Generic Flagyl (generic metronidazole) fights and destroys bacteria inside the body. The medicine can be used to treat the infections in the skin, abdomen, joints, respiratory tract and vagina. Generic Flagyl will not treat the vaginal yeast infection. This medicinal remedy is an antibiotic that is effective in dealing with anaerobic bacteria as well as certain unwanted pathogenic organisms. It selectively inhibits a few of the functions inside the microbial cells as well as the parasites thereby resulting in their death.
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The ingredient active in Generic Flagyl is Metronidazole. Its chemical name is 2-methyl-5-nitro-1 H-imidazole-1-ethanol its molecular mass is 171.16. The other inactive constituents present in this drug are: propylparaben, methylparabe, EDTA, Methyl propylene glycol, nicotinic acid amide, betadex, hydroxyethyl cellulose, phenoxyethanol p-hydroxybenzoate, and purified water.
After introducing Flagyl (Metronidazole) in the body, it targets specific microbial cells and suppresses the synthesis of bacterial cell by disrupting its DNA. This action mechanism destroys the pathogenic microbes; thereby, giving relief from bacterial infections. Metronidazole works best in eliminating gastro-intestinal infections, exclusively caused by bacteria.
Generic Flagyl comes in tablet form that should be taken orally with a glass full of water.
It has to be taken 2 or 3 times each day for 5 to 10 days or more.
Stick to the directions inside the prescription label very carefully.
The exact dosage schedule is prescribed after considering your severity of infection.
It is recommended to follow the complete course of therapy to eradicate infection from the root.
In case of pregnancy and breast feeding, ask the physician about its risks before using Generic Flagyl.
Take Generic Flagyl for prescribed length of time, though you may experience improvement within two or three days
Irregular treatment with this conventional antibiotic can lead to antibiotic-resistance, where you may develop resistance to this particular antibiotic
Also, skipping or missing the dose may contribute to antibiotic resistance
You may or may not have to undergo liver function tests before starting treatment with Generic Flagyl (metronidazole )
One should store this medicinal drug away from direct heat or sunlight, and particularly away from children
Generic Flagyl is not used in treating infections caused by virus like the common cold or flu
Do not consume alcohol when you are undergoing Flagyl therapy and even 3 days after you quit using it
If you miss the dose, ask your healthcare practitioner for further dosage schedule, but do not take two doses at a time
Overdose may probably lead to adverse drug reactions, so use the medicine as prescribed by the doctor
One may experience diarrhea after taking the medicine, if it is profuse stop the treatment and consult the doctor
Usually, the duration of treatment varies from person to person, and type and severity of the infection. One may need to take this synthetic antibiotic from 5 days to 10 days. However, in advance cases, one may require to take the medicine for more days, as per the doctor’s recommendation. Hence, the medical advisor is the best person to suggest you the duration of Generic Flagyl therapy.
Probable Side Effects
You may have following side effects like –
Redness under the skin
Nausea, as well as vomiting
Difficulty in urination
In such cases, immediately call the doctor for medical intervention
Like every synthetic antibiotic, Generic Flagyl too acts adversely with other therapeutic drugs, such as Cimetidine, Phenytoin (medicine for convulsions), Warfarin (blood thinner), Disulfiram and Lithium medications. Therefore, discuss with your healthcare advisor about undergoing treatment before using this antibiotic medication.
People who are subjected to following health issues should not take Generic Flagyl –
Allergic to Metronidazole or Nitroimidazole medications