What You Need to Know About Flagyl

When and How to Take Flagyl

Some general considerations include the following:
  • Flagyl comes as tablets, long-acting tablets (Flagyl ER), and capsules (Flagyl 375). It is also available in an injectable form. It is taken one to four times daily, depending on the particular use.
  • You can take the regular tablets or capsules with food or on an empty stomach. However, long-acting tablets must be taken on an empty stomach, at least one hour before or two hours after a meal.
  • Be sure to take your doses of this medication at the same time(s) each day. Taking doses too far apart may make the drug less effective, and taking them too close together may increase the risk of side effects.
  • For the medication to work properly, it must be taken as prescribed. Flagyl will not work if you stop taking it too soon.

Dosing Information

The dose of Flagyl that your healthcare provider recommends will vary depending on a number of factors, including:
  • The type of infection
  • The particular Flagyl product
  • Your weight (for certain infections)
  • Other medical conditions you may have
  • Other medications you may currently be taking.
As is always the case, do not adjust your dose unless your healthcare provider specifically instructs you to do so.
(Click Flagyl Dosage for more information.)

Potential Side Effects

As with any medicine, side effects are possible. However, not everyone who takes the drug will experience side effects. In fact, most people tolerate it quite well. Serious side effects are less common.
Some of the common side effects include, but are not limited to:
  • Headaches
  • Nausea
  • Metallic taste in the mouth.
(Click Flagyl Side Effects to learn more, including potentially serious side effects that you should report immediately to your healthcare provider.)
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