Flagyl IV

Generic Name: Metronidazole

  • What is Flagyl IV?

    Flagyl intravenous (IV) is an antibiotic used to treat certain bacterial infections of the skin, blood, bone, joint, central nervous system (CNS) or brain, lower respiratory (lung) tract, heart, abdomen as well as gynecologic infections. It is also used before, during, and after surgery to prevent infections. Flagyl IV may also be used to treat other bacterial infections, as determined by your doctor. This medicine can be administered intravenously (through a vein in your arm) or intramuscularly (injected into the muscle).

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

    Flagyl IV 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 IV works only against bacteria. It will not cure an infection caused by a virus, such as the common cold.

  • Who should not take Flagyl IV?

    Your doctor will not administer Flagyl IV to you if you are allergic to it or any of its ingredients.

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

    Tell your doctor about all prescription, over-the-counter, and herbal medications you are taking before beginning treatment with Flagyl IV. Also, talk to your doctor about your complete medical history, especially if you have a history of seizures, liver disease, history or at risk of fluid retention (such as heart failure), blood disorders, 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: Your doctor will administer the appropriate dose for you based on your weight and condition.

    If you have severe liver impairment, your doctor will adjust your dose appropriately.

  • How should I take Flagyl IV?

    Your doctor will administer Flagyl IV to you.

  • What should I avoid while taking Flagyl IV?

    Do not drink alcohol while receiving Flagyl IV. Doing so can cause abdominal cramps, nausea, vomiting, headaches, or flushing.

    Do not miss your scheduled follow-up appointments with your doctor.

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

    If Flagyl IV is used with certain other drugs, the effects of either could be increased, decreased, or altered. It is especially important to tell your doctor if you are taking any of the following prior treatment with Flagyl IV: alcohol, blood thinners (such as warfarin), cimetidine, corticosteroids (such as methylprednisolone or prednisone), disulfiram, phenobarbital, or phenytoin.

  • What are the possible side effects of Flagyl IV?

    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 discomfort, confusion, diarrhea, dizziness, fever, headache, infusion-site reactions, itchiness, lack of coordination, nausea, numbness, rash, seizures, speech disorders, unpleasant metallic taste, vision problems, vomiting

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

    The effects of Flagyl IV during pregnancy are unknown. Flagyl IV can be found in your breast milk if you receive it while 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 IV?

    Flagyl IV should be given under special circumstances determined by your doctor.

  • How should I store Flagyl IV?

    Your doctor will store this medication for you.