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What should I know about Flagyl IV before receiving it?

People with allergies to the ingredients in Flagyl IV or similar antibiotics should not receive Flagyl IV. People who take ergot alkaloids, alcohol-containing HIV protease inhibitors, busulfan or who have taken disulfiram in the last 14 days should not receive Flagyl IV. Those who drink alcohol or who are in their first trimester of pregnancy also should not receive it. Women in their second and third trimesters of pregnancy and breastfeeding women should discuss the risks of taking Flagyl IV with their doctors before having it administered. Those over 65 years of age and parents of children with bacterial infections, should do the same. Taking certain drugs at the same time as Flagyl IV may increase your chances for side effects. Make sure your medications are compatible before receiving them. Even if you do not fit into any of the above-mentioned groups, you may still become dizzy and sensitive to the sun after receiving the injection. To avoid excess dizziness and other problems, do not drink alcohol for 24 hours after your injection and protect your skin in direct sunlight. You also may have diarrhea, but do not take any medication for it without first asking your doctor. You should talk to your doctor about any medical conditions you have or have had in the past, especially Crohn's disease, seizures, swollen extremities or any problems with blood, brain, nerves, liver or heart or allergies. Tell your doctor about all current medications and supplements you are using before receiving Flagyl IV.

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