metronidazole - injection, Flagyl, Metro
GENERIC NAME: METRONIDAZOLE - INJECTION (MET-roe-NYE-da-zole)
BRAND NAME(S): Flagyl, Metro
USES: Metronidazole is used to treat a variety of infections. It may also be used to prevent infections after certain types of surgery (e.g., bowel surgery). Metronidazole belongs to a class of antibiotics known as nitroimidazoles. It works by stopping the growth of bacteria and protozoa.
HOW TO USE: This medication is given by injection into a vein by a health care professional, usually 3 or 4 times a day or as directed by your doctor. This medication should be given slowly over 1 hour. The dosage is based on your medical condition and response to treatment.If you are giving this medication to yourself at home, learn all preparation and usage instructions from your health care professional. Before using, check this product visually for particles or discoloration. If either is present, do not use the liquid. Learn how to store and discard medical supplies safely.Antibiotics work best when the amount of medicine in your body is kept at a constant level. Therefore, use this drug at evenly spaced intervals.Continue to use this medication until the full prescribed amount is finished, even if symptoms disappear after a few days. Stopping the medication too early may allow bacteria/protozoa to continue to grow, which may result in a return of the infection.Your doctor may direct you to start taking this medication by mouth instead of by vein when you are able to take medications by mouth or when your condition allows the switch.Tell your doctor if your condition persists or worsens.
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