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My wife has been taking metronidazole (generic flagyl) for 5 days. She has two days left.

The first two days she was really sick with nausea, cramps, and headaches. The third day she felt better. And by felt better, I mean physically - since the first day she wasn't in the bed of moods, and I contributed that to her physical side effects. It is now the 5th day and I realize that each day she has gotten more depressed.

She went from a cheerful woman to someone with zero self-esteem and can't bear to show any affection whatsoever. I have a sheet from the pharmacy that lists all of the side effects, and it doesn't include depression. It was tonight I realized that her sudden mood change might be related to the drug, so I looked it up, and apparently a lot of other people have experienced this as well. Some people having even gone psychotic.

So - i'm throwing the rest of these pills away. If the Dr. Wants to give her something else that is fine, but what i'm reading about these are not good. And it seems that the side effects last awhile. Some people develop a metallic taste in their mouth as well as a metallic scent on their skin, and takes months to go away. This leads me to believe this stuff stays in your system for awhile. So I want to know what she can take/eat to help flush it out of her system. I know that alcohol is out of the picture for awhile. Suggestions?
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replied February 5th, 2007
Flagyl Ugh!
I too took flagyl for 6 days of a 10 day prescription. I developed an allergy to the medication and had welts all over my body for 4 days. My taste was gone during the whole time I took it, and although on days it is better today I noticed a serious metallic taste in my mouth. Mostly can taste it when I drink any water. I have never been allergic to anything in my life, but I can tell you I will never take any form of flagyl again. Even if I hadn't had the allergic reaction.

I am also a tad bit relieved that someone else has had these same symptoms. The doctor said he would prescribe prednezone if I wanted, I decided to try to flush out my system the natural way. I'm done taking pills.
Let me know if you find a way to get it out of your system asap, it has been about a month for me now.
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replied February 7th, 2009
Flagyl worked for me...
I took Flagyl after having some issues with my digestive system. The doctor said it was probably something I ate, and prescribed Flagyl. The only side effect I had was a metallic taste in my mouth, which I was able to ignore. The prescription made me feel much better. Drugs are funny though. What may have little/no side effect for me may cause someone else a world of problems. I have no known allergies, and had never had any side effects from drugs up until this summer. I started taking Welbutrin, which I was forced to stop taking a few months into it because of the way it makes me feel. It seems prescribing drugs is part science, part art. It's hard to say what will happen!
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replied January 12th, 2010
I started on Flagyl and became dizzy to the point only lying down would subside the dissiness. I DC taking the med and called my doctor. He told me to give it a few days and see how I feel. Tomorrow will be 3 days. Still dizzy.
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replied October 29th, 2010
Did she recover and what did you use to get is out of your system? I took that crap 21 days!
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replied March 27th, 2011
Metronidazole
You have to let it go for longer than 5 days. As someone taking it now, I have experienced that too and I just had to go through it. Part of it is mental and the fact that the reason WE are taking it sucks. If her doc prescribed it for her to take He/She probably know what he/she is saying.

But also is she really suffering from extreme Diarrhea. For example my doc only gave it to me because I have C.DIFF an infection that can be nothing or deadly. If she is just having diarrhea than I would suggest going to a GI Specialist like I did. Did she take samples? Doctors these days are crazy and you need to make sure they are legit. I hope everything it fine.
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replied March 21st, 2012
SAME HERE!! It gets better

The sickness might be caused by all the bad bacteria being stirred up and flushed out.

I was sick after swallowing each tablet -like almost vomiting. I was quite sad on it too. But I can tell you now, it was SO WORTH IT!! I was having Gut problems and bloating after everything. Now all my bloating is gone and the other Doctors can eat their words saying I have IBS.

In my opinion - IBS is the laziest diagnoses.' Irritable bowel Syndrome', yeah but what's irritating my bowel?!!? Turns out mine must have been too much Bad bacteria or Parasites, something along those lines. I also cut out Dairy because something like 1 in 4 are unable to tolerate Lactose anymore, as they start growing into an Adult.

But just don't drink Alcohol on this medication - at all!! I used mouth wash and my whole mouth went tingly. Everyones different, but still these antibiotics are clearing out all Bacteria good and Bad - so don't go flushing alcohol through there and letting the Bad bacteria win again.

Make sure you take inner health on this also - keep away that Candida (which is a fungi) as this is only for Bacteria.
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replied July 3rd, 2011
Flagyl (oral metronidazole) 750 mg and blastocystis hominis
After giving a stool sample and being diagnosed with intestinal blastocystis hominis, I was prescribed 750 mg of Flagyl daily (250 mg x 3/day). They are white tablets easy to swallow, very bitter to the taste, and you can't drink any alcohol while on the medication.

The first time I took Flagyl (oral metronidazole) it was very effective, even at 500 mg per day. I lost my appetite and completely lost my desire for carbs immediately, and after a couple weeks I started to feel very disoriented and dizzy at times; this progressed to a depression of sorts, my mental state was definitely affected by the Flagyl.

Since 2005 I have gone on four cycles of Flagyl since the blastocystis hominis are very stubborn and always return, relapse is common unless you totally abstain from carbs (ie no bread, potatoes, flour products, sugar or concentrated fruit juices) since blastocysts thrive on carbs and multiply like crazy in your digestive tract UNLESS you counter-attack with extremely potent probiotics. Probiotics are expensive and you have to keep taking them daily.

I made the mistake of not taking probiotics since my doctor never mentioned they were necessary. Doctors can be very vague about things, it never ceases to amaze me how little information they will give you, and how much you have to research on your own, and learn through trial and error.

If you don't take strong probiotics for your digestive tract after treatment with Flagyl, you will probably develop candida infection (a type of overgrowth of intestinal yeast disorder) which will also deliver symptoms of brain fog and burping and gas and embarassing bloating after meals.

I have suffered with this syndrome off and on for over 6 years now and the blastocystis hominis are always hiding waiting to reappear when I eat carbs or drink beer or alcohol (and it is difficult to go through life without bread, potatoes, baked goods, never a glass of wine or beer . . . just clean meat and fresh vegetables and whole fruits are allowed)

Well the Flagyl helped me lose a lot of weight very quickly every time I went on it; last year I lost 35 lbs in four months in conjunction with diet and exercise (Flagyl makes you lose your appetite) but I gained 15 lbs back very quickly once I went off it and starting eating and drinking normally again.

All I can say is that it does work by disinfecting your gut, but feels like drinking Lysol or Pinesol lol, imagine that. It will make you sick for sure in some way, but then antibiotics always seem to have unpleasant side effects and you have to counter these with plenty of probiotics and tons of water and fresh vegetables and plenty of clean protein; and that's not an easy task, considering the average North American diet consists of a lot of restaurant fare and flour-based products.

Many people with digestive problems and gut issues suffer from rosacea as well; I battle ocular rosacea (itching red eyes) and the papules and red breakouts on my chest and upper arms regularly. It's an ongoing battle, probably genetic in nature. Just something you have to keep aware of and eat the right foods, totally avoiding all carbs if possible.
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replied July 3rd, 2011
Flagyl (oral metronidazole) 750 mg and blastocystis hominis
After giving a stool sample and being diagnosed with intestinal blastocystis hominis, I was prescribed 750 mg of Flagyl daily (250 mg x 3/day). They are white tablets easy to swallow, very bitter to the taste, and you can't drink any alcohol while on the medication.

The first time I took Flagyl (oral metronidazole) it was very effective, even at 500 mg per day. I lost my appetite and completely lost my desire for carbs immediately, and after a couple weeks I started to feel very disoriented and dizzy at times; this progressed to a depression of sorts, my mental state was definitely affected by the Flagyl.

Since 2005 I have gone on four cycles of Flagyl since the blastocystis hominis are very stubborn and always return, relapse is common unless you totally abstain from carbs (ie no bread, potatoes, flour products, sugar or concentrated fruit juices) since blastocysts thrive on carbs and multiply like crazy in your digestive tract UNLESS you counter-attack with extremely potent probiotics. Probiotics are expensive and you have to keep taking them daily.

I made the mistake of not taking probiotics since my doctor never mentioned they were necessary. Doctors can be very vague about things, it never ceases to amaze me how little information they will give you, and how much you have to research on your own, and learn through trial and error.

If you don't take strong probiotics for your digestive tract after treatment with Flagyl, you will probably develop candida infection (a type of overgrowth of intestinal yeast disorder) which will also deliver symptoms of brain fog and burping and gas and embarassing bloating after meals.

I have suffered with this syndrome off and on for over 6 years now and the blastocystis hominis are always hiding waiting to reappear when I eat carbs or drink beer or alcohol (and it is difficult to go through life without bread, potatoes, baked goods, never a glass of wine or beer . . . just clean meat and fresh vegetables and whole fruits are allowed)

Well the Flagyl helped me lose a lot of weight very quickly every time I went on it; last year I lost 35 lbs in four months in conjunction with diet and exercise (Flagyl makes you lose your appetite) but I gained 15 lbs back very quickly once I went off it and starting eating and drinking normally again.

All I can say is that it does work by disinfecting your gut, but feels like drinking Lysol or Pinesol lol, imagine that. It will make you sick for sure in some way, but then antibiotics always seem to have unpleasant side effects and you have to counter these with plenty of probiotics and tons of water and fresh vegetables and plenty of clean protein; and that's not an easy task, considering the average North American diet consists of a lot of restaurant fare and flour-based products.

Many people with digestive problems and gut issues suffer from rosacea as well; I battle ocular rosacea (itching red eyes) and the papules and red breakouts on my chest and upper arms regularly. It's an ongoing battle, probably genetic in nature. Just something you have to keep aware of and eat the right foods, totally avoiding all carbs if possible.
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replied October 7th, 2011
After i was diagnosed w/ chlostridium deficile colitis for taking clindamycin prescribed to kill infection on my face; I was prescribed flagyl 500 mg.
I felt better after taking it for 10 days but had a relapse after a week. now I am prescribed w/another set of antibiotics vancromycin (?)to kill the remaining cdc bad bacteria. I have not picked up this prescription yet because i am still debating whether i should take it or not after all these ineffective sickening flagyl 500.
Does anybody know if there is any alternate/herbal medicine to substitute flagyl or vancromycin antibiotics. Any comments would really help.
To date am still having the diarrhea and stomach ache and metallic taste in my mouth. I have lost 10 lbs and I feel miserable.
Please help.
10/7/11
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replied December 3rd, 2011
I was diagnosed with a minor bacterial infection about a month ago and was told that my partner did not to be treated. I was prescribed metronidazole & took my 2 pills everyday for 7 days without a problem.
Of course after intercourse with my boyfriend who was not treated, it came back. (Dr. still denies the need for my b.f. to be treated!) I am on day 5 & now I have a huge welting rash ALL OVER my body! It hurts & my face is swollen. I want to relieve my minor infection but this is just not worth it!
I too am looking for a safe alternative. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated!
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replied January 27th, 2012
Response to ItchyItchyScratchy,
Response to ItchyItchyScratchy,
I had the exact problem that you had. In December, I went in for bacterial vaginosis. I was prescribed Metronidazole (2/day for 7 days) and was told that my boyfriend did not need to be treated. A month went by before my boyfriend and I had sex. So there was ample amount of time for the prescription to work in me, plus no alcohol. Well, I ended up with the same symptoms of bacterial vaginosis AGAIN. I go to the doctor and tell them that I was told my boyfriend did not need to take anything; however, here I am again. Well the doctor explained that bacterial vaginosis is not sexually transmitted (meaning that if it was bacterial vaginosis my boyfriend wouldnt have it, therefore he doesnt need treatment) Since I got it again it must be Trich (i cant spell the full name) But Trich has the same symptoms as bacteria vaginosis except Trich is transferred sexually. So she gave me Metronizadole again (2/day for 7 days) and for my boyfriend 4 pills at one time. Trich is sexually transmitted BUT that does not mean that it came from your bf. Trich can lie dormat in men and women for up to 4 years. My bf and I have been together going on 4 years. I couldve had it long before and never knew it. I have regular check ups but you have to specifically ask to be checked for Trich. I didnt know that... Good Luck! Oh and this time the medication is making me itch like crazy, my palms, feet, any where there is sweat. I'm checking this site as we speak for a remedy. I finished the medication 4 days ago! I am currently popping Benadryls to calm the itchiness.
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replied August 2nd, 2012
Possible natural alternative to Metronizadole and Vancomycin
I don't know whether you guys are still looking for an alternative therapy to Metronidazole/Vancomycin etc., but following a C-Diffile infection and nasty side effects from Metronidazole I have been looking into Wild Oregano Oil. Seems very promising...worth Googling and doing some research.
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replied April 9th, 2013
Very dangerous reaction to Metronidazole
I had a minor dental infection, and was proscribed metronidazole.
I took a single tablet and it gave me the worst diarrhoea imaginable.
I was also throwing up every minute and could not keep even plain drinking water down for more than a few seconds.
36 hours of this and I decided I deeded hospital treatment.
However I didn't make to to the phone, but collapsed on the bathroom floor following a retching vomiting and diarroea bout with rushing head pains and dizziness.
I regained consciousness sometime later, and did feel a little better.
I managed to drink some water, and that was the first step in my healing process.

My partner has suggested that to help relieve the discomfort to take an over the counter anti-diarroea pill called Imodium.
We found some in a holiday suitcase, but with no instructions.
I knew to take 2 first, then 1 every 4 hours, but wanted to check the duration.
So I googled it, and found that if I had taken the imodium following severe diarrhoea caused by a reaction to antibiotics, that it could possibly have caused septic megacolon and killed me.

Now at least I know that I am allergic to Metronidazole, and have informed my medical practitioner accordingly.

Very important is that anyone who has a reaction takes a probiotic for a few days to help replenish the good bacteria in the gut.
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replied August 7th, 2013
Flagyl side effects
Glad to learn I'm not crazy. I have been taking Flagyl for an oral infection, and food tasted terrible immediately. The pharmacist said I could probably have a small glass of wine with dinner while taking it, but it tasted like cod liver oil, so I passed on that. By the 4th day, I was really dizzy going up and down stairs, or bending over to pick something up, and had no interest in eating, especially meat. I finished 2 days ago and am still extremely dizzy, and my appetite is still suppressed - probably not a terrible thing, but I also don't feel like cooking for the family. This is nasty stuff. Would probiotics help with the dizziness, or just with GI issues?
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replied September 10th, 2013
TERRIBLE ANTI B
I picked up a stomach flu two weeks ago today (Tuesday) - sweats, temp, diarrhea, you name it, Like an idiot I went to see my regular Dr three days later and he put me on FLAGYL but Walgreens couldn't fill it til last Tuesday. Anyway, by Friday I was feeling WORSE so I called my gastro Dr (should have done this to begin with) and saw him yesterday. When I explained everything to him he told me to immediately STOP TAKING FLAGYL (I only had 2 left anyway so it had done it's damage!). It was causing me to lose my appetite, feel sicker in my stomach than when I initially got the flu and totally without energy. The gastro Dr said I'd have been all well by now if I hadn't taken the damn pill. My advice: stay away from this horrible anti b.
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