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Brand name: Metronidazole (Sandoz) TM

Active ingredients: metronidazole

What it is used for

Metronidazole intravenous infusion is indicated: (a) For treatment of anaerobic infections in patients for whom oral administration is not possible; (b) Where immediate anti-anaerobic chemotherapy is required; (c) Where prophylactic cover is required at lower abdominal surgical sites presumed contaminated or potentially contaminated by anaerobic micro-organisms. Procedures of this type include appendectomy, colonic surgery, vaginal hysterectomy, abdominal surgery in the presence of anaerobes in the peritoneal cavity and surgery performed in the presence of anaerobic septicaemia. NOTE: Metronidazole is inactive against aerobic or facultative anaerobic bacteria.

How to take it

You should seek medical advice in relation to medicines and use only as directed by a healthcare professional.

  • The way to take this medicine: Intravenous
  • Store below 25 degrees Celsius
  • Protect from Light
  • Do not Freeze
  • Shelf lifetime is 3 Years.

Always read the label. If symptoms persist see your healthcare professional.

Visual appearance

Clear colourless 100 mL PVC bag with one connecting tube, an extra medication port and a twist off port, enclosed in a HMHDPE pouch, and containing an almost colourless to pale yellow solution.

Do I need a prescription?

This medicine is available from a pharmacist and requires a prescription. It is Schedule 4 : Prescription Only Medicine.

Pregnant or planning a pregnancy?

For the active ingredient metronidazole

You should seek advice from your doctor or pharmacist about taking this medicine. They can help you balance the risks and the benefits of this medicine during pregnancy.

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For side effects, taking other medicines and more

Download consumer medicine information leaflet (pdf) from the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) website

Reporting side effects

You can help ensure medicines are safe by reporting the side effects you experience.

You can report side effects to your doctor, or directly at www.tga.gov.au/reporting-problems

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