To ensure the safe use of Metronidazole, let your doctor know if you suffer from any of these conditions:
Blood cell disorder like anemia or leukopenia
Stomach or intestinal disease like Crohn’s disease
Having any of the aforementioned conditions may require a dose adjustment or special tests.
Use Metronidazole precisely as prescribed. For the extended-release dose, take the tablet on an empty stomach; one hour before meals or two hours after eating. Swallow the tablet whole without chewing, crushing or breaking. Breaking the pill will cause the drug to be released too fast.
To ensure no harm is being caused by the drug, regular blood tests may be required. The function of your liver will also need to be tested. Don’t miss scheduled appointments with your doctor.
Metronidazole can interfere with the results of various medical tests. Let the doctor or lab assistant know that you are using this drug.
FDA Pregnancy Classification
Metronidazole can pass into breast milk and can cause harm to a breastfeeding baby. Don’t use the medicine without consulting your doctor.
Store at room temperature and away from heat and moisture.
Burning or pain when urinating
Tingling or numbness in the hands or feet
Sores or white patches in the mouth or on the lips
Vision problems or pain behind the eyes
Trouble concentrating, behavior or mood changes, muscle twitching, slurred speech or seizure
Don’t stop using Metronidazole until the end of the full prescribed length. The symptoms may improve but the infections will not have cleared completely. Skipping a dose may elevate the risk of developing infections that will be resistant to antibiotics.
Don’t drink alcohol while using Metronidazole. This can lead to unpleasant side effects like nausea, vomiting, fast heartbeats, and redness under the skin, warmth, and tingly feeling. You should also not take alcohol three days after you stop using this drug.
Let your doctor know if you are in the first trimester of pregnancy. Your doctor should also know if you are pregnant or plan on becoming pregnant during the course of treatment.
Metronidazole has interactions with 174 drugs. The drug also interacts with sodium, liver disease, alcoholism, colitis, blood dyscrasias, dialysis and neurologic toxicity