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    Metronidazole

    Information about Metronidazole

    Metronidazole uses

    Metronidazole is used in the treatment of bacterial infections and parasitic infections.
    It is used in infections of the brain, reproductive system, gastrointestinal tract, skin, vagina, and other areas of the body.

    How metronidazole works

    Metronidazole is an antibiotic. It kills the bacteria and other microorganisms that cause infections by damaging the DNA.

    Common side effects of metronidazole

    Nausea, Headache, Dry mouth, Metallic taste

    Available Medicine for Metronidazole

    • ₹6 to ₹18
      Abbott
      4 variant(s)
    • ₹12
      J B Chemicals and Pharmaceuticals Ltd
      1 variant(s)
    • ₹8 to ₹17
      Alkem Laboratories Ltd
      4 variant(s)
    • ₹14
      Surya Pharmaceutical Ltd
      1 variant(s)
    • ₹11
      Claris Lifesciences Ltd
      1 variant(s)
    • ₹7 to ₹11
      Aristo Pharmaceuticals Pvt Ltd
      2 variant(s)
    • ₹8 to ₹64
      Makers Laboratories Ltd
      6 variant(s)
    • ₹43 to ₹75
      Jagsonpal Pharmaceuticals Ltd
      2 variant(s)
    • ₹11
      Alkem Laboratories Ltd
      1 variant(s)
    • ₹9 to ₹21
      Mapra Laboratories Pvt Ltd
      2 variant(s)

    Expert advice for Metronidazole

    • Always take the complete course of treatment, as advised by your doctor even if you feel better.
    • It may cause side effects like nausea, stomach upset, and a metallic taste in the mouth.
    • If you are using Metronidazole in a high dose or for a prolonged time, there is a risk of more side effects, like nerve damage.
    • You should not drink alcohol during or for 48 hours after treatment. You may develop nausea, vomiting, flushing and headache if you take it together.
    • Inform your doctor if you have a liver disease. Your dose may need to be adjusted in severe liver disease.

    Frequently asked questions for Metronidazole

    Metronidazole

    Q. What is Metronidazole?
    Metronidazole is an antibiotic. It works by killing bacteria and parasites that cause infections in your body.
    Q. What is Metronidazole used for?
    Metronidazole is active against anaerobic bacteria and can be used to treat infections of the blood, brain, lung, bones, genital tract, pelvic area, stomach and intestines, gum ulcers and other dental infections, infected leg ulcers, and pressure sores and to prevent infections after surgery.
    Q. Is Metronidazole safe?
    Yes, Metronidazole is a relatively safe drug if used in prescribed dose and for prescribed duration as advised by your doctor.
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    Q. Is Metronidazole a pain killer?
    Metronidazole is an antibiotic and not pain killer.
    Q. Does Metronidazole affect birth control?
    There is no evidence of Metronidazole affecting birth control (contraception) as no interactions have been clinically observed between the two. However, interactions may occur. Please consult your doctor to confirm before taking the two medicines together as you may require a secondary birth control measure while taking Metronidazole.
    Q. Is Metronidazole an over the counter (OTC) product?
    No, Metronidazole is not an over the counter (OTC) product. It's a prescription medicine.
    Q. Can Metronidazole cause vomiting?
    Vomiting has been reported as a side effect with Metronidazole. However, the exact incidence is not known. Consult your doctor if vomiting occurs while you are taking Metronidazole.
    Q. Can I take Metronidazole for urinary tract infections (UTI)?
    Metronidazole is indicated for the treatment of infections caused by anaerobic bacteria. It can be indicated for the treatment of urinary tract infections (UTI) only if the underlying cause is anaerobic bacteria. Hence, it is always advisable to consult your doctor who would be able to diagnose your infections and give antibiotics accordingly.
    Q. Can I take Metronidazole for yeast (fungal) infection?
    Metronidazole is not active against yeast (fungal) infections, hence not recommended to be used for yeast infections.
    Q. Can I take Metronidazole for chest infection?
    Yes, Metronidazole can be taken for chest infections only once the cause of infection is diagnosed and the antibiotics are recommended by your doctor.
    Q. can I take Metronidazole for a sinus infection?
    Metronidazole can be used for anaerobic sinus infections. Please consult your doctor before taking any antibiotics as the cause of infection must be diagnosed by a doctor before starting the treatment.
    Q. Can I take Metronidazole for chlamydia?
    Metronidazole is not active against chlamydia. Please consult your doctor before taking any treatment for chlamydia. Antibiotics should be taken only as advised by your doctor.
    Q. Can I take Metronidazole for kidney infection?
    Metronidazole is indicated for the treatment of infections caused by anaerobic bacteria. It can be indicated for the treatment of kidney infection only if the underlying cause is anaerobic bacteria. Hence, it is always advisable to consult your doctor who would be able to diagnose your infections and give antibiotics accordingly.
    Q. Can I take Metronidazole for bronchitis?
    Metronidazole is not indicated for the treatment of bronchitis. Consult your doctor if you have symptoms of bronchitis and antibiotics are needed for the same.
    Q. Can I take Metronidazole for diarrhea?
    Metronidazole is indicated for the treatment of infections caused by anaerobic bacteria. It can be indicated for the treatment of diarrhea only if the underlying cause is anaerobic bacteria. Hence, it is always advisable to consult your doctor who would be able to diagnose your infections and give antibiotics accordingly.
    Q. Can I take Metronidazole for a sore throat?
    Metronidazole is not indicated for the treatment of a sore throat. It is indicated for the treatment of infections caused by anaerobic bacteria. Hence, it is always advisable to consult your doctor who would be able to diagnose your infections and give antibiotics accordingly.
    Q. Can I take Metronidazole for the ear infection?
    Metronidazole is indicated for the treatment of infections caused by anaerobic bacteria. So, it can be used for ear infection only if it is caused by anaerobic bacteria. Please consult your doctor in case antibiotics are needed as the antibiotics should be used only once the cause of infection is properly diagnosed.
    Q. Is Metronidazole steroid?
    Metronidazole is not a steroid. It is an antibiotic which acts by killing bacteria.
    Q. Is Metronidazole carcinogenic?
    There is no evidence of Metronidazole showing carcinogenicity in humans. However, it has shown cancer like growth in mouse and rat studies. Please consult your doctor if you have any questions related to this.
    Q. Is Metronidazole an antibiotic?
    Yes, Metronidazole is an antibiotic. It works by killing bacteria and parasites that cause infections in your body.
    Q. Is Metronidazole bacteriostatic or bactericidal?
    Metronidazole is a bactericidal (kills bacteria) agent. It works by killing bacteria and parasites that cause infections in your body.
    Q. Can I take Metronidazole with doxycycline?
    Metronidazole can be taken with doxycycline as no interactions have been clinically seen between the two medicines. However, interactions may occur. Please consult your doctor before taking the two medicines together.
    Q. Can I take Metronidazole with azithromycin?
    Metronidazole can be taken with azithromycin as no interactions have been clinically seen between the two medicines. However, interactions may occur. Please consult your doctor before taking the two medicines together.
    Q. Can I take Metronidazole with tramadol?
    Metronidazole can be taken with tramadol as no interactions have been clinically seen between the two medicines. However, interactions may occur. Please consult your doctor before taking the two medicines together.
    Q. Can I take Metronidazole with paracetamol?
    Metronidazole can be taken with paracetamol as no interactions have been clinically seen between the two medicines. However, interactions may occur. Please consult your doctor before taking the two medicines together.
    Q. Can I take Metronidazole with fluconazole?
    Metronidazole can be taken with fluconazole as no interactions have been clinically seen between the two medicines. However, interactions may occur. Please consult your doctor before taking the two medicines together.
    Q. Can I take Metronidazole with gabapentin?
    Metronidazole can be taken with gabapentin as no interactions have been clinically seen between the two medicines. However, interactions may occur. Please consult your doctor before taking the two medicines together.
    Q. Can Metronidazole delay your period?
    Metronidazole is not known to delay monthly period. Consult your doctor if it occurs as this could be due to some other condition which needs attention.
    Q. Does Metronidazole affect birth control?
    No, Metronidazole is not shown to affect birth control. It is an antibiotic and works in your body by killing bacteria and parasites that cause infection.
    Q. Does Metronidazole make you fertile?
    Metronidazole plays no role in the treatment of infertility. It is an antibiotic and works in your body by killing bacteria and parasites that cause infection.
    Q. Does Metronidazole cause dark urine?
    Dark urine has been reported to be an uncommon side effect with Metronidazole. If you develop dark urine, talk to your doctor immediately. You may need to stop the medicine.
    Q. Does Metronidazole cause constipation?
    Yes, Metronidazole may cause constipation. Consult your doctor if you have constipation during Metronidazole therapy.
    Q. Does Metronidazole contain sulfa?
    Metronidazole is not a sulfa-containing drug.
    Q. Does Metronidazole make you feel tired?
    Tiredness has not been reported as a side effect of Metronidazole. In case you experience tiredness while taking Metronidazole. Please consult your doctor.
    Q. Does Metronidazole cause nausea?
    There have been reports that Metronidazole may cause nausea. However, the exact incidence is not known. Consult your doctor if nausea occurs and persists for a long time when you are taking Metronidazole.

    Content on this page was last updated on 04 September, 2017, by Dr. Varun Gupta (MD Pharmacology)