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    Information about Secnidazole

    Secnidazole uses

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

    How secnidazole works

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

    Common side effects of secnidazole

    Headache, Nausea, Vomiting, Diarrhea, Abdominal pain, Vaginal itching, Vaginal yeast infection
    Content Details
    Written By
    Dr. Saleh Rifai
    BCMAS, Pharm.D
    Reviewed By
    Dr. Shilpa Garcha
    MD (Pharmacology), MBBS
    Last updated on:
    14 Mar 2020 | 11:48 AM (IST)
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    Expert advice for Secnidazole

    • 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.
    • Secnidazole used in a high dose or for a prolonged time increases the risk of side effects such as nerve damage. Take it only as prescribed by your doctor.
    • Do not drink alcohol during or for 2-3 days after treatment with this medicine. You may develop nausea, vomiting, flushing and headache.
    • Inform your doctor if you have  liver disease. Your dose may need to be adjusted in severe liver disease.
    • Secnidazole treats infections caused by bacteria and parasites.
    • It may also be used to prevent infections following surgery.

    Frequently asked questions for Secnidazole


    Q. Can the use of Secnidazole cause metallic taste?

    Yes, Secnidazole may cause a temporary metallic taste. This metallic taste can be reduced by staying hydrated, brushing teeth after the meals and chewing sugar-free gum or mints.

    Q. Why it is harmful to drink alcohol while using Secnidazole?

    Alcohol should be strictly avoided while taking Secnidazole and for at least 3 days after completely stopping the medicine. Drinking alcohol can cause an unpleasant reaction (Disulfuram reaction) with symptoms such as stomach pain, nausea, vomiting, headache, flushing or redness of the face.

    Q. Can I stop taking Secnidazole when I feel better?

    No, do not stop taking Secnidazole. Complete the full course of treatment even if you feel better. Your symptoms may improve before the infection is completely cured.

    Content on this page was last updated on 14 March, 2020, by Dr. Varun Gupta (MD Pharmacology)