Also known as: Metronidazole
Metronidazole injection is used to treat serious bacterial infections in different areas of the body. It is also used to prevent infections in the bowels before and after surgery for some patients.
Metronidazole belongs to the class of medicines known as antibiotics. It works by killing bacteria or preventing their growth. However, this medicine will not work for colds, flu, or other virus infections.
This medicine is to be given only by or under the direct supervision of your doctor.
This section provides information on the proper use of a number of products that contain metronidazole. It may not be specific to Anegyn. Please read with care.
Take this medicine only as directed by your doctor. Do not take more of it, do not take it more often, and do not take it for a longer time than your doctor ordered.
The capsules can be taken with or without food. If the medicine upsets your stomach, it is best to take it with a meal or snack.
The extended–release tablet must be taken without food, 1 hour before or 2 hours after a meal.
Swallow the extended-release tablet whole. Do not break, crush, or chew it.
To help clear up your infection completely, keep using this medicine for the full time of treatment, even if you begin to feel better after a few days. If you stop using this medicine too soon, your infection may return.
This medicine works best when there is a constant amount in the blood. To help keep the amount constant, do not miss any doses. Also, it is best to take the doses at evenly spaced times during the day. If you need help planning the best times to take your medicine, check with your doctor.
The dose of this medicine will be different for different patients. Follow your doctor's orders or the directions on the label. The following information includes only the average doses of this medicine. If your dose is different, do not change it unless your doctor tells you to do so.
The amount of medicine that you take depends on the strength of the medicine. Also, the number of doses you take each day, the time allowed between doses, and the length of time you take the medicine depend on the medical problem for which you are using the medicine.
For oral dosage forms (capsules or tablets): For amebiasis infections: Adults—500 or 750 milligrams (mg) 3 times a day for 5 to 10 days. Children—Dose is based on body weight and must be determined by your doctor. The dose is usually 35 to 50 milligrams (mg) per kilogram (kg) of body weight per day, divided into 3 doses, for 10 days. For bacterial infections: Adults—Dose is based on body weight and must be determined by your doctor. The dose is usually 7.5 milligrams (mg) per kilogram (kg) of body weight every 6 hours for 7 to 10 days. Your doctor may increase your dose as needed. However, the dose is usually not more than 4000 mg per day. Children—Use and dose must be determined by your doctor. For trichomoniasis infections: Adults—The tablet can be given 3 different ways: as a single dose of 2 grams, as 1 gram 2 times a day for 1 day, or as 250 milligrams (mg) 3 times a day for 7 days. The capsule dose is 375 mg 2 times a day for 7 days. Children—Use and dose must be determined by your doctor. For oral dosage form (extended-release tablets): For bacterial vaginosis: Adults—750 milligrams (mg) once a day for 7 days. Children—Use and dose must be determined by your doctor.
In cases of overdose in adults, the clinical symptoms are usually limited to nausea, vomiting, ataxia and slight disorientation. In a preterm newborn, no clinical or biological sign of toxicity developed.
There is no specific treatment for Anegyn overdose, Anegyn infusion should be discontinued. Patients should be treated symptomatically.
Store the medicine in a closed container at room temperature, away from heat, moisture, and direct light. Keep from freezing.
Keep out of the reach of children.
Do not keep outdated medicine or medicine no longer needed.
Ask your healthcare professional how you should dispose of any medicine you do not use.
Detailed Metronidazole topical dosage information