Description and Brand Names

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US Brand Name

  1. Flagyl
  2. Flagyl ER

Descriptions


Metronidazole is used to treat bacterial infections in different areas of the body. The extended-release tablets are used to treat women with vaginal infections (bacterial vaginosis).

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 available only with your doctor's prescription.

Once a medicine has been approved for marketing for a certain use, experience may show that it is also useful for other medical problems. Although these uses are not included in product labeling, metronidazole is used in certain patients with the following medical conditions:

  • Clostridium difficile diarrhea or colitis (antibiotic-associated colitis).
  • Crohn's disease (inflammatory bowel disease).
  • Gastritis or stomach ulcers due to Helicobacter pylori.
  • Giardiasis (parasite infection in the intestines).

This product is available in the following dosage forms:

  • Tablet, Extended Release
  • Capsule
  • Tablet
  • Suspension