Helidac Therapy (Oral)

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Reaction to helidac therapy

I was recently diagnosed with H.pylori through a blood test. I have no symptoms of ulcers. My doctor prescribed Helidac Therapy where I took four pills four times daily They included: bismuth subsalicylate/metronidazole/tetracycline HCI. I immediately...
by Christine in California, 07/18/2006

dark stools

I was on the Helidac therapy for 2 weeks.My stools did change color(Black)and are still that way.I quit taking the medicine On September 4th(Today is the 7th)I had a couple of capsules of Pepto bismuth yesterday and the day before.Should my stool colo...
by Di in Michigan, 09/07/2006

Helidac therapy

I was given prevpac to cure a blood bacteria causing itch and rash that I have had for 30 years, and had an allergic reaction that has taken more than 30 days to get under control, now I have a perscription for helidac to take its place, should I be a...
by John in arlington, tex, 03/03/2006

Helidac Therapy (Oral) Drug and Prescription Information

Helidac Therapy (Oral)

Helidac Therapy (Oral) Medication Classification


Helidac Therapy (Oral) Brandname

Flagyl ER, Flagyl, Helidac Therapy, Flagyl 375

Helidac Therapy (Oral) is used for the Treatment

Metronidazole (me-troe-NI-da-zole) Treats infections. Belongs to a class of drugs called antibiotics.

When To Not Use Helidac Therapy (Oral)

You should not use this medicine if you have ever had an allergic reaction to metronidazole.

How Should You Use Helidac Therapy (Oral)

Tablet, Capsule, Long Acting Tablet, Liquid

  • Your doctor will tell you how much medicine to take and how often.
  • You may take the capsule, tablet, or oral liquid with food or milk to avoid stomach upset.
  • It is best to take the extended-release tablet on an empty stomach, one hour before you eat a meal or two hours after a meal.
  • Swallow the extended-release tablet whole. Do not crush, break, or chew it.
  • Measure the oral liquid medicine with a marked measuring spoon, oral syringe, or medicine cup.
  • Take your medicine as scheduled until it is all gone, even if your symptoms go away. If you stop taking metronidazole too soon, your infection may return.
  • If you do not get better in a few days or if your symptoms get worse, call your doctor.
  • If a dose is missed:
  • Take the missed dose as soon as possible.
  • If it is nearly time for your next dose, wait until then to take the medicine and skip the missed dose.
  • You should not use two doses at one time.

Proper Helidac Therapy (Oral) Storage

Store Helidac Therapy (Oral) at room temperature away from sunlight and moisture unless otherwise stated by manufacturer's instructions or labelling. Keep Helidac Therapy (Oral) and all medications out of the reach of children.

What To Avoid While Using Helidac Therapy (Oral)

Ask your doctor or pharmacist before using any other medicine, including over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products.

  • Do not drink alcohol or take medicine with alcohol in it, such as cold or cough medicines. Wait at least one day after stopping metronidazole before drinking alcohol.
  • Make sure your doctor knows if you are taking blood thinners such as Coumadin®, disulfiram (Antabuse®), phenobarbital (Donnatal®), phenytoin (Dilantin®), or cimetidine (Tagamet®).

Helidac Therapy (Oral) Warnings

  • If you are pregnant or breastfeeding, talk to your doctor before taking this medicine.
  • Check with your doctor before taking metronidazole if you have liver or heart disease, a nerve disease (such as epilepsy), or a blood disorder.
  • If you are taking this medicine for a genital infection, make sure that your sexual partner also gets treated, even if he or she has no symptoms.
  • Because this medicine makes some people dizzy or lightheaded, be careful when driving a car or using machinery.
  • This medicine may turn your urine a reddish-brown color. This is normal.

Helidac Therapy (Oral) Side Effects

Call your doctor right away if you notice any of these side effects:

  • Skin rash or hives
  • Unexplained sore throat or fever
  • Joint pain
  • Tingling, pain, or weakness in hands or feet
  • If you notice these less serious side effects, talk with your doctor:
  • Mild diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, stomach pain
  • Dizziness or lightheadedness
  • Dry mouth, metallic taste
  • Pain during sex or when going to the bathroom (urinating)
  • Vaginal swelling, itching, or discharge
  • Loss of appetite

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