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How do I take/use this medicine?
Use Metronidazole exactly as directed by your doctor. Do not use more or less than instructed by your doctor.
Metronidazole suppository is to be inserted into the rectum. Do not eat, chew or swallow it. Do not use it any other way.
Try to go to the toilet before you insert the suppository.
Follow these steps:
1. Wash your hands thoroughly.
2. Remove the suppository from the foil wrapper.
3. Lie on your left side and pull your right knee up to your chest.
4. Gently insert the suppository with the pointed end first into your rectum. Gently push the suppository as far as it would go.
5. Remain lying in this position for 10 -15 minutes to allow the suppository to melt. If you feel that the suppository is slipping out, press your buttocks together. The suppository must remain in the rectum so that the medicine can be absorbed.
Use Metronidazole at regular intervals as instructed. Do not skip any doses. Continue to use it even when you feel better. You must complete the entire course of antibiotic. If you don't, the infection will not clear completely.
Do not stop using Metronidazole unless instructed by your doctor to do so.
What should I take note of while using/taking this medicine?
Alert your doctor if you have heart, liver, kidney or blood diseases, epilepsy, oral or vaginal yeast infections.
Alert your doctor if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.
If you are being treated with Metronidazole for STD, you should follow your doctor's advice on ways to prevent passing the disease to others. You should also avoid sexual contact until the doctor certifies that you are cleared of the infection.
If you are going for any blood tests, inform your doctor that you are taking Metronidazole as it can interfere with certain laboratory tests.
When should I not use this medicine?
Alert your doctor if you ever had an allergic reaction (breathlessness, rashes, swollen eyes) to a similar antibiotic called tinidazole.
Are there any restrictions on the type of food I can take?
Avoid alcohol while being treated with Metronidazole and for at least 48 hours after the last dose.
Taking alcohol together with Metronidazole can cause very unpleasant reactions such as severe flushing of the face, headache, nausea, vomiting and stomach cramps.
Why do I need this medicine?
Metronidazole is an antibiotic.
It is used to treat dental, brain, lung, skin, vagina, bone, joint, digestive tract and blood infections.
Metronidazole is also used to treat and prevent infections after an operation.
It may also be used to treat certain sexually-transmitted diseases (STD).
Metronidazole suppositories are usually given when you are not able to swallow oral medication. Once you are well enough to take your medicines by mouth, your doctor will usually change to the pill or syrup form of Metronidazole.
What side effects could I experience?
Metronidazole may cause dizziness. If you feel dizzy, do not drive or take part in any activity in which you need to be alert.
Metronidazole may cause diarrhoea, nausea, loss of appetite, metallic taste in the mouth, constipation and dark or tea-coloured urine. These side effects are usually temporary. If you have diarrhoea, drink lots of water to replace the fluids lost. However, if you have severe diarrhoea or diarrhoea with severe stomach cramps or bloody stools, alert your doctor.
If you develop rashes, breathlessness, swollen mouth or eyes, stop the medicine and inform your doctor quickly. These could be signs of an allergic reaction.
Metronidazole may cause other side effects. Consult your doctor if you have unusual problems while taking this medicine.
How should I store this medicine?
Store in a cool, dry place away from the reach of children.
Medicines must not be used past the expiry date.
Can I take/use this with other medicines?
Alert your doctor if you are taking any of these medicines:
- warfarin (a blood-thinning medicine)
- lithium (a mood medicine)
- phenytoin, phenobarbitone (epilepsy medicines)
- ciclosporin (a medicine for organ transplant)
- fluorouracil (a cancer medicine)
- disulfiram (a medicine used to treat alcoholism)
- amprenavir (an antiviral medicine)
Always inform your doctor and pharmacist if you are taking any other medicines, including herbal medicines and medicines that you buy without a prescription.