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Secnidazole is used in the treatment of diarrhoea and bacterial infections

How it works

Secnidazole is an antibiotic. It kills the bacteria that cause infections.

Common side effects

Bitter taste, Epigastric pain, Nausea, Stomatitis, Glossitis

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Expert advice

  • Secnidazole must be taken preferably just before food.
  • Do not take alcohol during treatment with secnidazole as it may cause worsen the side effects.
  • Inform you doctor if you are pregnant or breastfeeding as the drug shouldn’t be taken in first trimester and during breastfeeding.
  • If you are suffering from trichomoniasis, your partner should also receive the same treatment concomitantly.

Frequently asked questions


Q. What does secnidazole treat/cure?
Secnidazole is used to treat intestinal amoebiasis (infection of the intestinal), hepatic amoebiasis (infection of the liver), urthritis (infection of the urethra) and vaginitis (infection of the vagina) caused by Trichomonas vaginalis and giardiasis (parasitic infections)

Q. How does secnidazole work?
Secnidazole is an antiinfective drug that belongs to a class of medicine called nitroimidazole. It works by inhibiting energy production of the disease/infection causing microorganism thereby killing them

Q. How long does secnidazole take to work?
It takes 3 hours for secnidazole to reach it's peak serum concentration. So, maximum time taken to work is around 3 hours

Q. Does secnidazole contain sulphur?
No, secnidazole does not contain sulphur.

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