Flagyl; Flagyl ER; Metro
Flagyl; Metronidazole Injection USP; Novo-Nidazol; PMS-Metronidazole
- Metronidazole has been shown to cause cancer in mice and rats with long-term use. Talk with the doctor.
- Do not use this drug for other health problems.
- It is used to treat infections.
- It is used to prevent infections during bowel surgery.
- It may be given to your child for other reasons. Talk with the doctor.
- If your child has an allergy to this drug or any part of this drug.
- If your child is allergic to any drugs like this one or any other drugs, foods, or other substances. Tell the doctor about the allergy and what signs your child had, like rash; hives; itching; shortness of breath; wheezing; cough; swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat; or any other signs.
- If your child has taken disulfiram within the past 2 weeks.
If your child is less than 12 weeks pregnant:
- This drug is not for use in certain patients who are less than 12 weeks pregnant.
- Tell dentists, surgeons, and other doctors that your child is using this drug.
- Have your child’s blood work checked. Talk with your child’s doctor.
- This drug may affect certain lab tests. Be sure the doctor and lab workers know your child takes this drug.
- Alcohol interacts with this drug. Be sure your child does not drink alcohol or take products that have alcohol in them.
- Drinking alcohol or products that have alcohol, such as cough syrup, may cause cramps, upset stomach, headaches, and flushing. Products that have alcohol must be avoided for at least 72 hours after the last dose of this drug. Be sure your child does not drink alcohol.
- Do not give to your child longer than you have been told. A second infection may happen.
If your child is pregnant or breast-feeding a baby:
- Talk with the doctor if your child is pregnant, becomes pregnant, or is breast-feeding a baby. You will need to talk about the benefits and risks of using this drug.
- Signs of an allergic reaction, like rash; hives; itching; red, swollen, blistered, or peeling skin with or without fever; wheezing; tightness in the chest or throat; trouble breathing or talking; unusual hoarseness; or swelling of the mouth, face, lips, tongue, or throat.
- Change in balance.
- Trouble speaking.
- Redness or white patches in mouth or throat.
- Some people who took this drug for a long time have had nerve problems that lasted for a long time. Call the doctor right away if your child has a burning, numbness, or tingling feeling that is not normal.
- This drug may raise the chance of a very bad brain problem called aseptic meningitis. Call the doctor right away if your child has a headache, fever, chills, very upset stomach or throwing up, stiff neck, rash, bright lights bother the eyes, feeling sleepy, or change in thinking clearly and with logic.
- Redness or swelling where the shot is given.
- Upset stomach or throwing up.
- Loose stools (diarrhea).
- Hard stools (constipation).
- Not hungry.
- Metallic taste.
- Irritation where the shot is given.
- To gain the most benefit, do not miss giving your child doses.
- Give as you have been told, even if your child feels well.
- Give this drug with or without food. Give with food if it causes an upset stomach.
- Give on an empty stomach. Give 1 hour before or 2 hours after meals.
- Have your child swallow whole. Do not let your child chew, break, or crush.
- It is given as a shot into a vein over a period of time.
- Your child’s doctor may teach you how to give the shot.
- Follow how to give closely if you are giving the shot at home.
- Do not use if the solution is cloudy, leaking, or has particles.
- Do not use if solution changes color.
- Throw away needles in a needle/sharp disposal box. Do not reuse needles or other items. When the box is full, follow all local rules for getting rid of it. Talk with a doctor or pharmacist if you have any questions.
- Give a missed dose as soon as you think about it.
- If it is close to the time for your child’s next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your child’s normal time.
- Do not give 2 doses at the same time or extra doses.
All oral products:
- Store at room temperature.
- Store in a dry place. Do not store in a bathroom.
- Most of the time, this drug will be given in a hospital or doctor’s office. If stored at home, follow how to store as you were told by the doctor.
- Keep all drugs in a safe place. Keep all drugs out of the reach of children and pets.
- Check with your pharmacist about how to throw out unused drugs.
- If your child’s symptoms or health problems do not get better or if they become worse, call your child’s doctor.
- Do not share your child’s drug with others and do not give anyone else’s drug to your child.
- Keep a list of all your child’s drugs (prescription, natural products, vitamins, OTC) with you. Give this list to your child’s doctor.
- Talk with your child’s doctor before giving your child any new drug, including prescription or OTC, natural products, or vitamins.
- Some drugs may have another patient information leaflet. If you have any questions about this drug, please talk with your child’s doctor, nurse, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
- If you think there has been an overdose, call your poison control center or get medical care right away. Be ready to tell or show what was taken, how much, and when it happened.
If you have any questions or concerns, talk with a member of your healthcare team. You can reach them Monday through Friday from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm at ____________________. After 5:00 pm, during the weekend, and on holidays, please call____________________. If there’s no number listed, or you’re not sure, call 212-639-2000.
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