Flagyl is a commonly prescribed antibiotic which is used to treat infections in the reproductive system, vagina, skin, GI tract, and other parts of the body. Flagyl is well known to be a powerful medication—so powerful that it can cause common and obnoxious side effects such as dizziness, headache, and stomach upset. Despite this, indeed perhaps because of it, it is also powerful enough to effectively cure many different infections. Flagyl is only prescribed to treat bacterial infections, not viral infections.
Not only does Flagyl effectively fight and eliminate microorganisms in the body, but it is also easy to take. Flagyl contains metronidazole as an active ingredient and is taken orally in tablet form. You will be told by your doctor whether to take the medication twice or three times a day. Most courses of Flagyl last 5-10 days, but sometimes it is necessary to take Flagyl for longer to treat particularly persistent infections.
To get the full beneficial effects of Flagyl, you must follow all instructions and take Flagyl as ordered. Even though taking antibiotics is no fun, you shouldn’t stop taking Flagyl if you start feeling better, unless your prescribed round is actually completed. Many times the symptoms of an infection subside before the microorganisms are fully eliminated. If you don’t finish the course of antibiotics, the microorganisms could re-spawn, and the infection could start all over again. On the same note, though, you should be aware that if you need to take Flagyl for an extended time period, you could develop a new infection—if you start to perceive symptoms of a vaginal infection or oral thrush, you should let your doctor know right away.
Flagyl can cause some common side effects since it is so potent. Do not be too alarmed if you feel dizzy, which is very common, or if you experience some loss of appetite coupled with digestive symptoms like diarrhea, upset stomach, or constipation. If however you experience persistent nausea or vomiting, these side effects are serious and should be immediately reported. Also immediately report sudden changes in vision, eye pain, a severe or persistent headache, severe stomach cramps, a sore throat or fever or other sign of infection, a stiff neck or unexplained bruising or bleeding. All of these symptoms are serious, but all are also rare. Allergic reactions are also possible which include itching and swelling, the development of a rash, or severe vertigo. Difficulty breathing signals an allergic reaction as well. These are serious reactions and shouldn’t be ignored. They are also uncommon.
Flagyl does come with side effects, but most people will experience only the most common ones, and these are no cause for concern. You may also feel tired and drained while taking Flagyl since this is just par the course with any antibiotic. Taking Flagyl can be well worth the temporary discomfort though since it can quickly and effectively wipe out whatever infection you’re battling. This benefit outweighs the drawbacks for the vast majority of patients.