Aside from your doctor’s order, it helps to get information when and how to use Flagyl. The information can increase your ability to make wise decisions and choices to treat your health condition for which the medicine is prescribed as part of treatment. Here is a quick reference of its uses.
When to Use It
Flagyl is a prescriptive medicine to treat bacterial and or parasitic infections. Specifically, you use it when you get diagnosed with any of the following conditions:
ñ Bacterial vaginosis. This is an infection of the vagina with Gardnerella, a type of bacteria, as the main culprit. All women are susceptible to this bacterial infection. One of the most common and effective medications prescribed by physician to treat bacterial vaginosis is metronidazole, or the generic name of the medicine. Depending on your doctor’s prescription, you can either use the medicine in its tablet/capsule or topical gel forms.
ñ Trichomoniasis. This is a condition where certain parasites trigger your vaginal infection. A sexually transmitted parasitic infection, the most effective common treatment is metronidazole. It is important that you treat the infection as early as possible to prevent it from invading your urinary tract and cause inflammation of your bladder.
ñ Liver abscess from amoeba, and or amoeba dysentery. Amoeba is a type of protozoa (parasite) that enters your body most commonly through contaminated drinking water. It can also come from eating fruits and vegetable with human feces as fertilizer for their growth.
They travel in your body and settle in the intestines. Some are tolerable, while other strains are harmful. With harmful amoeba invading your intestinal walls, you suffer from amoeba dysentery. If they travel all the way to your liver and wreak havoc, you suffer from liver abscess. Flagyl is effective to treat both conditions, as it stops amoeba on its tract.
ñ Other infections with anaerobic bacteria as the culprit. These are bacteria that can live with little to no oxygen. Usually they infect the skin (especially those with lesions and or with deep lacerations), tissues, and internal body organs.
Anaerobic bacterial infections include but are not limited to the following: blood, joints, skin, female reproductive system, brain and other central nervous system parts, respiratory systems specifically the lungs, abdomen or stomach, and heart. Metronidazole is a common prescription for these infections.
How to Use It
In its tablet or capsule form, you take Flagyl by mouth together with your meal. You can also take it on an empty stomach following your dosage requirements and schedule. It is recommended though to take it with food and or a glass of milk or water to avoid any stomach upset.
You should be strict in following your dosage requirements and schedule. Even if your symptoms clear early in your treatment, you should still continue taking the medicine until you complete the entire treatment course. This will prevent bacteria or parasites to re-invade your body enabling your infection to recur. For long-lasting results, follow your doctor’s orders in taking Flagyl.