Dr. Ogbru received his Doctorate in Pharmacy from the University of the Pacific School of Pharmacy in 1995. He completed a Pharmacy Practice Residency at the University of Arizona/University Medical Center in 1996. He was a Professor of Pharmacy Practice and a Regional Clerkship Coordinator for the University of the Pacific School of Pharmacy from 1996-99.
Jay W. Marks, MD, is a board-certified internist and gastroenterologist. He graduated from Yale University School of Medicine and trained in internal medicine and gastroenterology at UCLA/Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles.
DOSING: Metronidazole may be taken orally with or without food. In the
hospital, metronidazole can be administered intravenously to treat serious
infections. The liver is primarily responsible for eliminating metronidazole
from the body, and doses may need to be reduced in patients with liver disease
and abnormal liver function.
Various metronidazole regimens are used. Some examples are listed below.
Amebic dysentery: 750 mg orally 3 times daily for 5-10 days
abscess: 500-750 mg orally three times daily for 5-10 days
7.5 mg/kg orally every 6 hours not to exceed 4 grams daily
750 mg (extended release tablets) once daily for 7 days. One applicator-full of
0.75% vaginal gel, once or twice daily for 5 days.
infection: 250-500 mg orally 4 times daily or 500-750 orally 3 times daily
Giardia: 250 mg orally three times daily for 5 days
800-1500 mg orally daily for several days in combination with other drugs.