persist or you have side effects see your health professional.