Flagyl ER

Generic Name: Metronidazole

  • What is Flagyl ER?

    Flagyl ER is a medicine used to treat bacterial vaginal infections in women.

  • What is the most important information I should know about Flagyl ER?

    Flagyl ER can cause harm to your nervous system. This can lead to vision problems, lack of coordination, dizziness, speech disorders, numbness, seizures, and other disorders of the brain. Tell your doctor immediately if you experience these nervous system effects.

    Like all antibiotics, Flagyl ER works only against bacteria. It will not cure an infection caused by a virus, such as the common cold or flu.

    You may feel better early on during treatment; do not skip doses or stop taking Flagyl ER as this can decrease the effectiveness of the treatment and prevent it from working properly, and can increase the risk for overgrowth of bacteria.

  • Who should not take Flagyl ER?

    Do not take Flagyl ER if you are allergic to it, any of its ingredients, or to similar products. Also, do not take Flagyl ER during the first 3 months of pregnancy.

  • What should I tell my doctor before I take the first dose of Flagyl ER?

    Tell your doctor about all prescription, over-the-counter, and herbal medications you are taking before beginning treatment with Flagyl ER. Also, talk to your doctor about your complete medical history, especially if you have a history of seizures, brain and spinal cord problems, liver problems, alcohol abuse, or are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding.

  • What is the usual dosage?

    The information below is based on the dosage guidelines your doctor uses. Depending on your condition and medical history, your doctor may prescribe a different regimen. Do not change the dosage or stop taking your medication without your doctor's approval.

    Adults: The recommended dose is 1 tablet once a day for 7 consecutive days.

  • How should I take Flagyl ER?

    Take Flagyl ER exactly as prescribed by your doctor. Do not take extra doses or take more often without asking your doctor.

    Take Flagyl ER on an empty stomach (at least 1 hour before or 2 hours after meals).

  • What should I avoid while taking Flagyl ER?

    Do not take Flagyl ER if you have taken disulfiram within the last 2 weeks.

    Do not drink alcohol while you are taking Flagyl ER and for at least 3 days after completing the full course of therapy, as abdominal cramps, nausea, vomiting, headaches, or flushing may occur.

  • What are possible food and drug interactions associated with Flagyl ER?

    If Flagyl ER is taken with certain other drugs, the effects of either could be increased, decreased, or altered. It is especially important to check with your doctor before combining Flagyl ER with the following: alcohol, blood thinners (such as warfarin), cimetidine, disulfiram, lithium, phenobarbital, or phenytoin.

  • What are the possible side effects of Flagyl ER?

    Side effects cannot be anticipated. If any develop or change in intensity, tell your doctor as soon as possible. Only your doctor can determine if it is safe for you to continue taking this drug.

    Side effects may include: abdominal pain, bacterial infections, diarrhea, dizziness, dry mouth, "flu-like" symptoms, genital itching, headache, inflammation of your nose, inflammation of your vagina, menstrual pain, metallic taste in your mouth, nausea, upper respiratory tract infections, urinary tract infections

  • Can I receive Flagyl ER if I am pregnant or breastfeeding?

    Do not take Flagyl ER during the first 3 months of pregnancy. Flagyl ER can be found in your breast milk if you take it while you are breastfeeding. Tell your doctor immediately if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding.

  • What should I do if I miss a dose of Flagyl ER?

    If you miss a dose of Flagyl ER, take it as soon as you remember. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the one you missed and return to your regular dosing schedule. Do not take two doses at once.

  • How should I store Flagyl ER?

    Store at room temperature.