Always consult your doctor or pharmacist before taking metronidazole powder for suspensions. In particular, talk to your health care providers in case of allergic reactions. If you are taking other medicines, or you think you may need to use an alternative form of metronidazole powder for suspensions, always remember to ask your doctor’s opinion first. In these cases it’s useful to keep with you a list of all the drugs you are taking. Talk to him before starting any new cure as well, vitamins and natural products included.
If your condition does not improve or becomes worse, then call your health care providers. Never use this medicine for a longer period of time than you have been told by your doctor.
Driving or operating machinery is okay if you are aware of how you will react to it. Metronidazole powder may cause dizziness and this effect may get worse if you take it with alcohol or you consume foods or medicines that contain propylene glycol. Be careful if you are driving or operating any risky activity.
Indications and Usage
Take metronidazole exactly as suggested by your doctor. Follow all directions on your prescription label. Do not take this medicine in larger or smaller amounts or for a shorter/longer time than recommended. Your symptoms may improve before the infection is completely cured. Skipping doses may also increase your risk of further infections that are resistant to antibiotics.
This medicine will not treat a viral infection such as the common cold or flu.
Metronidazole can cause unusual results with certain lab tests. Tell lab test personnel that you are using this medicine.
If you are treating a vaginal infection, your sexual partner may also need to take metronidazole -even if no symptoms are present- or you could get the infection again.
Store at room temperature, away from moisture and heat.
Administration and Dosage
Refer to your doctor or pharmacist for guidelines on dosage. Do not exceed what they advise.
The usual dose for adults is 500-750mg orally 3 times a day for 7-10 days. The usual dose for children is less than 45kg: 15mg/kg/day orally or 3 divided doses for 7 days.
Metronidazole is usually given for up to 10 days in a row. You may need to repeat this dosage several weeks later.
There are 5 major drugs known that are known to interact with metronidazole such as Amprenavir, busulfan, warfarin, dicumarol, and anisindione. Consult with your doctor about any medications you are taking, before your treatment with metronidazole powder.
Do not drink alcohol or consume food or medicines that contain propylene glycol while you are taking metronidazole as it may cause you to have headaches, stomach cramps, nausea, vomiting, and flushing (warmth, redness, or tingly feeling). Also avoid alcohol or propylene glycol for at least 3 days after you stop taking this medicine.
If you have watery or bloody diarrhea, you may have got a new infection. In that case, call your doctor and don’t take anti-diarrhea medications unless he/she suggests you to.
If you take a larger dose than you should take, tell your doctor, pharmacist or health care specialist immediately even if you don’t feel bad. Bring with you the container and tell them about the amount you took and related timing.
Adverse Reactions and Precautions
Do NOT use metronidazole powder if:
- You are allergic to any ingredients in metronidazole;
- You are in the first 3 month of pregnancy;
- You drink alcohol or you take any products containing alcohol;
- You are taking busulfan or have taken disulfiram within the past 2 weeks;
- You have liver or kidney disease;
- You have a stomach or intestinal problem such as Crohn’s disease;
- You have a blood cell disorder such as anemia or low white blood cell level;
- You have a fungal infection anywhere in your blood;
- You have a nerve disorder.
Use of metronidazole powder during pregnancy or breastfeeding is only recommended if the benefits outweigh the risks. Some patients should not use metronidazole powder during the first 3 months of pregnancy. Metronidazole powder is also found in breast milk so do not breastfeed while taking metronidazole powder. Consult your doctor or health care professional before taking metronidazole powder.
In animal studies, metronidazole caused certain types of cancers or tumors. It is not known yet whether these effects could occur in people as well. Ask your doctor for a consultation about your risks before starting the therapy.