Metronidazole Lasting Side Effects

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Chantal Says:
 
I have been taking this medication for 7 days and off of it since a week and still have severe side effects, abdominal cramps, severe headaches, dizziness, unsteadiness... How long is it expected to last? It was prescribed with Ciprofloxacin to me and I take Entrophen on a regular basis...

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Verwon Says:
 
Have things improved any? Have you consulted your doctor?

For a short course of the medication, it would be unusual for side effects to remain that severe for that long, after you are finished with it.

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Kherbear Says:
 
I started flagyl on 3/5/12 I'm so sick now, but I stopped it 3 days ago when these symptoms started yet they have only gotten worse. My throat is covered in sores and blisters. It also has a yellow type puss that runs down the back of my throat. I Itch like crazy my stomach is so bloated i look 5 months pregnentl!! My feet and fingers twitch uncontrollably. Is this from taking flagyl? If so what do I do? My doc is currently on vacation. Is this serious should I go to the ER or what? Anyone else experience this problem?

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what now Says:
 
I was on Metronidazole 500mg 3Xday for 4 days over a month ago. I had to stop on the fourth day because of severe symptoms, weakness, dizziness, lightheadedness, imbalance and confusion. I called my pharmacist after my first dose on the third day and he told me to continue. I did and the next morning after the first dose I started to have tingling in my hands and feet with a weird awful feeling in my legs and feet. If I would have known this could happen, I would have stopped them earlier. It's now been 3 weeks since I stopped and although I've gone to my doctor and have been told that my symptoms should go away in time, I'm not sure this is true. I wake up feeling druged (swimming head) etc. and my balance is way off. I'm very afraid and know a little about periheral neuropathy. Why does my brain still feel not right? I have to hold on to things when I am standing still and walking I often reach out to hold on to chairs, walls etc. What is happening to me and will I really get better? Each day I hope to feel better to give me some hope but not much has changed. I can't even drive my car anymore. Please if you have gone through this and can offer me some help, I'd appreciate it very much.

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DAWN Says:
 
hi my son stopped taking this drug 2months ago but his side effects are still continuing he keeps being sick how are you doing

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what now Says:
 
I've been off of Metronizadole since July 02 and here it is August 19th and my symptoms are worse. I am experiencing symptoms of peripheral neuropathy in my hands and feet especially. My feet are very painful and the weakness in my arms and legs make it hard to walk and to stand for long. I have other symptoms as well such as imbalance and dizziness at times. My doctor says he's sorry and is not offering any solutions. I still can't believe this has happened to me! :(

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DAWN Says:
 
Hi i am sorry you are not feeling better the dosage of 1500mg over 4 days does seem high my son took 1200mg per day over 6 days he should have continued for 14 days but the side effects were so bad i stopped it he stopped on 18th june he was exceptionally anxious to an extreme degree so i can understand it affecting your nervous system since then his nerves seem better but its now affecting his stomach and he is bringing up lots of acid.Its as if the drug has started in his head and is now working down his body he has never had such a bad reaction to an antibiotic or any other drug before.The only crumb of comfort i can give you is that he is very slowly improving but like you i wonder when it will go away for good.Good Luck

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what now Says:
 
Hi Dawn, I'm sorry to hear about what your son is going through. I've never had such a severe reaction to an antibiotic either. To me this is poison and it makes me wonder about the drugs they give us. From now on I will never take anything without doing extensive research! If you don't mind I will say a prayer for your son for a complete healing. Hugs

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DAWN Says:
 
Thank you i will say a prayer for you to.My feelings are exactly as yours its as if i am dealing with a poison which is why i feel that drinking plenty of fluids especially water to dilute and flush it out would seem like a good idea.I am not at all surprised your doctor couldnt help and like you i will undertake extensive research before i ever administer another drug which is what the doctors ought to be doing.Please stay in touch.

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Pat Says:
 
I am so glad I found this, I am on the same dosage for 10 days (now on my 5th) and thought I was going crazy, as I feel spaced out most of the time and keep loosing my balance,although I have less pain I am wondering if it should be gone by now. How are you feeling

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Umesh Sahgal Says:
 
Regarding side effects of Metronidazole,I would suggest any Probiotic preperation or Lacto-Bacillus prepration and Cynocobalamine-Methylecobalamine preperation should be given along with Metronidazole which will reduce the side effects mentioned by the patients on Metronidazole.I personally find this very effective in patients with Oral-infections where in sometimes I have to give this drug for 10 days. Umesh Sahgal

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what now Says:
 
Hi Pat,
All I can say is I wish I had stopped as soon as my dizziness and lightheadedness started. It just took 4 days before I started having symptoms of peripheral neuropathy and this is a seriously debilitating condition. I would not take any more if I were you. Even if you don't get PN from what I've read from others the other side effects are long lasting. The imbalance could be a sign of nerve damage starting. Please let me know how you make out. I wish I could tell you that I'm doing much better but I can't. Although the imbalance has improved some and the dizziness too. I'm not giving up hope though. I would take a good probiotic if I were you and speak with someone who knows their stuff about ridding your body of this med. I've been taking milk thistle to detoxify my liver and fish oil, vitamin E. Other antioxidants for the PN etc. Hope this helps you!

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Pat Says:
 
As I have only 2 more days I am going to stick it out and have started taking a probiotic, I find if I haven't slept well symptoms are worse. Today I making myself keep going which seems to help rather than lie around(which my husband)tells me to do.

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DAWN Says:
 
Hi just a brief update on my son.It has been 10 weeks since he stopped taking the drug.They have seemed very long and traumatic weeks this has NOT been minor but I feel he is starting to improve so there is light at the end of a long tunnel.

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what now Says:
 
Thank you, Dawn, for your update on your son's progress. I'm glad to hear he is doing much better. It also gives me hope. I have 4 children and I know how heartbreaking and helpless it feels to see one of them suffering. I wish the drug hadn't affected my nerve endings, that's what scared me. My feet still burn and pain quite bad, especially my toes. However, with faith nothing is impossible with God so I'm believing for a complete recovery(healing). I will keep you posted on my progress if you'd like. God Bless!

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what now Says:
 
Hi Pat, How are you doing? I hope you haven't had any lasting side effects. :)

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DAWN Says:
 
Thank you i do want to know how you are getting on and like you I am a great believer in faith healing.

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Pat Says:
 
Thanks for caring, I am now on my 2nd day of but still feel a bit spacey, I have carried on taking the probiotics and think they have helped. I have never had this type of side effect before . How are you feeling

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barbara Says:
 
I have a bad headache from this has anyone else just had the headach

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what now Says:
 
Hi, I had the headache too but that was only one of many side effects I experienced and am still experiencing 2 months later.

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Umesh Says:
 
I don't know if everyone is aware of the side effects of Metronidazole taken while consuming alcohole. Mind you Alcohole is strictly prohibitted during the course of Metronidazol(and its derivatives)..

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