What is Metronidazole?
Metronidazole is a drug that works as an anti-biotic helping the body fight bacteria. As such, this drug is used as treatment for various bacterial infections that affect organs like stomach, respiratory tract, vagina, joints and skin.
Patients who are advised to take Metronidazole should follow the prescription and take the drug for the entire given as prescribed by the doctor. Some patients stop taking the full prescription since they already experience relief from symptoms and as such, some patients stop taking the Metronidazole against the doctor’s orders.
Patients who are taking Metronidazole should avoid skipping a dose since there is a big possibility that the infection might not be fully cleared.
How to take Metronidazole
Any individual who is allergic to Metronidazole should avoid taking it. Those who are in their first trimester of their pregnancy should also stay away from this drug.
Individuals who are suffering from a blood cell disorder , epilepsy and other seizure, liver disease, stomach and intestinal disease as well as nerve disorders should be extra cautious in taking Metronidazole.
Breastfeeding mothers should also advise their doctors since this drug can be passed on to the breastmilk.
Those who are taking Metronidazole must also stay away from alcoholic drinks. Likewise, patients should not touch alcohol within three days after the last dosage of this drug.
Metronidazole when combined with alcohol can cause redness and warmth of the skin, nausea, vomiting and even fast heartbeats.
Metronidazole has other side effects such as numbness, burning sensation when urinating, diarrhea, blurry vision and pain coming from the behind of the eyes, seizures and twitching, and fever, among others.
Patients who experience the above side effects must consult a doctor immediately.
There are also less harmful side effects such as stomach pains, dizziness and dry mouth, among others.
In case of overdose, it is best to bring the patient to the nearest hospital.