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Metronidazole is a prescription antibiotic and antiprotozoal. It is commonly used in the treatment of certain bacterial infections and intestinal parasites. This medication works by disrupting the DNA in the infecting organism. If your pet has been diagnosed with an infection or has contracted an intestinal parasite, your veterinarian may prescribe Metronidazole. Talk with your veterinarian before administering this medication and follow their recommendations. Metronidazole is a compounded oral suspension that is available in different strengths and flavors for flexible dosing.
It is recommended that compounded Metronidazole suspension be used within 3 months. Due to the shelf life of this medication, please limit orders to an 80 day supply.
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Description of Medicine:
This medication is used to treat various infections. Metronidazole is an antibacterial, antiparasitic, and antiprotozoal agent. It works by disrupting the DNA in the infecting organism.
Cautions and Warnings:
This medication should not be used in animals hypersensitive to metronidazole (Flagyl) or tinidazole (Tindamax). Metronidazole should be used cautiously in pregnancy. Please contact your veterinarian if pregnancy is a possibility. Metronidazole should be used with caution and may require a dosage adjustment in animals with liver dysfunction.
How to Use this Medication:
The dosing and duration of this medication is individualized and may vary for each animal. Follow the instructions from your pet's veterinarian as well as the following recommendations:
Possible Side Effects:
Side effects tend to be dose-related. Metronidazole’s most severe side effect is dose-related CNS toxicity. Metronidazole may cause lethargy, CNS depression, ataxia (disordered movements), nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, weakness, neutropenia (decreased white blood cells), liver toxicity, hematuria (blood in the urine), and anorexia.
Beyond Use Date: