is drug of the group of imidazole derivatives used to treat protozoal and bacterial infections. Metronidazole eliminates certain types of bacteria that live in anaerobic environment and protozoa (single-celled organisms). It is antibiotic that kills bacteria and other microorganisms that cause reproductive system infections, infections of gastrointestinal tract, skin, vagina, and other areas of the body. Metronidazole is an antibiotic, amebicide, and antiprotozoal and does not treat colds, flu and other viral infections. It was approved for medical use in 1960.
Flagyl is prescribed for the treating an preventing postoperative infections caused by anaerobic bacteria: – male and female trichomoniasis of urogenital system; – bacterial vaginosis; – ameboza and giardiasis. – acute ulcerative inflammation of gums and acute periodontal infections; – lower limb ulcers and bed sores; – sepsis, bacteremia, peritonitis, pneumonia or inflammation of the bone marrow;- brain abscess, abscess, pelvic, puerperal fever, inflammation of the parametrium; – postoperative wound infection. In combination with other drugs for the treatment of digestive ulcer with infection with Helicobacter pylori.
Flagyl mechanism of action
Flagyl active ingredient is metronidazole – chemotherapeutic antibacterial and antiprotozoal agent from the group of imidazole. Metronidazole causes damage to the DNA of a microorganism that results its cell death. It is effective against many strains of anaerobic bacteria but it is useless against aerobic bacteria. During intravenous administration Metronidazole easily penetrates the tissues and organs and body fluids (including the central nervous system), the placenta and breast milk.
Dosage and administration of Flagyl
Flagyl tablets are for oral administration only. The dosage and frequency of application should be determined by a physician. You can break the tablet in order to facilitate application. After a few days of the treatment you can notice improvement, but it does not mean that you can stop taking Flagyl. You have to complete full course of treatment in order to prevent recurrence of infection.
This medicine has been prescribed for you by a doctor to treat a specific medical condition. It should not derogate others or use in other circumstances without first consulting with your doctor.
Metronidazole may interact with: seizure medications such as phenytoin (Dilantin) or phenobarbital (Luminal, Solfoton), cimetidine (Tagamet), blood thinners (warfarin, Coumadin), Antabuse, lithium.
This list is not complete and other drugs may interact with Flagyl. Inform your physician about all drugs you use, even those sold over-the-counter (without prescription), vitamins, and herbal products.
There is no significant difference between Generic Flagyl and brand-name Flagyl, except the price and the name. Both drugs contain the same ingredient, Metronidazole, which provides the desired effects in the treatment. Many generic versions of Flagyl are available on the market.
Flagyl is not available without a prescription (not over the counter medication).