Metronidazole is used to treat and prevent infections.
Take metronidazole regularly as directed. Keep taking it until the course is finished, even if you start to feel better.
Take the tablets with food and a glass of water.
Take the liquid on an empty stomach (one hour before or two hours after food). Measure the liquid carefully with an oral syringe or measuring spoon.
Take the missed dose as soon as possible and continue as directed.
Some medicines available without a prescription may react with metronidazole including:
Tell your pharmacist or doctor about all medicines or treatments that you may be taking, including vitamins, herbal products or recreational drugs.
|Side Effects||Recommended action|
Numbness or tingling of the fingers or toes
Changes in vision
|Tell your doctor immediately|
Dizziness, headache, drowsiness, tiredness or weakness
Vomiting, diarrhoea, loss of appetite
Metallic taste, furry tongue
Vaginal itch or discharge (vaginal thrush)
|Tell your doctor if troublesome|
|Take with food (tablet only)|
If you notice any other effects, discuss them with your doctor or pharmacist.
This leaflet contains important, but not all, information about this medicine.
Prepared by the PILs Committee at Christchurch Hospital, Canterbury District Health Board, New Zealand. October 2017
For more general information about this sheet annd its contents, see: What does a My Medicines sheet cover?
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