Metronidazole is a drug used in the treatment of bacterial and protozoal infections. It belongs to the nitroimidazole class of drugs, which exert their effects by disrupting microbial DNA synthesis. Common side effects with metronidazole include stomach pain, loss of balance, unpleasant metallic taste and swollen tongue.
Metronidazole is indicated for the treatment of bacterial infections of the vagina, skin, respiratory tract, and stomach as well as the joints. Metronidazole may be used together with anti-ulcer drugs to treat certain types of stomach ulcers. Metronidazole belongs to a class of antibiotics called nitroimidazoles.
Metronidazole works by inhibiting the growth and spread of protozoa and bacteria.
Metronidazole is only used to treat bacterial and protozoal infections. Metronidazole will not work for viral infections such as the common cold and flu. Metronidazole should be used as prescribed without wasting the drug unnecessarily. Any wastage of any antibiotic will reduce its effectiveness.