Flagyl, Flagyl ER, and Flagyl Injection (metronidazole) are antimicrobial drugs used to treat bacterial vaginosis, trichomonas, amebiasis, and anaerobic bacterial infections. Flagyl is available in generic form. Common side effects of Flagyl, Flagyl ER, and Flagyl Injection include:
- abdominal cramps,
- stomach upset,
- weight loss (anorexia),
- dry mouth,
- dark-colored urine, or
- a metallic taste in the mouth or changes in taste.
Uncomfortable side effects that may become serious are:
- pain with urination,
- mouth sores,
- tingling or pricking sensations that may become permanent,
- brain disease, and
Serious but unlikely side effects of Flagyl include:
- mood changes,
- numbness or tingling of the hands or feet, and
- painful urination.
Flagyl is supplied in 250 and 500 mg strength tablets, Flagyl ER is available in 750 mg strength tablets, and Flagyl Injection in 500 mg strength in a buffered 100 ml vial. Dosage is quite variable and dependent upon the severity of disease and other considerations made by the treating physician. Most of the serious side effects may occur with any of these three preparations of Flagyl. Flagyl may cause liver enzyme levels to increase; lithium and creatinine levels should be checked to avoid lithium toxicity or renal compromise. Alcohol may increase the side effects of Flagyl. Patients on disulfiram should not take Flagyl until they have had a two week interval without taking disulfiram, especially alcoholic patients, to avoid psychotic reactions. Treatment in pregnant women (during first 3 months is not advised) or women who are breastfeeding should only be done if the benefits outweigh the potential problems. Flagyl passes into breast milk and may harm a nursing baby. Consult your doctor before breastfeeding. Except for use in amebiasis, studies in pediatric patients are not available; Flagyl ER has no pediatric studies.
Our Flagyl, Flagyl ER and Flagyl Injection Side Effects Drug Centers provide a comprehensive view of available drug information on the potential side effects when taking this medication.
This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
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