metronidazole long term effects

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:? I was given metronidazole for a tooth infection 200 x 9 tablets and I collapsed I discovered later that I had been given this medication 9 time for diviticulitus over 10 years this last dose has completely upset me neurologically. 2 years later and I have not recovered, my doctor was very helpful and tests were done - I now have reactive hypoglycemia, not connected with diabetes, I have changed my diet, no sugar, and eat small meals regularly, but I also have tingling along the tops of my arms and on the front of my legs in the mornings and a stiff shoulder all because of this antibiotic. Why are tests not done to find out what part of this antibiotic is causing such serious side effects. I want my life back but how. Taking a tissue salt which helps but not a cure. Help.

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    I took Metronidazole over the summer. I haven't been the same sens . My life is ruined I've lost my job and im house bound. Have you found any relief? I have low blood pressure, dizzyness, brain fog, sever anxiety,pain all over my body, i can't stay hydrated. If you see this please write back thanks.

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      I you sound like me! Metronidazole has ruined my life 2 months after taking it I'm still suffering. Major panic attacks and extreme anxiety. My upper arms ache and I am struggling everyday. I'm on diazepam twice a day 2mg but I know I can't stay on that forever. It's a real hell and doctors don't believe me

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      First of all I feel sorry for anyone who went through such difficulties. Metronidazole is a cheap and poisonous antibiotics and even here in Saudi Arabia,I noticed that hospitals strated to use it instead of other expensive antibiotics they used to administer. This poisoning antibiotics should be banned.For 7 days I was given many antibiotics including metronidazole which was the worse. The Dr said sgot,cpk and ldh enzymes where dangerously too high and suspected I have infection which causes those enzymes to spike and cause autoimmune disease (polymyositis) which can cause pain all over the body ,I was hopeless cause there was no cure for except taking anti inflammation drugs.But I suspected my gallbladder was the culprit who triggered autoimmune disease and I insisted on the Dr to remove it. I was right the surgeon said it was too inflamed. By the way there were stone in it. So do a CT or Sonar scan to gallbladder to look for stone and remove it. One last word I hope people in the US who their lives ruined by metronidazole step in and call for the ban of it.
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    Hi I was on metronidazole for 9 days and suffered a severe panic attack which I ended up in a&e for I've been off the meds for 2 months and I'm still struggling with panic and anxiety been off work all this time and still am no better. I was offered sertraline which after 2 days gave me serotonin toxicity and I believe this is linked as well. I have never suffered from anxiety before

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      Have your anxiety conditions improved? I took that drug for a bout of diverticulitis in Feb and have been suffering from severe anxiety as well. I never thought about it being from this drug, I assumed it went with the diverticulitis. I've never had this type of anxiety, although I've been a worrier in the past. This is different, and seems to overtake me when I least expect it and I can't shake it off. I have it almost daily. It also has brain fog and a sense of apathy that comes with it. I just want to be me again!

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      Hi, that's all I keep saying! I want to be me again. My life has changed but it is improving. I've had 4 months off work, my gallbladder removed because it was bad and my thyroid is playing up. But I really do believe the metronidazole started all this off. I have more good days than bad now but the anxiety creeps up and takes me by supreme. Last week was a bad week I had an attack at the theatre, can't plan anything have to take each day as it comes. But compared to how I was back in October/November it has improved. So give it time and it's so lovely to know it isn't just me!

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      Hi Karol, I see you have had problem taking Metronidazole.  I have also been taking this drug on and off for diverticulitis over the last 17 months and the last lot seem to stiffen me up and give me such a bad back.  I am having terrible problems with diverticulitis and cannot get these flare ups under control and in terrible terrible pain with fever and feeling so ill I am in bed most of the time.  Is your diverticulitis under control and have you any advice to help me.  I am at a loss.  Looking forward to hearing from you.
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      Hi Marian....I was just diagnosed in Feb, so I'm new to what flareups feel like and all, but I haven't had any pain or fever, so I must have not had a flare. I have been taking a lot of supplements like probiotics and aloe vera juice on my chiropractors advice. My regular doctor hasn't told me what to expect or anything, which is disheartening. I have been reading about the medication, though, on another forum here, and it seems to be worse than the problems from diverticulitis. I actually think it, or the Cipro I also took, are what is making me so anxiety ridden. I am praying not to have a flare up because I don't think I will ever take Flagyl or Cipro again!

      I so hope you can get feeling better! The aloe seems to really be helping me and you might try it.

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      Thank you for the encouraging words! I read a lot about the medication (Flagyl) side effects on a forum last night, and it does sound exactly like my complaints! Also, the Cipro side effects. I'm hoping it's not the Cipro doing this because it seems a lot harder to recover from. I'm so happy to hear your testimony of feeling much better! You give me hope!

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      Thank you Karol for your very quick reply.  I am also taking probiotics but have not tried aloe vera juice so it may be a good idea.  I have read a lot about Cipro. but never taken it, they say it's evil stuff so I am hoping I'm not put on that.  It's very difficult to tolerate apparently.  I will try and Aloe Vera juice and see if it helps me.  Many thanks for getting in touch and for your help.

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    I was given metronidazole  4 days ago, and today I felt so ill with such bad anxiety that I called the doctor and said I wantd to go to hospital and never take that drug again, I also realize that I took it in Jan for diverticulitus, and after this I had to see a psychiatrist for acute trauma, I thought this was bought on by 5 operations that I have had to remove my stomach due to cancer but now realise it is all to do with metronidazole, you are meant to eat a lot of food when taking it, but I am unable to eat a lot as I have no stomach!!! I really believe this drug can ruin your life, only time will tell if I start to recover, any advice.

     

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      Vanessa I am so sorry to hear that you are suffering so! From everything I've read, it seems like it just takes time to get it out of your system and for your body to repair any damage. Don't let them give you Cipro either, as its side effects are even worse. I took both for diverticulitis but I think I am reacting to the metronidazole and not the Cipro. I'm praying for you.

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    Did anyone get better ? I don't know whether to compare metronidazole side effects to cipro ?

    I have been having symptoms for two and a half months. I've never had such a bad reaction to a medication after discontinuing it.

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      Hi sarah3365525, I have only taken Metronidazole but never cipro.  I found the metronidazole very hard to take as it gave me terrible upset stomachs and eventually stiffened me up so had to stop taking it. I don't know what other antibiotic can be taken instead of Metronidazole.  I also took Trimethroprim as the same time, perhaps the two together were just too strong.  I will never take Cipro. after hearing all the terrible things about it. 

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      Sarah, I've been off of metronidazole since February and just now beginning to have more good days than bad. Everything I've read seems to say it just takes time, but it's very unnerving as we wait.

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      Hi Karol and all, I'm so sorry to hear that metronizadole has so badly affected your lives.  I felt terrible on it and it stiffened me up so stopped taking it straight away.  I don't think anything will ever be done about these horrible medications we are given.  I have recently had two major skin cancer operations on my face (horrendous!) and each time was given Flucloxicillin which is the same family as Cipro. and I was so scared to take it as I've read so many terrible things about those drugs as well but felt I had to take the two courses I was given in case I got a skin infection.  I've felt so ill taking them as my system is really low and trying to fight my way back to health again.  It's a good thing we have the internet to communicate if not we would know how others are suffering from taking these terrible drugs.  Today is the first day I've woken up without feeling sick, weak, exhausted etc.  I had forgotten what feeling normal was like.  Don't get me wrong, I am still really weak and cannot look after myself yet.  I wish you all good luck and if you find another medication that we can take instead of Metronidazole I would be very interested to hear about it.   We need something less harmful.  It's a scandal that should be exposed.

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