Metronidazole is an antibiotic. It is meant to eradicate
bacteria that may cause infection in the genitourinary tract
and other areas.
Your doctor has determined how often you or your child should take this medication. To be effective, doses of metronidazole should be taken at intervals as far apart as possible and evenly spaced. For example, if your doctor tells you or your child to take it three times a day, it is best to take one dose every eight hours.
Metronidazole comes in tablets that are to be swallowed, or in pessaries that are to be inserted into the vagina.
Be sure that you or your child take all of the doses that the doctor prescribed. Do not stop taking the drug even though symptoms of the infection disappear.
Take the missed dose as soon as you remember it. Take any
remaining doses for that day at evenly spaced intervals. Do
not double the dose to make up for the missed one.
It is advised not to drink alcohol while taking Metronidazole and for 2 - 3 days after finishing the course of tablets, as this may cause unpleasant side effects such as feeling sick, stomach pain, hot flushes, palpitations and headache.
Metronidazole in the form of an oral tablet is
not to be used in the first trimester (3 months) of pregnancy. If you are unsure of your pregnancy status or get pregnant while on the medication, inform your doctor.
Click here for more information on Metronidazole used as Antibiotics.
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