The dose of metronidazole your healthcare provider recommends will vary, depending on a number of factors, including:
- The particular metronidazole product
- The type and severity of your infection
- How you respond to the antibiotic
- Other medications you are taking
- Your weight (for children)
- Other medical conditions you may have.
As is always the case, do not adjust your dose unless your healthcare provider specifically instructs you to do so.
(Click Metronidazole Dosage for more information.)
Just like any medicine, metronidazole can cause side effects. However, not everyone who takes the drug will experience problems. Most people actually tolerate it quite well. If side effects do occur, in most cases, they are minor and either require no treatment or can easily be treated by you or your healthcare provider. Serious side effects are less common.
The specific side effects a person can experience depend on the particular form of metronidazole. Common ones include but are not limited to:
- Metallic taste in the mouth.
(Click Metronidazole Side Effects to learn more, including potentially serious side effects you should report immediately to your healthcare provider.)
Metronidazole can potentially interact with several other medicines (see Metronidazole Drug Interactions).