What Is Flagyl Used to Treat?

If you have a bacterial infection, your healthcare provider may prescribe Flagyl® (metronidazole). Specifically, short-acting tablets and capsules of Flagyl are used to treat conditions such as:
  • Trichomoniasis (a sexually transmitted infection caused by a parasite)
  • Certain infections, such as amoebic dysentery or amoebic liver abscess, caused by amoeba (a certain type of parasite)
  • Various infections caused by anaerobic bacteria (bacteria that do not need oxygen to survive).
Long-acting Flagyl ER tablets are approved for only one use -- treating bacterial vaginosis. There is also an injectable form that is approved for treating anaerobic infections and also for preventing anaerobic infections due to certain surgeries of the digestive tract.
(Click Flagyl Uses for a more in-depth look at what Flagyl can treat, including possible off-label reasons for using this antibiotic. This article also explains how this medication works.)
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