What is it?
Flagyl is an antibiotic used to treat infections caused by anaerobic
bacteria, (i.e. bacteria not requiring oxygen to survive), particularly
in the bowel.
It has been shown to be effective in the treatment of anal complications of Crohn's disease, such as infected fistulae and fissures. It has also been shown to be as effective as Sulphasalazine in reducing mild to moderate inflammation in Crohn's disease.
How do I take it?
It can be taken as a:
Are there any special precautions?
Flagyl interacts with certain drugs such as:
anticoagulants (drugs that thin the blood)
Therefore careful monitoring during treatment may be required.
You should not drink alcohol when taking flagyl as they interact in the liver and can make you feel very ill.
Studies have shown that the drug has no adverse effect in pregnancy on the developing foetus and the small amounts found in breast milk are far less than the normal paediatric dose and is unlikely to cause harm.
Most people are able to take flagyl without major problems, but some of the following side effects may occur:
Side effects are usually reversible on stopping the drug, although peripheral neuropathy can occasionally persist.