Metronidazole can help to resolve susceptible anaerobic bacterial infections, protozoa, and other inflammatory conditions in the gastrointestinal (GI) tract plus anaerobic bacterial infections in the mouth when used as directed by your veterinarian. What is Metronidazole?
This is an oral medication that helps to kill susceptible anaerobic bacteria and protozoa including Giardia. It also acts as an anti-inflammatory in the gastrointestinal (GI) tract so it can be helpful in the treatment of diarrhea as a result of multiple causes. What are the benefits of Metronidazole?
- Effective against many cases of diarrhea.
- Helps with intestinal and periodontal infections plus other susceptible infections.
- Treats Giardia.
primarily cats and dogs but may be useful in other species. How is this medication given?
Use exactly as directed. Always follow the instructions your veterinarian gives you for your individual pet. If you have questions about how to use Metronidazole correctly, contact your veterinarian. How does this medication work?
Susceptible anaerobic bacteria and certain protozoa are killed most likely as a result of inhibition of DNA synthesis within the affected organism. Metronidazole also works to reduce inflammation in the GI tract so it can be help in the treatment of diarrhea. What results can I expect?
Your pets infection or condition should improve when you use Metronidazole as prescribed. Some conditions respond with a short course of treatment. Other more chronic conditions may require several weeks or more before they are resolved. If your pet seems to be worsening or is not improving after all required medication has been given, notify your veterinarian. What form(s) does Metronidazole come in?
Metronidazole is commercially available as a tablet. Generic Name:
Metronidazole (Common Drug Name) Common Brand Name:
FlagylDose and Administration:
Give orally according to your veterinarians exact directions. Give a dose as soon as you remember if you miss a dose but skip the dose if it is time for the next one. Never share this medication with other pets in the household. Talk to your veterinarian if you have questions regarding the proper use of Metronidazole. Uses:
Metronidazole works to treat susceptible bacterial and protozoal infections including Giardia. It can also help to reduce inflammation in the gastrointestinal (GI) tract. Possible Side Effects:
Nausea, loss of appetite, and vomiting are the most commonly reported side effects. Other problems such as diarrhea, lethargy, weakness, blood in the urine, head tilt, stumbling, and liver disease are also possible but less likely.
A true allergic reaction may occur if your pet is allergic to Metronidazole. Other side effects are may occur.
Your pet may salivate or drool if tablets are crushed or chewed.
If your pet appears sick in any way while taking Metronidazole, contact your veterinarian immediately. Drug and Food Interactions:
Discuss all other medications or supplements your pet is taking with your veterinarian before giving Metronidazole. Interactions are possible with anticoagulants, cimetidine, phenobarbital, phenytoin, and some sedatives/tranquilizers. Other drug interactions may occur. Precautions:
Pets who are allergic to Metronidazole or its derivatives should not take this medication. Do not give this medication to pregnant and lactating females. Debilitated animals or those with liver disease should be given this medication with extreme caution only as prescribed by a veterinarian. Storage:
Store at room temperature in a safe place. A prescription from your veterinarian is required to purchase Metronidazole.