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Both the extended-release and immediate-release tablets of metronidazole must a prescription. Both are ingested by mouth. The brand-name medication Flagyl (immediate-release) and Flagyl ER are available as these tablets (extended-release). The body immediately absorbs drugs with immediate release. Medications with an extended half-life are absorbed into the body.

There are generic versions of both the immediate-release and the extended-release pills. Drugs that generally cost less than those that are brand-name. They might not always be offered in the same strengths or dosage forms as the brand-name medication.

Why is it used

Treatment for different infections brought on by bacteria or parasites uses metronidazole. These include infections of the digestive system, reproductive system, or vagina. Metronidazole may be used in combination with other medications.

This indicates that you might have to combine it with other medications. Even if symptoms go away after a few days. keep taking this medication until the entire advised dosage is gone. A recurrence of the infection could occur if the treatment is stopped too soon.

If your issue persists or worsens, let your doctor know.

What it does

Metronidazole is a member of the nitroimidazole antimicrobials medication class.

A class of pharmaceuticals is a collection of compounds with comparable mechanisms of action. Similar problems are treated with these medications.

Drugs known as antimicrobials are used to treat infections. Antimicrobials called nitroimidazoles are used to treat infections. brought on by bacteria and other types of protozoa. The bacteria or other organisms that are causing. the infection is killed by metronidazole tablets. which is how they operate. This lessens the infection. 

Effects of metronidazole

More frequent adverse effects. The following are some of the more frequent negative effects:

  • Headache
  • reduced appetite
  • dizziness or vomiting
  • vomiting and
  • diarrhea
  • heartburn stomach pain
  • Constipation
  • metal flavor

If these side effects are minor, they can disappear in a few days or weeks. If they get worse or persist, consult your doctor or pharmacist.

Detrimental effects

Immediately contact your doctor if you have any severe adverse effects. If your symptoms seem life-threatening or you believe you are experiencing a medical. emergency, dial 911. Possible severe adverse effects include:

consequences on the nervous system, such as encephalopathy and seizures

(abnormal brain function). Some symptoms include:

  • convulsions (sudden movements caused by tightening of your muscles)
  • Dizziness
  • Headache
  • Confusion
  • ataxia (loss of control of body movements)

Disclaimer: It is our intention to only give you the most recent. and pertinent information. But, we cannot ensure that this material includes all potential adverse effects. because medications have varied effects on each individual.

This knowledge is not meant to replace professional medical guidance.

Always talk about potential side effects with a medical expert. who is familiar with your medical history. 

 FDA cautions

The oral tablets and capsules of metronidazole come with a black box warning.

The Food and Drug Administration has issued its most serious warning to date (FDA).

A black box warning denotes potential dangers in a drug’s side effects.

Cancer alert

While testing metronidazole, several animals tested positive for cancer.

Similar dangers could exist in people.


Use caution: Metronidazole should only be used to treat or prevent infections that are proven or


Q. Is it safe to use metronidazole and birth control together?

It’s okay to use hormonal birth control techniques with a metronidazole oral pill. Contrary to popular belief, metronidazole does not interfere with birth control. unlike the antibiotic rifampin. There is no evidence to support the claim that taking this

medication. while using the pill or another hormonal form of birth control increases. your risk of becoming pregnant.

Of course, see your doctor if you have any questions. when taking metronidazole. you can always use a backup method of birth control, such as a condom. Check out this page for more details. about the relationship between birth control and antibiotics.

Q. Those who shouldn’t take METRONIDAZOLE?           

 Consult your doctor if you experience any of the following symptoms: or conditions:

  • low numbers of a type of white blood cell called a neutrophil
  • Alcoholism
  • low seizure threshold peripheral neuropathy
  • a painful disorder affecting the nerves in the arms and legs
  • seizures with a long QT interval on the EKG
  • stage 5 chronic renal disease
  • which means that the kidneys have likely stopped functioning
  • the Cockayne condition
  • liver impairment of Child-Pugh class A
  • hepatitis of Child-Pugh class B
  • Hepatitis of Child-Pugh class C


However, the information contained herein should NOT use as a substitute for the advice of a qualified physician. The information provided here is for informational purposes only. This may not cover all possible side effects, also drug interactions, warnings, or alerts. Please consult your doctor and discuss all your queries related to any disease or medicine. We intend to support or not replace, and the doctor-patient relationship.


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