Generic Name : METRONIDAZOLE ORAL
Pronunciation : (me troe ni' da zole)
Trade Name(s) : Aldezol, Anaerid S.I.V, Antamebin, Anistogyl, Compeba, Flagyl, Glucogyl, Iv metro, Metrogyl, Metron, Metron IV, Metronidazole IV, Monizole, Pozole-D, Unimezol
Why it is prescribed: Metronidazole eliminates bacteria and other microorganisms that cause infections of the reproductive trct, intestine, and other areas.
When it is to be taken: Metronidazole usually is taken three times a day for seven days or longer. Follow the instructions on your prescription label carefully, and ask your doctor to explain any part that you do not understand.
How it should be taken: Metronidazole comes in the form of tablets. Your prescription label tells you how much to take at each dose.
Special Instruction :
1. if you take this medication for a genital infection, your sexual partner should be treated at the same time, even if no symptoms of infection are present; the infection may be spread to another person during sexual intercourse. Avoid having intercourse until the infection is cured. If you do have intercourse, the male partner should wear a condom.
2. Do not douche if you have a vaginal infection unless your doctor tells you to do so.
3. Wear only clean, cotton panties until the infection is cured. Do not wear panties made of silk, nylon, or other synthetic fabrics; since these garments do not allow air to flow freely around the vagina, they create conditions favorable to the growth of infecting organisms.
4. Take all prescribed doses. Do not stop taking the drug even when your symptoms disappear. You must take metronidazole for as long as your doctor prescribes or your infection may return.
5. However, if your symptoms do not improve, if they become worse, or if they return after you finish the medication, contact your doctor.
6. Do not drink alcoholic beverages while taking metronidazole. Alcohol may cause nausea, vomiting, abdominal cramps, headache, sweating, and flushing. 7. Take the missed dose as soon as you remember it and take any remaining doses for that day at evenly spaced intervals.
Side Effects :
1. Nausea, loss of appetite. Take metronidazole with food. If these effects persist, contact your doctor.
2. Dry mouth; sharp, unpleasant metallic taste. Chew sugarless gum or suck sugarless mints.
3. Pain, burning, or discomfort on urination; bladder irritation; increased urination; pelvic pressure; dry vagina or external female genitals; painful or difficult sexual intercourse. These effects should disappear after you finish taking the drug.
4. Dark or reddish-brown urine. This effect is harmless.
5. Furry tongue, mouth or tongue irritation, numbness or tingling of hands or feet, discharge from the vagina or irritation not present before taking the drug. Contact your doctor.
6. Rash, itching, stuffy nose, fever, joint, pain. Stop taking the drug and contact your doctor immediately.
Other Precautions :
1. Before you take metronidazole, tell your doctor if you have a history of blood or liver disease or if you are pregnant or breast-feeding.
2. Before you take this drug, tell your doctor what prescription and nonprescription drugs you are taking, especially anticoagulants, disulfiram, and phenobarbital.
3. Do not allow anyone else to take this medication.
Storage Conditions : Keep this medication in the container it came in and out of the reach of children. Store it at room temperature.