Always consult a medical doctor or patient care specialist before using metronidazole tablets.
Indications and Usage
Metronidazole is indicated in the treatment many infections caused by bacteria or parasites. These are majorly infections of gastrointestinal tract or reproductive system. Metronidazole extended-release oral tablets are used to treat vaginal infections in women.
Metronidazole may be used as part of a combination therapy. This means you may need to take it with other medications.
This drug is contraindicated with patients hypersensitive towards metronidazole.
Do NOT use metronidazole tablet if you:
- Are allergic to any ingredients in metronidazole;
- Are in the first 3 month of pregnancy;
- Are taking busulfan or have taken disulfiram within the past 2 week;
- Drink alcohol or you take any products containing alcohol.
Use of metronidazole during pregnancy or breastfeeding is only recommended if the benefits outweigh the risks. Some patients should not use metronidazole during the first 3 months of pregnancy.
Metronidazole is also found in breast milk so do not breastfeed while taking the medicine. Consult your doctor or health care professional before taking metronidazole tablets.
Driving or operating machinery only advisable when an individual is aware of the after-effects of the medications. Metronidazole may cause dizziness and this effect may get worse if you take it with alcohol. Be careful if you are driving or operating any risky activity.
Administration and Dosage
Refer to your doctor or pharmacist for guidelines on dosage. Do not exceed what they advise.
- Usual dose for adults is: 500-750mg orally 3 times a day for 7-10 days;
- Usual dose for children is: less than 45 kg: 15mg/kg/day orally and divided into 3 for 7 days.
Drugs known that are known to interact with metronidazole are: amprenavir, busulfan, warfarin, coumadinn, jantoven, dicumarol and anisinsione. Consult with your doctor about any medications you are taking, before your treatment with metronidazole.
If someone overdoses might have symptoms of vomiting, nausea, dizziness, loss of balance or coordination, numbness and tingling, or seizures (convulsions), breathlessness or passing out. This has to be reported to the medical health professional. Seek medical help urgently.
Some of the reported adverse reactions are hives, red rash, wheezing, fever and chills. Consult with your doctor about any medications you are taking, before your treatment with metronidazole tablets.