Metronidazole Side Effects You Should Know About

Metronidazole is basically an antibiotic that fights different bacterial infections plaguing your body.  It can treat a number of infections caused by bacteria including intra-abdominal infections, amoebiasis, bacterial vaginosis, lung abscess, pelvic inflammatory disease, aspiration pneumonia, pseudomembranous colitis, giardiasis, periodontitis, trichomoniasis, and many more.  While it can help cure a lot of bacterial infections, you ought to be careful when taking this drug; therefore, you should always read the pamphlet or ask your doctor about metronidazole side effects.

Just like any other medication, if you are currently taking metronidazole for your bacterial ailment, then you need to be aware that you can experience one or a few metronidazole side effects.  Metronidazole side effects are fairly normal and as long as you can tolerate them and they are not deemed as very dangerous, then you can continue taking metronidazole until you finish your whole treatment regimen. Of course, do not forget to note all the metronidazole side effects you will come across while you are taking it, and report to your doctor so he/she could determine if all is well or if you should take another medicine.

The most common metronidazole side effects a patient will encounter include feeling agitated, back pain, blurry vision, trouble with sleeping, loss of weight, blindness, burning sensation in feet or hands, numbness, tingling or stinging pain on the extremities (hands and/or feet), confusion, convulsions, changes in patterns of speech, feelings of depression, vision is decreased, drowsy, dizzy, pain in one or both eyes, fever, headache, irritable feeling, lack of coordination, feelings of nausea, seizure attacks, shakiness when walking, unsteady gait, speech is slurred, stiff neck, stiff back, trembling, unsteady hands or other issues with muscle coordination or control, vomiting, unusual fatigue or weakness and weakness felt in the extremities (hands, arms, feet or legs).

The less common metronidazole side effects a patient can encounter include black and/or tarry stools, blood in the urine, blood in the stools, chilly sensation, body aches, body pain, unsteadiness, clumsy episodes, breathing difficulties, congestion in the ears, frequent urination, painful urination, pelvic pressure sensation, temporary loss of voice, congested nasal passages, pinpoint or obvious red-colored spots on the skin surface, runny nose, sneezing episodes, severe stomach pain, severe back pain, unexplained bleeding, unexplained bruising, skin rashes, hives or urticaria, redness of the skin, itchy skin, unusual vaginal discharge, irritation, or dryness that is not present prior to taking metronidazole.

The rare metronidazole side effects a patient can encounter include bloating, bleeding of gums, constipation, coughing, chest pain, urine that is dark-colored, fast or irregular heartbeat, loss of appetite, sore throat, painful urination, difficulty with urinating, stomach pain, side pain, abdominal pain radiating to the back, swollen glands, yellowing of the eyes or skin (jaundice), and ulcers, sores, or white spots found in the mouth or on the lips.

The following are not 100% confirmed to be metronidazole side effects, but these are reported by patients who take metronidazole treatment for their bacterial infection: cloudy or bloody urine, diarrhea, burning sensation while urinating, blistering or peeling of the skin, pain in the joints or muscles, inability to control one’s bladder, irritated red eyes, skin redness, feeling of warmth, persistent stomach pain, persistent diarrhea, appearance of red skin lesions with or without a purple center, increased urination of pale-colored dilute urine, and redness appearance of the face, neck, arms and upper chest.

Keep in mind that some metronidazole side effects do not actually need medical attention.   Most patients feel that side effect