Flagyl CapsulesGeneric Name: Metronidazole
Flagyl Capsules has been shown to cause cancer in animal studies. Do not use Flagyl Capsules if it is not necessary. Use Flagyl Capsules only for the condition for which it is prescribed.
Flagyl Capsules are used for:
Treating certain infections caused by bacteria or amoebas. It may also be used for other conditions as determined by your doctor.
Flagyl Capsules are an oral antiprotozoal and antibacterial. It is thought to work by entering the bacterial cell, acting on some components of the cell, and destroying the bacteria.
Do NOT use Flagyl Capsules if:
- you are allergic to any ingredient in Flagyl Capsules or to another nitroimidazole (eg, tinidazole)
- you are in the first 3 months of pregnancy
- you are taking busulfan, an ergot alkaloid (eg, ergotamine), or you have taken disulfiram within the past 2 weeks
- you are taking an HIV protease inhibitor that contains alcohol (eg, amprenavir solution); check with your pharmacist if you are unsure if your medicine contains alcohol
- you drink alcohol
Contact your doctor or health care provider right away if any of these apply to you.
Before using Flagyl Capsules:
Some medical conditions may interact with Flagyl Capsules. Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you have any medical conditions, especially if any of the following apply to you:
- if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or are breast-feeding
- if you are taking any prescription or nonprescription medicine, herbal preparation, or dietary supplement
- if you have allergies to medicines, foods, or other substances
- if you have nerve, brain, or blood problems; Crohn disease; or a history of liver problems or seizures
Some MEDICINES MAY INTERACT with Flagyl Capsules. Tell your health care provider if you are taking any other medicines, especially any of the following:
- Disulfiram because side effects, such as mental or mood changes, may occur
- Amiodarone because the risk of irregular heartbeat may be increased
- Barbiturates (eg, phenobarbital) or phenytoin because they may decrease Flagyl Capsules's effectiveness
- Anticoagulants (eg, warfarin), busulfan, cyclosporine, ergot alkaloids (eg, ergotamine), HIV protease inhibitors that contain alcohol (eg, amprenavir solution), lithium, or macrolide immunosuppressants (eg, tacrolimus) because the risk of their side effects may be increased by Flagyl Capsules
This may not be a complete list of all interactions that may occur. Ask your health care provider if Flagyl Capsules may interact with other medicines that you take. Check with your health care provider before you start, stop, or change the dose of any medicine.
How to use Flagyl Capsules:
Use Flagyl Capsules as directed by your doctor. Check the label on the medicine for exact dosing instructions.
- Take Flagyl Capsules by mouth with or without food.
- To clear up your infection completely, take Flagyl Capsules for the full course of treatment. Keep taking it even if you feel better in a few days.
- If you miss a dose of Flagyl Capsules, take it as soon as possible. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not take 2 doses at once.
Ask your health care provider any questions you may have about how to use Flagyl Capsules.
Important safety information:
- Flagyl Capsules may cause dizziness. This effect may be worse if you take it with alcohol or certain medicines. Use Flagyl Capsules with caution. Do not drive or perform other possibly unsafe tasks until you know how you react to it.
- Do not drink alcohol while you are taking Flagyl Capsules and for at least 3 days after the last dose.
- Contact your doctor right away if stomach pain or cramps, severe diarrhea, or bloody stools occur. Do not treat diarrhea without first checking with your doctor.
- Flagyl Capsules only works against bacteria; it does not treat viral infections (eg, the common cold).
- Be sure to use Flagyl Capsules for the full course of treatment. If you do not, the medicine may not clear up your infection completely. The bacteria could also become less sensitive to this or other medicines. This could make the infection harder to treat in the future.
- Long-term or repeated use of Flagyl Capsules may cause a second infection. Tell your doctor if signs of a second infection occur. Your medicine may need to be changed to treat this.
- Flagyl Capsules may interfere with certain lab tests. Be sure your doctor and lab personnel know you are taking Flagyl Capsules.
- Lab tests, including liver function and white blood cell counts, may be performed while you use Flagyl Capsules. These tests may be used to monitor your condition or check for side effects. Be sure to keep all doctor and lab appointments.
- Use Flagyl Capsules with caution in the ELDERLY; they may be more sensitive to its effects.
- Flagyl Capsules should be used with extreme caution in CHILDREN; safety and effectiveness in children have not been confirmed.
- PREGNANCY and BREAST-FEEDING: If you become pregnant, contact your doctor. You will need to discuss the benefits and risks of using Flagyl Capsules while you are pregnant. Do not use Flagyl Capsules in the first 3 months of pregnancy. Flagyl Capsules are found in breast milk. Do not breast-feed while taking Flagyl Capsules.
Possible side effects of Flagyl Capsules:
All medicines may cause side effects, but many people have no, or minor, side effects. Check with your doctor if any of these most COMMON side effects persist or become bothersome:
Appetite loss; constipation; diarrhea; dizziness; headache; metallic taste; nausea; stomach upset; vomiting.Seek medical attention right away if any of these SEVERE side effects occur:
Severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; itching; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue); bloody stools; decreased coordination; increased or decreased urination; numbness, tingling, or burning of the arms, hands, legs, or feet; red, swollen, blistered, or peeling skin; seizures; severe diarrhea; severe or persistent dizziness or headache; sore throat, chills, or fever; speech problems; stiff neck; stomach pain or cramps; vaginal itching, odor, or discharge; vision loss or other vision changes; white patches in the mouth.
This is not a complete list of all side effects that may occur. If you have questions about side effects, contact your health care provider. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088. You may also report side effects at http://www.fda.gov/medwatch.
If OVERDOSE is suspected:
Contact 1-800-222-1222 (the American Association of Poison Control Centers), your local poison control center (http://www.aapcc.org), or emergency room immediately. Symptoms may include nausea; seizures; vomiting.Proper storage of Flagyl Capsules:
Store Flagyl Capsules at room temperature, between 68 and 77 degrees F (20 and 25 degrees C). Store away from heat, moisture, and light. Do not store in the bathroom. Keep Flagyl Capsules out of the reach of children and away from pets.
- If you have any questions about Flagyl Capsules, please talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
- Flagyl Capsules are to be used only by the patient for whom it is prescribed. Do not share it with other people.
- If your symptoms do not improve or if they become worse, check with your doctor.
This information is a summary only. It does not contain all information about Flagyl Capsules. If you have questions about the medicine you are taking or would like more information, check with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
- Flagyl Consumer Overview
- Flagyl Detailed Consumer Information (PDR)
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- Metronidazole Prescribing Information (FDA)
- Metronidazole Professional Patient Advice (Wolters Kluwer)
- Flagyl Prescribing Information (FDA)
- Flagyl ER Prescribing Information (FDA)