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Flagyl Suspension

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Introduction

Flagyl Suspension is an antibiotic medicine that helps your body fight infections caused by bacteria and parasites. It is used to treat infections of the liver, stomach, intestines, vagina, brain, heart, lungs, bones and skin.

Flagyl Suspension helps prevent an infection after surgery. It is also used in the treatment of dental infections, leg ulcers, and pressure sores. This medicine is best taken after eating some food. It should be taken at the same time each day to get the most benefit. The amount you are advised will depend on what you are being treated for and how bad it is, but you should take this antibiotic exactly as prescribed by your doctor. Your symptoms may get better after a short time but do not stop taking it until you have finished a full course of treatment, even if you feel well. If you stop taking it early, some bacteria may survive, and the infection may come back. Do not drink any alcohol while taking this medicine and for a few days after stopping it. Otherwise, you may get unpleasant side effects like nausea, vomiting, and stomach pain.

The most common side effects of this medicine are headache, dryness in the mouth, nausea, and a slight metallic taste in the mouth. These are usually mild but let your doctor know if they bother you or last more than a few days. You can try using sugarless candies or lozenges to overcome any dryness or metallic taste in the mouth.

Before using this medicine, inform your doctor if you are allergic to any medicine or have any kidney or liver problems or any disease of the nervous system. Your doctor may change the dose or prescribe a different medicine. If you are pregnant or breastfeeding, inform your doctor before taking this medicine.

Uses of Flagyl Oral Suspension

Benefits of Flagyl Oral Suspension

In Bacterial infections

Flagyl Suspension is a versatile antibiotic medicine that can be used to treat many different infections caused by bacteria. These include infections of the blood, brain, lungs, bones, joints, urinary tract, stomach, and intestines. It can also be used to treat gum ulcers and other dental infections (abscesses), leg ulcers, and pressure sores. It works by stopping the growth of the bacteria causing the infection.

This medicine usually makes you feel better quite quickly. However, you should continue taking it as long as it is prescribed even when you feel better, to make sure that all bacteria are killed and do not become resistant. This medicine is generally safe to use while pregnant or breastfeeding, but you should ask your doctor.

In Parasitic infections

Flagyl Suspension is an antibiotic medicine that helps treat many parasitic infections such as amoebic dysentery. It works by stopping the growth of parasites causing the infection. This medicine usually makes you feel better quite quickly. However, you should continue taking it as long as it is prescribed even when you feel better, to make sure that all parasites are killed and do not become resistant. This medicine is generally safe to use while pregnant or breastfeeding, but you should ask your doctor.

Side effects of Flagyl Oral Suspension

Most side effects do not require any medical attention and disappear as your body adjusts to the medicine. Consult your doctor if they persist or if you’re worried about them

Common side effects of Flagyl

  • Headache
  • Dryness in mouth
  • Nausea
  • Metallic taste

How to use Flagyl Oral Suspension

Take this medicine in the dose and duration as advised by your doctor. Check the label for directions before use. Measure it with a measuring cup and take it by mouth. Shake well before use. Flagyl Suspension is to be taken with food.

How Flagyl Oral Suspension works

Flagyl Suspension is an antibiotic. It kills the bacteria and other microorganisms that cause infections by damaging their DNA.

Safety Advice

Alcohol
UNSAFE
Consuming alcohol while taking Flagyl Suspension may cause symptoms such as flushing, increased heart beat, nausea, thirst, chest pain and low blood pressure (Disulfiram reaction).
Pregnancy
SAFE IF PRESCRIBED
Flagyl Suspension is generally considered safe to use during pregnancy. Animal studies have shown low or no adverse effects to the developing baby; however, there are limited human studies.
Breastfeeding
CAUTION
Flagyl Suspension should be used with caution during breastfeeding. Breastfeeding should be held until the treatment of the mother is completed and the drug is eliminated from her body.
If a single dose of Flagyl Suspension is used, it is recommended to hold breastfeeding for 12-24 hours to allow the removal of the drug.
Driving
UNSAFE
Flagyl Suspension may cause side effects which could affect your ability to drive.
Flagyl Suspension may make you feel sleepy, dizzy, confused. You may have hallucinations, fits (convulsions) or temporary eyesight problems (such as blurred or double vision) affecting your ability to drive.
Kidney
SAFE IF PRESCRIBED
Flagyl Suspension is safe to use in patients with kidney disease. No dose adjustment of Flagyl Suspension is recommended.
Patients undergoing kidney dialysis should take this medicine after the dialysis treatment.
Liver
CAUTION
Flagyl Suspension should be used with caution in patients with liver disease. Dose adjustment of Flagyl Suspension may be needed. Please consult your doctor.

What if you forget to take Flagyl Oral Suspension?

If you miss a dose of Flagyl Suspension, take it as soon as possible. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular schedule. Do not double the dose.

Alternate Brands

For informational purposes only. Consult a doctor before taking any medicines.
Flagyl Suspension
₹0.5/ml of Oral Suspension
Metrogyl Suspension
Lekar Pharma Ltd
₹0.5/ml of Oral Suspension
same price

Quick Tips

  • Flagyl Suspension treats infections caused by bacteria and parasites.
  • It may cause side effects like nausea, stomach upset, and a metallic taste in the mouth.
  • Flagyl Suspension used in a high dose or for a prolonged time increases the risk of side effects such as nerve damage. Take it only as prescribed by your doctor.
  • Do not drink alcohol during or for 2-3 days after treatment with this medicine. You may develop nausea, vomiting, flushing and headache.
  • Inform your doctor if you have  liver disease. Your dose may need to be adjusted in severe liver disease.

Fact Box

Chemical Class
Nitroimidazole
Habit Forming
No
Therapeutic Class
GASTRO INTESTINAL

Interaction with Drugs

Taking Flagyl with any of the following medicines can modify the effect of either of them and cause some undesirable side effects
Brand(s): Chronol, Soberol, DFM
LIFE-THREATENING
Brand(s): Altrom, Cenorol, Cgtrom
SERIOUS
Brand(s): Shinosun, Epikon, Sonal
SERIOUS
Brand(s): Cofarin
SERIOUS

Patient Concerns

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Scar on face due to bacterial infections
Dr. Atul Jain
Dermatology
Pic is not clear, plz visit for proper opinion
I've been advised by my local doctor to take Flagyl 400 thrice a day for three days for treating stomach infection. Today was the first day of medication. I'm experiencing bad taste in mouth and loss of appetite. Should I continue the medication or not?
Dr. Pushkar Mani
Physician
Its side effect of flagyl u getting but no problemTake omez d in morning
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FAQs

Q. Can I drink alcohol while using Flagyl Suspension?

No, avoid drinking alcohol while taking Flagyl Suspension and for at least 3 days after completely stopping the medicine. Drinking alcohol can cause an unpleasant reaction (Disulfuram like reaction) with symptoms such as stomach pain, nausea, vomiting, headache, flushing or redness of the face.

Q. How long does Flagyl Suspension takes to work?

Usually, Flagyl Suspension starts to show its effect within 1 hour of its ingestion. However, it may take around 2-3 days to make you feel better while taking Flagyl Suspension.

Q. Can I stop taking Flagyl Suspension when I feel better?

No, do not stop taking Flagyl Suspension and complete the full course of treatment even if you feel better. Your symptoms may improve before the infection is completely cured. Hence, if you stop taking the medicine before completing the course, your infection may come back. Consult your doctor before you stop taking Flagyl Suspension and follow their advice.

Q. What if there is no improvement after using Flagyl Suspension?

Inform your doctor if you didn't feel better after finishing the full course of treatment. Also, inform him if your symptoms are getting worse while using this medicine.

Q. How long does Flagyl Suspension take to work?

Usually, Flagyl Suspension starts working within 1 hour of its ingestion. However, it may take around 2-3 days to make you feel better while taking Flagyl Suspension. If you do not experience any significant reduction in your symptoms, consult your doctor.

Q. Can I drink alcohol while using Flagyl Suspension?

No, avoid drinking alcohol while taking Flagyl Suspension. Moreover, you should avoid alcohol even after 3 days of finishing the complete course. Drinking alcohol can cause an unpleasant reaction (disulfiram like reaction) with symptoms such as stomach pain, nausea, vomiting, headache, flushing or redness of the face.

Q. Can the use of Flagyl Suspension cause metallic taste?

Yes, Flagyl Suspension may cause a temporary metallic taste. This metallic taste can be reduced by staying hydrated, brushing teeth after the meals and chewing sugar-free gum or mints.

Q. What if I take more than the recommended dose of Flagyl Suspension?

If you have taken Flagyl Suspension in excess (more than the recommended dose), immediately contact your doctor or report to the nearest hospital. Overdose of Flagyl Suspension may cause loss of appetite, metallic taste, headache, dizziness, insomnia or drowsiness.

Q. Can I stop taking Flagyl Suspension when I feel better?

No, do not stop taking Flagyl Suspension and complete the full course of treatment even if you feel better. Your symptoms may improve before the infection is completely cured. Hence, if you stop taking the medicine before completing the course, your infection may come back. Consult your doctor before you stop taking Flagyl Suspension and follow their advice.

Q. What if there is no improvement after using Flagyl Suspension?

Inform your doctor if you didn't feel better after finishing the full course of treatment. Also, inform him if your symptoms are getting worse while using this medicine.

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